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In his introduction, guest editor James Patterson observes, “I often hear people lamenting the state of Hollywood . . . If that’s the case, I’ve got one thing to say: read these short stories. You can thank me later.” Patterson has collected a batch of stories that have the sharp tension, drama, and visceral emotion of an Oscar-worthy Hollywood production. Spanning the extIn his introduction, guest editor James Patterson observes, “I often hear people lamenting the state of Hollywood . . . If that’s the case, I’ve got one thing to say: read these short stories. You can thank me later.” Patterson has collected a batch of stories that have the sharp tension, drama, and visceral emotion of an Oscar-worthy Hollywood production. Spanning the extremes of human behavior, The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 features characters that must make desperate choices: an imaginative bank-robbing couple, a vengeful high school shooter, a lovesick heiress who will do anything for her man, and many others in “these imaginative, rich, complex tales” worthy of big-screen treatment.  The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 includes   Tomiko M. Breland, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Brendan DuBois, Janette Turner Hospital, Dennis Lehane, Theresa E. Lehr, Joyce Carol Oates,  and others  JAMES PATTERSON, guest editor, has sold over 300 million books worldwide, including the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He supports getting kids reading through his children’s book imprint, jimmy patterson, as well as through scholarships, grants, book donations, and his website, OTTO PENZLER, series editor, is a renowned mystery editor, publisher, columnist, and the owner of New York’s The Mysterious Bookshop, the oldest and largest bookstore solely dedicated to mystery fiction. He has edited more than fifty crime-fiction anthologies....

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The Best American Mystery Stories 2015 Reviews

  • Randy
    2019-02-25 08:44

    20 mystery stories from 2015, in this case selected by guest author James Patterson who is not really my fave. Well at least there are some authors I like (Lee Child, Dennis Lehane, Jeffery Deaver), along with authors who will be new to me. - Snow Angel by Doug Allyn - 3/5 - interesting setting in Northern Michigan but somewhat slow and formulaic- Cowboy Justice by Andrew Bourelle - 4/5 - cowboy noir (?) with action and interesting characters- Rosalee Carrasco by Tomiko Breland - 2/5 - whodunit from multiple teen viewpoints didn't really click- Wet With Rain Lee Child - 4/5 - this old house with a secret - Red Eye: Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch: An Original Short Story by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane - 4/5 - Bosch and Kenzie together again for the first time- Harm and Hammer by Joseph D'Agnese - 4/5 - most creative use of an anvil in a mystery short story in 2016- The Adventures of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver - 4/5 - Deaver's stories always have that great twist - Crush Depth by Brendan DuBois - 4/5 - The cold war is not dead- Molly's Plan by John M Floyd - 3/5 - love them heist stories, but this one is a bit implausible- A Bottle of Scotch and a Sharp Buck Knife by Scott Grand - 4/5 - even when you can predict where this is going it's still entertaining- Shared Room on Union by Steven Heighton - 2/5 - locked in the trunk of a car with two annoying people- Afterlife of a Stolen Child by Janette Turner Hospital - 2/5 - interesting concept but the execution is lacking and the author's prose gets in the way - Apocrypha by Richard Lange - 3/5 - a standard heist set-up with a slightly different ending - Staircase to the Moon by Teresa Lehr - 3/5 - interesting characters and setting but the plot devolves into standard fare action movie stuff- A Man Looking for Trouble by Lee Martin - 2/5 - dull and predictable- Many Dogs Have Died Here by James Matthews - 2/5 kind of like First Blood meets Neighbors, but not as good as either- Motherlode by Thomas McGuane - 3/5 - there were some good elements but overall it felt rushed and unfinished- A Kidnapping in Koulev-Ville by Kyle Minor - 4/5 - even though the story is told in a detached, dispassionate tone it remains suspenseful and strikes a chord - The Home at Craigmillnar by Joyce Carol Oates - 3/5 - JCO is a pro and per the notes this story is somewhat personal to her but it's kind of slow and the twist seemed obvious- The Shot by Eric Rutter -3/5 - some interesting ideas but doesn't really go anywhere

  • Jonathan Peto
    2019-03-08 08:20

    Sometimes the reader knows what will happen and it makes you want to read on. Sometimes knowing ruins it. Maybe Stephen King knows what goes right and what goes wrong in either case (James Patterson too, actually), but I’m not going to attempt an explanation. Here though is my attempt at a teaser about each story in this collection:The Snow Angel by Doug Allyn: The powerful make matters worse. A thoughtful opener.Cowboy Justice by Andrew Bourelle: Young men seek revenge. Try not to wince.Rosalee Carrasco by Tomiko M. Breland: More revenge. Very different aftermath and tone than Cowboy Justice.Wet with Rain by Lee Child: International in scope with more hijinks by the powerful, but the narrative focuses on professionals who do their bidding.Red Eye by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane: Harry Bosch and Patrick Kenzie meet.Harm and Hammer by Joseph D’Agnese: In hiding? Keep one eye open and have a hobby.The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver: Genius criminal, but isn’t a snore.Crush Depth by Brendan Dubois: An old man who worked with his hands and mind sits on a bench. Includes a history lesson and an intriguing Cold War twist in present time.Molly’s Plan by John M. Floyd: Bank robbers. A couple, not as ostentatious as Bonnie and Clyde.A Bottle of Scotch and a Sharp Buck Knife by Scott Grand: Told by a child, involves a child. Disturbing.Shared Room on Union by Steven Heighton: Aftermath is important here. A couple are victims of a crime, but not victims of time or memory, maybe.Afterlife of a Stolen Child by Janette Turner Hospital: Also disturbing because of a child. And a neighbor.Apocrypha by Richard Lange: An ex-con who is a loner and a security guard. He must face a personal Alamo. Staircase to the Moon by Theresa E. Lehr: Find out about Japanese-Australians and the pearl industry. Murder. Beautiful siblings.A Man Looking for Trouble by Lee Martin: Motives. Told by a boy. About his parents and an uncle.Many Dogs have Died Here by James Mathews: A new neighbor. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the narrator almost becomes empathetic.Motherlode by Thomas McGuane: The narrator is like a bowling ball going down the gutter. You hope for a change in trajectory.A Kidnapping in Koulev-Ville by Kyle Minor: The prodigal son is a young woman in love.The Home at Craigmillnar by Joyce Carol Oates: Vulnerability and responsibility, past and present. The unknown and known life of the occupant of a nursing home. An orderly. The Shot by Eric Rutter: A police sniper moves in with a girl.There are a lot of great characters here. Though some are reassuringly familiar because of their roles in the genre, they are also unique and interesting. I am not sure why I won’t add a fourth star. None of the stories stank.

  • Grady McCallie
    2019-03-05 07:42

    For my taste, this year's entry has too few genuine mystery stories, and a surfeit of crime writing that doesn't really involve a mystery and is instead focused on exploring the psychology of victims or perpetrators, or striking an authentically pulpy tone. That said, my favorites in this collection include Doug Allyn, 'The Snow Angel', a mystery set on Michigan's North Shore; and Jeffrey Deaver, 'The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman', a totally predictable but pitch-perfect homage to Arthur Conan Doyle. Theresa Lehr, 'Staircase to the Moon' has an interesting voice and offers a great plot and mystery, with a solution I found unbelievable and inconsistent with the characters. Finally, the last piece in the collection, Eric Rutter, 'The Shot', though not a mystery, plays with reader hopes and expectations in a really interesting way.

  • Jean
    2019-02-22 08:31

    The Best American Mystery Stories, 2015, edited by James Patterson, crackles with excitement, snaps with intrigue, and pops with entertainment.I rediscovered what makes short stories great when I read this collection of stories by some of the greatest American authors alive today. The stories have all been previously published in various magazines.They were chosen by famed novelist James Patterson, together with Otto Penzler, who is the regular editor of this series.Short stories, when as well written as these, have the ability to leave the reader breathless. If they are mysteries, as in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2015, the brevity of the short story structure is a perfect frame for fast paced surprise twists and turns. The authors presented in this book are the masters of their trade.See what you think of the very first story in the collection, "The Snow Angel" by Doug Allyn. I loved his vivid writing and powerful descriptions of a cop dealing with murder in small town where everyone knows each other. I plan to seek out more of his work. "Red Eye", a collaboration between two authors, Michael Connelly and Dennis LeShane, is a really cool tale of a kidnapping. I could not figure out what was going to happen next, and could not stop reading it.Many of these stores have very satisfying endings. That is one of the things which is wonderful about mysteries. The resolutions are so great! John M. Floyd's story, "Molly's Plan" is a total gas. What a fast-paced, well told tale of a bank robbery. I loved it! Note that it is one of the stories singled out by James Patterson, in his introduction.Thomas McGuane has an offering called "Motherlode". His powers of description are both phenomenal and funny.His well fleshed out quirky characters are pure McGuane. His story is set in the West, and reeks of craziness, cows and crime amidst the sagebrush.Joyce Carol Oates, one of the greatest authors around, is represented here as well.Her story "The Home at Craigmillnar" is harsh and wrenching, but the ending conveys powerful vindication.Some of these stories can move you strongly. This is not just light reading. It is more than that. This anthology is a beautiful thing if you love to read mysteries in short story form. It goes beyond excellent. It is terrific.There are twenty stories in The Best American Mystery Stories, 2015. There is a section on the contributors at the end which is wonderful as well.A five star collection for any mystery lover of any age from 18 on up.

  • Susan
    2019-02-22 10:38

    This was the most testosterone-fueled version of this series I've ever read. Sort of felt like I should read it while riding a motorcycle, but for all that, it was a lot of fun. The one that really stayed with me was by Kyle Minor, but there were a lot of good stories, many by writers that I usually read in novel-length format. Fun to get a shorter sample of their work.

  • Amanda Nageleisen
    2019-03-01 08:40

    There are some gorgeous stories here, the kind that grip you and slip under your skin. I also loved getting a glimpse at what inspired them in the authors' notes.

  • Tomáš Ulej
    2019-03-11 09:44

    Chcel som sa dovzdelať, či tam niekde za morom nie je nejaký dobrý nový detektívkar, ale nedostalo sa mi. Buď je toto zlý výber, alebo je nejaký problém so súčasnou detektívkou. Radšej budem veriť, že to prvé.

  • Julie
    2019-03-04 09:28

    I found this book while hunting for books by James Patterson. I read the because I love mystery stories. I enjoyed several of the stories and discovered many authors whos work I wish to explore. However, I was disappointed that any of the stories were not actually mysteries.

  • S Blakely
    2019-02-22 08:48

    Really entertaining. There are some GREAT stories in this volume. Makes me want to check out past volumes, for sure. So many books, too little time!

  • Jeff
    2019-02-26 11:42

    This was the last of my Best American series from last year. It ends up being the least of the set but, that said still offered many interesting reads. The Snow Angel is an interesting look,at how a small town might handle an accidental death of a teenage girl. Especially when said death is inadvertently caused by one of the wealthy community members son. When the result of the cover up is worse than intended no one should be surprised. Cowboy Justice has us follow two brothers who are paying a visit to their local undercover crank dealer. They have a good plan, they have a good fake story, and the death of their baby brother gives them great motive but, as per usual, things don't go as plannedRosalee Carassco was a more affecting story. First we meet four girls, eighth grade girls on the eve of a big dance. Then we see them being mean to another girl in the locker room, if you have seen the movie Carrie you will get the idea, and then tragedy strikes. Later we see how the tragedy changes the lives of all the people involved. And we marvel at some of them. Wet With Rain centers on a couple of American men, sent to Ireland to tie up some loose ends around a former IRA activity. It seems their boss is now in a rising position of power in the government and cannot afford to have anything come out later. When the mission is complete it is surprising how small the circle of trust is. Red Eye is a story written by Micheal Connolly and Dennis Lehane. It could also be called Bosch in Boston. I was not familiar with the character of Harry Bosch. It was strong enough that perhaps I should be. Harm and Hammer was a bit of a twist. A woman is in the witness protection program, her life is not what she wants but at least she is Alive. At least the Sheriff who knows her background and checks in on her weekly is kind to her. The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman was another story with a sharp twist. In it we meet a man who as we watch him visit with his psychologist we realize that he is stunted. The Dr encourages him to explore his gift for problem solving. On a whim he that very day visits a scene of a crime the past evening. A woman has been murdered. Like Sherlock Holmes he offers some heretofore unseen clues to the detective. Eventually he comes face to face with the killer and the murderer ends up very surprised indeed.Crush Depth was a strong story. A man watches an old gentleman sit each Wednesday overlooking the harbor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Who would know that this story, set in the nineties, will harken all the way back to the depths of the Cold War. Molly's Plan is an exceptionally strong story. We watch a man, certainly no criminal mastermind rob a bank. A bank that due to its location and other factors is deemed safe from robbery. However, his wife has masterminded a plan down to the last detail. As we watch the robbery unfold, including the surprises at the end we must tip our hat to MollyA Bottle of Scotch and a Sharp Buck Knife is a story that I found a little grotesque. A boy finds out a friend of his, not a great friend, sort of an outcast permitted to live in his shadow is dead. As time passes he becomes convinced a rather peculiar teacher of his might have had something to do with it. I, myself, remember our burn barrel, out in the yard growing up, I must confess I never dreamed of using in the way this boy does. Shared Room on Union was an interesting story, a bit more psychological in nature. A young couple in a parked car, steamy windows, we've all been there. A man appears at the door with a gun. Soon the couple is locked in the trunk of the car listening to the man run away with their valuables. How well would you and your significant other survive a long night in a car trunk together. Note to car thieves : make sure you can drive a stick. Afterlife of a Stolen Child is told from the narration of the kidnapper/ killer himself. It is sad and scary and in places obscene. It is too close to murder porn for my choice. Apocrypha is a story about an ex con, trying to do the right thing. He works as a security guard ( without a gun of course, he's a felon) at a small time jewelry store. It is in such a bad neighborhood you have to be buzzed in. At home in an almost flophouse apartment he tries to stay on the right side of some very shady characters. Eventually they find out where he works and plan a robbery. He had a decision to make and there are no easy answers. Staircase to the Moon was a slow burning story centering on an Australian girl of Japanese descent who works as a pearl diver. When her twin sister, beautiful and a model, appears dead on a beach she seeks to find out what happened. There are plenty of characters for her to suspect but as the story progresses , of course, it ends up going places she never suspects. A Man Looking For Trouble was a strong story, not really a mystery so much as a tale of family drama. A man narrates a story from his growing up. It involves his Uncle Bill, recently returned from the war in Vietnam, his Father, his Mother, the neighbor family across the street which included his girlfriend and her Father, who, just happens to be his Mother's lover. It seems everyone knows, including his Father but no one speaks of it, it is the proverbial elephant in the room. Bill, wrought up with emotion from his war experience, is angrier than anyone about his brother's cuckholding. Many Dogs Have Died Here was interesting. What happens when a grieving, mentally unbalanced, war widow, moves into a neighborhood of senior citizens and announces her presence by slashing all her new neighbors tires. Mother lode was an interesting story originally published in The New Yorker. In it we find a cattle fertilization specialist who allows himself to get sucked into a plot to move hillbilly heroin, otherwise known as OxyContin. A Kidnapping in Koule-vile is the story of a Lebanese family living in Haiti. Owning a supermarket they are one of the well off families and their daughter is privileged. When she, the apple of her eye, starts running with a visiting tourist from Miami things start to go wrong. He involves her in a kidnapping plot that shatters both her fathers dreams for, and idolizations of her. The Home at Craigmillnar is a contribution from Joyce Carol Oates. It is a very dark story told by a young man who works at a home for the aged. One of the patients there is an octogenarian nun who in her younger days was the Mother Superior at an orphanage now known as having been abusive. One morning after coming in for his early shift he does his daily morning check on the patients and finds her dead. But of course that is not the whole story. The Shot is a story about a police sniper. He is good at his job, great even. Still we meet him as he is talking to a police psychologist, it seems he can no longer do his job. What has changed ? One day while monitoring a hostage situation he sees a beautiful woman through the lens of his scope. All in all this was, as these books are always, well worth the read.

  • Richard
    2019-03-07 08:47

    This collection is a bit different from the normal mystery novel. Lot's of ambiguous, open endings. A bit unnerving at first, but I found myself appreciating the complexity of the stories as I moved further into the collection.

  • Noah
    2019-03-07 05:24

    Not that many mysteries.

  • Isw2w
    2019-03-04 05:37

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  • Michael Stokes
    2019-03-14 07:33

    A great collection of stories from a wide range of today's best sources.

  • Shawna
    2019-03-04 08:23

    So did James Patterson actually edit this edition or did he just outline how he wanted it edited and pass off the work to a young hungry editor and then take all the credit?I found the stories to be a bit rushed, as though they had a specific page count they were being held to and they had to shoehorn their stories in to fit, and so thus were chopped down to within an inch of their lives.Not bad stories, just that they didn't seem to have the space they needed to be truly great stories.

  • Sunny Shore
    2019-03-13 03:21

    I would have to say that all the stories were selected carefully, as to writing and plot. These are well written mystery stories. With short story collections, no one person will like every story. This was the case with me. I have read collections where I loved every story, but I am not a mystery person per say, although do like mysteries. Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King are probably the best short story writers in my world, but of course, every reader is different. I enjoyed most of these and held my interest on a long cross country plane trip from Palm Desert, California, to Seattle, Washington and finally on to the NYC area. This is a collection of impressive, riveting stories with a little more than just a mystery thrown in. I recommend if you are looking for stories that have a little more in characterization development, plus a reliable mystery.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-22 05:39

    This was my first time reading this type of anthology. I was a little surprised at what is considered a mystery story since some would not have fit my classification. There were some good ones in there but there were also ones that I thought the stories were disappointing. I will say all of the writing was superb. If it had been advertised as best-written short short stories on crime for 2015, I think I would have rated it higher.

  • Joni Keith
    2019-03-04 04:49

    Thank you James Patterson. These are marvelous stories and I enjoyed each one. My top five picks would be 1.) Red Eye by Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane 2.) The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver 3.) Molly's Plan by John M. Floyd 4.) A bottle of Scotch and a Sharp Buck Knife by Scott Grand 5.) A Man Looking for Trouble by Lee Marin. Although there is something for everyone in this wide array of stories.

  • Joe Stack
    2019-02-23 07:33

    An entertaining collection of mystery short stories. The level of writing is outstanding. I think there isn't a bad story in the bunch. Typically, when reading a short story collection, I read a story, put the book down, and read something else. With this collection, only a few minutes past and I wanted to read another of the stories. The end pages contain brief bios of each of the writers and a short explanation behind the writing of the story. Very engaging; well worth your time.

  • Mitsuru
    2019-03-05 11:28

    All stories are fairly good. I liked "Wet With Rain" by Lee Child, "Red Eye" by Michael Connelley and Dennis Lehane, and "The Adventure of Laughing Fisherman" by Jeffery Deaver. As a result, all I chosed stories were written by the best-selling authors, but I enjoyed all other stories, too. I always wonder what is the mystery story, and I finally think what stories I enjoyed reading is. "The Shot" by Eric Rutter is better off listing short stories not mystery stories.

  • Tania Bilokin
    2019-03-01 05:49

    My favorite stories from the collection:The Snow AngelRosalee CarascoThe Adventure of the Laughing FishermanThe Bottle of Scotch and a Sharp Buck KnifeMany Dogs Have Died HereThe Home at CraigsmillnerSome were predictable, but left a strange lingering sensation which I also value as much as a good mystery.

  • Shari
    2019-03-17 09:46

    I would have liked more stories that would be true mysteries, rather than tales of suspense. I enjoyed reading the collection, for the most part, but would be most likely to recommend"The Snow Angel" by Doug Allyn, "The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman" by Jeffery Deaver, "Molly's Plan" by John M. Floyd, and "Afterlife of a Stolen Child" by Janette Turner Hospital.

  • Becky
    2019-03-16 10:43

    My favorites were the stories about the bank-robbing couple, the stolen child, "The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman," and "The Home at Craigsmillner." I was somewhat surprised because I wouldn't have called very many of the stories "mysteries." I would probably call them short crime stories. But overall, I enjoyed them.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-09 09:40

    Sometimes it's nice to read short stories instead of a full-length novel, but I found the quality and content of the stories in this selection to be uneven at times. As other readers stated, I'm not sure what even qualifies as a mystery anymore versus just crime fiction.

  • John
    2019-02-23 09:49

    One or two great stories including a twist on Sherlock Holmes and one about pearl divers, but several were just stories that had crime or murder or cops. Some were good but not mystery or even crime stories.

  • Kepi
    2019-02-27 08:24

    I found this book in the rental condo while on vacation in Hawaii. What a great book to read on vacation. Short stories meant I was able to put it down to go exploring, or read bits and pieces at the beach. Each story was unique and thought provoking.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-20 03:25

    It might not be fair for me to review this book because I'm not sure I actually like "Mystery Stories." I just read it because it's one of the "Best American" series that I haven't tried. In the end, most of these felt a bit gimmicky.

  • Melindaaaa
    2019-03-04 03:27

    Povídka jako žánr pro začátečníky? Ani omylem!

  • Jim
    2019-03-16 08:19

    Very, very good collection of mystery shorts. Otto Penzler teamed up with James Patterson to select a bunch of superbly crafted stories- my two favorites by James Mathews and Eric Rutter.

  • Amy Fry
    2019-02-21 07:46

    I always enjoy these compilations.