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CWA Anthology of short stories – Mystery Tour

Published Date: 13th July 2017

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Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from: Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick.

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‘Although not all of the 28 original short stories in this anthology reflect “the unifying theme of travel and intriguing destinations,” as genre expert Edwards asserts, the end product is still worthwhile. For example, Ann Cleeves’s delightfully vicious “The Queen of Mystery,” featuring an author known by that title at the Malice Domestic convention, works as a dark and twisted look at professional rivalries in the publishing business, but has little to do with the theme. Christine Poulson’s “Accounting for Murder,” the volume’s most original selection, tells its story through an accretion of receipts, such as one from a hardware store detailing a purchase of bleach and polythene sheeting. Maxim Jakubowski’s “Cruising for a Killing,” which makes clever use of cruise ships’ security procedures, is another highlight, as is Paul Charles’s “The Riddle of the Humming Bee,” an inverted locked room mystery in which it was apparently impossible for the prime suspect to have committed the murder. The diverse storytelling styles and takes on familiar genre tropes add up to an entertaining buffet for mystery fans’

 Publisher’s Weekly

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‘The anthology is filled with one wonderful story after another, some told in unusual ways, such as “”Accounting for Murder” by Christine Poulson, a story via sales receipts, hotel invoices, and solicitors’ bills … In most anthologies, there are good stories and not-so-good stories. But MYSTERY TOUR seems an exception to that rule, with each story having been carefully picked by editor Martin Edwards. If you want to see how short stories can pack a punch, make sure to read this collection’ Reviewing The Evidence

Author

Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday

Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis

Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson

Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler

Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey

Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles

Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson

Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan

William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

Online Reviews

‘If you know me then you know I am completly inappropriate and these stories brought that out in me without fail – I laughed at most of the final lines in each story. It was part ‘that is soooo funny’ and mostly maniacal laughter! Don’t get the idea that these are funny stories, they aren’t, but realise that as so much information and emotion has been packed in to a few pages that the rush is overwhelming so, in turn, the last like is the kicker and I loved it’ Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

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‘This collection was irresistible and I couldn’t say no. An array of stories written by some of my favourite authors – what’s not to like! … You really will feel as though you are armchair travelling … This is an excellent collection of stories that you can either read one after the other, or, as I did – dipping in and out and reading a mixture of authors both known and new to me’

My Reading Corner

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‘I have a great love for short story anthologies. They make for quick reading as you inhale each of the stories, and you can read them in whatever order you want! This freedom makes them incredibly appealing to me. However, there was a few times that I was desperate for the story to continue … The different ideas, devices and stories that  eventually made it into the anthology were remarkable. While I can honestly say that I enjoyed all of the stories in this anthology, there were of course, a few that really stood out to me’ Bookish Lara

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‘The point is no matter how you decide to read this book I’m almost certain that you will find a number of them if not all of the stories highly entertaining. There really is something for everyone within the pages of this book with a fantastic range of characters and situations. They vary in length and tone with some using dark humour within the story. It would be hard to pick a favourite story out of this anthology but it’s safe to say that I have found some fabulous new authors that I may never have decided to read if I hadn’t picked this book up … I really appreciated the travel theme and it genuinely was a mystery tour as I was never quite sure what kind of story I was going to get, which I loved! I can’t recommend this anthology enough it has surprises and twists galore with fantastic writing that easily pulls you in’ Rae Reads

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‘I loved the variety of writing styles, the skill that tops the list of evidence and the differing locations as we criss-crossed the globe from the streets of Glasgow to a trek in South Africa as these writers pooled their stories to produce one of the most satisfying collections of short stories I have had the pleasure of reading. This is one book that will sit on my bookshelf as a reference guide to remind me of those authors whose work I haven’t yet tried’ Cleopatra Loves Books

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‘It has been a few years since I have read contemporary crime fiction and this anthology has been a brilliant way to get back into it. Although I have heard of some of the authors, all of their writing was new to me so it was a great taster to their storytelling and has left me wanting to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed my whistle stop tour of some the best crime writers out there and I would highly recommend this book as a must read!’ Sarahs Vignettes

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Anna Mazzola writes a guest post about her life in books as part of the blog tour. Random Things Through My Letterbox

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Shawn Reilly writes a guest post about writing short stories and novels as part of the blog tour. From First Page to Last

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‘I found them all to be completely compulsive and brilliant … I am only full of admiration for the writers who have contributed. Each and every one packing such a punch into so few words … This Anthology of Short Stories is an absolute must for all fans of Crime Fiction, it would be a perfect gift for the crime lover in your life. It is an absolute treasure chest and there is something for everyone.’ Reflections of a Reader

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‘There are 28 short stories here – dark and lighthearted, lengthy and shorter more Instamatic pieces and famous and less well-known writers too. I think this is a perfect Christmas gift as you’re not risking them having ‘read it already’ and if they’re anything like me – they’ll probably finish it with a few more writers that they’ve developed a taste for and can go off and explore further.’

 On The Shelf Book Blog

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‘An absolutely cracking anthology which provides a wonderful introduction to the short story, with a mix of crimes to make you smile, cringe, gasp and nod. Nod at the sheer brilliance on offer. These guys fit more into a few short paragraphs than should be humanly possible – a sign of just how good they, and this collection, are. Brilliant.’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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‘I loved the fast pace of the stories, every word mattered and so there wasn’t any wastage and things got where they were going pretty fast … I think that this book would make a brilliant present as anyone will find something that they like and hopefully love. A non-crime reader will definitely find out whether they might like to read crime or not and if they do they’ll have some ideas of authors to try and crime fans will definitely find new authors to read.’ If only I could read faster

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‘The stories are very varied, in length, voice, setting and subject matter. I paused between them, reflecting on what I had just read, before embarking on the next stage in my journey … The CWA Anthology of Short Stories is a great stocking filler or birthday present – although you can also just treat yourself. This is an excellent collection of high quality crime stories, ranging from psychological thrillers to crime scene investigations, providing something for everyone – and the chance to get out of your usual ‘crime reads’ comfort zone.’ Off The Shelf Books

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‘Some of the stories are fast-paced and brimming with emotions, while others are softer and more sedate, lulling you into the horror of the action. I had planned to dip in and out of this book but found myself reading it from cover to cover as each story made me want to see what the next one would be like. I cannot choose a favourite as they really were all gripping in their own right and why have one good story when you can have twenty-eight? CWA ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES MYSTERY TOUR is a must-read for crime fiction fans and short story fans alike as it is a compelling collection with something for everyone, and I highly recommend it.’ Books of all kinds

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Judith Culter takes part in a Q and A as part of the blog tour. A Crime Readers Blog

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‘The CWA Short Story Anthology is a definite read for lovers of crime fiction, filled with murder mayhem and more. It would also be a great introduction for anyone who wasn’t quite sure if this genre was for them, it would really give them a taste of what they have been missing out on … This is a fabulous way though to introduce a reader to new authors and vice versa. So I think it is safe to say that It’s all about the books definitely recommends the CWA Anthology and I think I will be purchasing a few copies for Christmas presents.’ It’s All About The Books

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‘This incrediable selection of stories is perfect reading material.  All the stories are exciting, edge of the seat reading.  Like perfectly formed fruit, they wet your appetiate for more from each writer, but leave you satisfied and utterly spellbound at the same time.  Think of this book like a Christmas Advent Calender, full of delicous treats, for each story is a perfectly formed present in minature and you get to keep opening up more and more as you read on’ Books are my Cwtches

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Kate Rhodes writes a guest post as part of the blog tour. Books Life and Everything

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‘Whether you’re a crime fiction aficionado or want to discover some new and exciting writers writing in this genre, Mystery Tour, the Crime Writers’ Association anthology of short stories, is sure to satisfy, entertain, thrill and horrify readers the world over … A fantastic collection that has winner written all over it, it would be an absolute crime to miss Mystery Tour, a compulsively readable collection of short suspenseful stories that should not be missed’ Bookish Jottings

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I could go on for hours telling you about the cleverly crafted tales, about the obvious love and devotion the writers have for their craft … I love international crime so this was pretty much the perfect read for me.  Chock-full of GREAT stories, written by some remarkably talented people and the perfect Christmas gift for the crime fiction fan in your life.  This is a must-read book.  Don’t miss out! Damp Pebbles

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‘The truth is every single story is unique, despite being connected through the element of crime. Each and every author has taken the idea and made it specific to themselves and their own particular style. The CWA Mystery Tour certainly does not disappoint. It is a compelling mixture of talented authors and their often disturbing, sometimes amusing and certainly always memorable tales’ Cheryl M M Book Blog

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Maxim Jakubowski takes part in the secret library selections as part of the blog tour for the CWA anthology. Café Thinking

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‘I can honestly say that there wasn’t a bad story in the book, even though some a longer than others. I did find a couple of stories a bit strange (see Accounting for Murder by Christine Poulson) and some of them took a bit of getting into, but I will definitely be looking into all of the author’s other books in the future. The thing about this anthology is that you can pick and choose which stories you read and which order you read them.  It is also very easy to just pick it up and take 5 minutes out of your day to read a story and then come back later.’ Black Books

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‘It also does a great job of showing that short-form crime fiction, once assumed to be on the decline, is alive and kicking which is great for those of us that like to dip into and out of short stories between longer reads. Overall, this is a worthy addition to any crime fiction lover’s TBR pile and would be an ideal gift for the mystery fan in your life this festive season. With twenty-eight stories included, there’s plenty to keep avid readers occupied’ The Shelf of Unread Books

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‘Diverse and gripping is how I would describe each one in turn. The real beauty of this anthology is that each of the stories is about ten pages in length. Which if you are travelling to and from work is just perfect. I read this book inside two days … To say this is a fabulous collection is an understatement. It is simply brilliant. I am going to dip in and out of some of the stories again and again through the long chilly winters nights. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ The Last Word Book Review

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I don’t want to pick any particular favourites because I really enjoyed every story here, this really is crime writing of the very highest quality. The skill involved in writing a great short story is perhaps not always appreciated enough, every author here has succeeded in creating a compelling and satisfying tale that never left me feeling I’d been short-changed … The CWA Mystery Tour would make a fabulous Christmas present for any crime fiction lover; the ideal book to pick up and put down during the frantic festive season’ Hair Past a Freckle

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‘Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely, in a heartbeat!  If there are authors that you’re not sure about whether you might like their style of writing then this is a great book for you … In short, this is a cornucopia of talented writers, writing some of their best ideas and sharing them with us very lucky readers!’ The Quiet Knitter

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‘There are some very tongue in cheek mentions of writers, book tours and the demands of publishing which made me smile and a very good idea next time I check into a hotel with a key card or take a plane journey with someone. Brilliantly inventive each and every one and this was a mystery tour with a difference, a mystery tour which takes you across the world and back again, across the boundaries of right and wrong, across the whole spectrum of human emotions, all wrapped up in a bloody red bow. Highly recommended. A brilliantly witty, dark and captivating collection.’ The Book Trail

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‘Despite the imposing accumulation of collections that have appeared under his editorial stewardship, the level of his choices has always been impeccably high – very much the case in this globetrotting collection, which features an impressive array of current talent from Ann Cleeves and Peter Lovesey to Ragnar Jonasson and Vaseem Khan. Among the most deftly written tales here are entries by historical crime specialist William Ryan and the always reliable Cath Staincliffe. A cherishable collection.’ Crime Time 

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‘This is one of those books that you can easily dip in and out of. I found it ideal for reading on my breaks at work because of the length of the stories. The contributions list reads like a Who’s Who of crime fiction so if you want to discover some new authors this is an ideal way of doing it. I am going to thoroughly enjoy picking tales at random over the next few weeks. Definitely a must read!’ Book Lover Worm Blog

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‘I read a couple a day, that way each of the stories were getting the same amount of attention. I liked them all, I won’t say which was my most or least favourite, there are some clever, some humorous and some bizarre stories on offer. I didn’t dislike any of them.’ Steph’s Book Blog

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‘Some of the stories are a tad longer than others but they’re all quite compelling and oozing atmosphere. It’s honestly incredibly impressive to see how much information the authors manage to squeeze into a short story … if you force me to pick one, I’d vote for the one written by Ragnar Jonasson. Days later, it’s still the one that pops into my head first. When you read it, you’ll see why. It carries quite the impact!’ Novel Deelight

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‘I don’t usually read short stories but this collection is just so diverse and riveting it made such a refreshing change. The stories themselves are cleverly written and each story is self-contained … If there is one book you should read this winter than it is this anthology. It is one of those books you can just dip in and out off, picking a story at random which will take you on a short adventure for the evening and I can tell you some of those stories I’ve read are just so twisted and dark, it will keep you thinking…’ Chillers, Killers and Thrillers

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‘Whilst there were specific authors I was looking forward to reading as I am familiar with their work, I enjoyed being introduced to other authors that I have not yet read books from – suffice to say lots of new (to me) authors will be going on by TBR after my appetite has been whetted by this anthology. I highly recommend this book and the fabulous thing about it is you can either binge read from start to finish, or pick it up and put it down when you have a free moment. A brilliant selection of stories!’

Have Books Will Read

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‘If you are looking to do some travelling over the winter but don’t want to leave the comfort of your favourite reading nook then what better way to indulge yourself by taking a trip with some of these fabulous tales! Snap it up, you won’t be disappointed!’ Chapter in my Life

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‘I have to say this is a collection to drool over and this statement includes both the authors involved and the stories that I read … There are twenty-eight diverse stories that cover a full spectrum of crimes, from selfish gain at the expense of innocent people to revenge,  It really played with my emotions too as each one didn’t have time to stabilise in my mind before the next story began.  There wasn’t a story that I didn’t like. A super collection.’ Books from Dusk Till Dawn

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‘From psychological thriller to straight talking detectives there is something within the pages for every crime lover. I was amazed at how such short stories could still pull you into the pages and keep you on the edge of your seat! I really enjoyed ending one story and beginning another with the lovely anticipation of not knowing the style of writing or direction the story would take …This is a perfect read if you want to discover new crime writers or like to dip in and out of a book, you certainly won’t be disappointed!’ Wrong Side of Forty

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Gordon Brown writes a guest post as part of the blog tour for the CWA anthology. Swirl and Thread

‘A wonderful array of respected crime authors have contributed towards this collection with a theme of travel and intriguing destinations and I did indeed feel like I had travelled the world in twenty-eight easy steps, whizzing through the pages of felonies, follies and fatalities. By the time I closed the book I felt like I had met all of human nature and experienced places I had never been to … All in all it’s a great selection and a must have if you enjoy crime and short stories.’ Short Book and Scribes

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‘The CWA Anthology is like a plate of exquisitely crafted truffles begging to be tasted: some dark, some with exotic flavours, some lighter but disguising unexpected centres. Now, I don’t mean to alarm you, but have you noticed that, of the two of us, you’re the only one who’s eaten them?’ What Cathy Read Next

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‘My only complaint is that the book came to an end and I was back to reading whole books again. It’s been a while since I’ve read any collection of short stories and I enjoyed them so much that I was desperate for more of the same.’

Mrs Bloggs Books

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‘For the CWA Anthology you do feel that we are being treated to the some of the finest story telling … This collection is suffering an embarrassment of talent. There was page after page of brilliant narrative and I loved ending one tale and jumping back to the index to find the next journey.’ Grab This Book

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‘Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of stories which provides the reader with myriad stories that gives short, sharp bursts of mystery-filled tales. Whilst I enjoy a more lengthy, character-building, plot-twisting narrative, what these authors have managed to achieve in such a short amount of words is nothing short of genius … The compilation of the stories is perfectly balanced between totally shocking stories, amusing mysteries, and good old-fashioned detective tales. I look forward to reading more short story anthologies in the future.’ Segnalibro

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Cath Staincliffe takes part in a Q & A as part of the CWA Anthology blog tour. Crime by the Book

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