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If you love mysteries, or even just like mysteries, stop reading right now. Go buy/borrow/beg this book. Then, you may come back to this post. You'll thank me later.
Ok, all kidding aside, this book is phenomenal. It is a collection of 12 chapter-length mystery stories, each one written by a different author. The crimes committed in the stories range from murder, to missing persons, to thefts, all organized into four sections: Impossible Mysteries, Canine Capers, Poision Plots, and Closed-System Crimes. Whether the delicasies of poision interest you, or you have a fondness for dogs, hot air balloons, or pearls, there is a short story for you in this book.
I also love the collection of different ideas and writing styles. It is wonderfully exciting to get a taste of each individual author through the story that they wrote! I was able to read each short story in about 15-20 minutes, and since each mystery is self-contained, the book is perfect for reading a bit at a time. Or, if you get hooked, you can read it all in a 2-3 hour sprint - it's your choice.
Either way, I think that every mystery enthusiast and book lover will find something to pique their interest in this head-scratching, uniquely engaging anthology (story collection).
Will you be checking this book out?