Many Deadly Returns
21 stories celebrating 21 years of Murder Squad
by Ann Cleeves, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Margaret Murphy, Chris Simms, Cath Staincliffe, John Baker, Chaz Brenchley, Stuart Pawson
Pub Date 2 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Canongate Books, Severn House
Murder Squad, a group of award-winning crime and mystery writers, celebrate their twenty-first birthday with a bang in this criminally good collection of short stories.
A dawn swim turns deadly in a brand-new short story starring DCI Vera Stanhope . . . Two bored cell-mates play a game with chilling results . . . A hen night in an isolated cottage brings new meaning to ‘I will survive’ . . . A train traveller teaches a valuable lesson in reading labels . . . A day at the seaside turns stormy for a woman who doesn’t care for foreigners . . . A wealthy retiree makes a new friend who connects her to the Other Side . . . and much much more.
Short, sharp and packed with twists, these 21 unputdownable tales showcase Murder Squad’s range and talent throughout the years. So why not treat yourself to a slice of murderously moreish fiction, and join us in wishing the squad ‘Many Deadly Returns’.
With stories by Ann Cleeves, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Margaret Murphy, Chris Simms and Cath Staincliffe, as well as John Baker, Chaz Brenchley and Stuart Pawson.
A Note From the Publisher
Average rating from 17 members
Another brilliant collection of unsettlingly fiendish short stories from some of the of the most talented and cherished crime writers
My thanks to NetGalley and Canongate for a copy of “ Many Deadly Returns “ for an honest review. As a rule I don’t tend to read short stories, as they seem too light on storyline.I’ve rarely read all the chapters , and found them more miss than hit. I decided to read this book as it had contributions from several authors that I have read, and enjoyed , in the past. This book was a definite eye opener ! Each story was interesting and suspenseful .It shows why these authors are some of the best in their genre .They are able to build up so much tension in so few pages. I’ve now ordered the previous anthologies, and I’ll be recommending this 21 year anniversary book to others who enjoy a good thriller.
There are two great things about anthologies. The selection of short stories makes them ideal for picking up and putting down, between books, or just when you have little time to spare, but feel the need to indulge yourself in a spell binding mystery. Mainly though, they are a fantastic way to enjoy work from your favourite authors in-between their main books, or quite simply to introduce you to an author you may not have tried before. This selection of stories fits both bills perfectly, and introduces to newer readers a plethora of excellent writers with great back catalogues to explore. In particular, my favourites in this selection are Martin Edwards, and Chris Simms, but I enjoyed all the tales. Definitely a book I will return to time and again, and use to introduce others to just a few fabulous people.