Review: Dead Simple Crime Anthology (Quick Reads)

dsThe Official Book Blurb

A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results

The grieving widow who finds that she’s about to lose more than just her husband

When a man attempts the perfect murder, it’s not quite as easy as he thinks

Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble

A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for

Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can’t explain

A murderer about to be hanged finds that’s not the worst thing that can happen

You never know who’s going to turn up at your door

Original stories from Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor – specially written for Quick Reads.

A short sharp and snappy collection of stories that does exactly what it says on the cover. From some of the greatest names in Crime writing comes a delightful mixture of stories, all of which left me either grinning at the cunning or stunned by the simple but effective twist which flipped the story in a full one-eighty. Absolutely brilliant.

It’s only a short story collection, each one lasting about ten or so pages, so there really isn’t a lot I can say without giving away each plot line. I did enjoy the way in which tables were turned on the characters in some of the stories and for me the highlights were Angela Marsons’ story which completely threw me – totally unexpected – Claire Mackintosh’s tale of someone getting their just desserts and James Oswald’s story which featured one of my favourite crime fiction detectives, Tony McLean (and a wonderful cameo from the fabulous Grumpy Bob – love him.)

It’s quick. It’s cheap. It’s a fluffing good read and a great way to dip your toe in the waters of some perhaps unfamiliar authors work. Go and bag yourself a copy from the following retailers:

Amazon UK



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