Regional anthologies, as opposed to ones on a certain literary them or device, seem to be very popular these days. Usually it is a state or a region of the country but in this case it is a city. One would think it would be published by a publisher there. Instead, and what pulled my attention to it in the first place, was the fact that it was done by the same Texas publisher that did Sylvia Dickeyâ€™s â€œDance On His Graveâ€ novel. L&L Dreamspell seems to be doing a lot of interesting things in a wide variety of areas.
Murder New York Style: 21 Stories By Authors Of Greater New York
Edited By Randy Kandel
L & L Dreamspell
Large Trade Paperback
Showcasing New York past and present, these twenty one tales by authors of the Sisters in Crime New York/Tri State Chapter contain murder and mayhem in a variety of forms.
“Name Taggingâ€ by Randy Kandel, who pulls double duty as editor and also serves as President of the chapter, revolves around murder and deception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Friendship leads to murder in â€œMister Rightâ€ by Ronnie Klaskin in a way you will never see coming.
New York very well could be the shopping capital of the world especially in terms of fake goods. A certain knock off purse in â€œthe Knock Offâ€ by Chelle Martin just might be more trouble than it or the real counterpart is worth.
Bodies in the backyard should not appear before ten in the morningâ€”especially on a Saturday. If one does, it would be nice not to have Mrs. Zablonksky living next door. Once she starts screaming about the body in the backyard there is no way Lydia is going to get back to sleep in â€œOut In The Coldâ€ by Meredith Cole.
Being the adult child of a cop as well as a cop herself isnâ€™t easy for Ellie in â€œNYPDaughterâ€ by Triss Stein. Such a situation makes one see the world very differently.
Lies take on a life of their own in â€œThe Lieâ€ by Anita Page. It may be forty years later but the lie never went away.
Teaching business at Hudson College isnâ€™t the background one really needs to catch a test thief in â€œNone of the Aboveâ€ by Deirdre Verne. Professor Zoe Johnstone is not about to let that stop her as she hunts for a thief.
Also included in this anthology are stories from Â Cynthia Baxter, Fran Bannigan Cox, Peggy Ehrhart, Erica Harth, Marianna Heusler, Nan Higginson, M. E. Kemp, Margarret Mendel, Terrie Farley Moran, Dorothy Mortman, R. M. Peluso, Pearl Wolf, Lina Zeldovich, and Elizabth Zelvin. The sketches that frame the eight sections of the book were done by Kat (no last name listed) and the cover art was done by Rebecca A. Kandel.
Featuring diverse backgrounds and varied settings such as belly dancing in a nightclub, a vice presidentâ€™s office, a mill factory, each story is clearly and distinctively New York. Each story features rich characterizations and an avoidance for the most part of graphic violence. Humor occasionally plays a part in these tales which often unroll at a sedately pace whether set now or far in the past. The result is an anthology that will bring hours of pleasure for those so inclined to partake and serve not only to entertain with mystery but to provide a sort of cultural roadmap to the city.
Kevin R. Tipple Â© 2008