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REVIEW: At the Scene of the Crime – Anthology

Dear Authors,

078672055701lzzzzzzzThis anthology is subtitled “Forensic Mysteries from Today’s BEST WRITERS.” I’d heard of some of your names but forgive me if I say that mysteries, though I enjoy them, aren’t my first reading choice so there are some of you I’d never heard of before. What can I say except – I have now. And the stories live up nicely to the claim of having been written by the best writers.

I applaud Dana Stabenow not only for her contribution but also for her editing of the collection. Marty Greenberg and John Helfers rounded up the writers and got the project published.

The stories are located across America, from the heat of Florida to the bone chilling cold of Alaska. The people solving the crimes are from varied backgrounds and hold different titles. The ways the crimes are solved utilize everything from spy satellites, knowledge of sports, tax implications of a home sale, CPR, OCD, dental records, the victim’s job, and, of course, some post mortems. All are solved by the clues left behind and the intelligence of those determined to see justice done.

If you like CSI style shows, if you enjoy reading about forensics, if seeing how good, old fashioned detective work can dovetail with the latest in technology fascinates you, then give this collection a try. But don’t peek at the endings because that’ll ruin half the fun. A-


This book can be purchased in trade paperback from Amazon. Found in Kindle edition only.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Bev Stephans
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 12:18:49

    Jayne, thanks for pointing out this anthology. I don’t know how I missed it, as I
    get Dana Stabenow’s newsletter. You ought to give Dana’s Kate Shugak mysteries a try. They are a departure from the norm and are highly entertaining. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are two separate romances in Kate’s life over the course of the series. Stabenow is an awesome writer.

  2. Jayne
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 17:34:22

    Bev, I was very impressed with the Stabenow short story. Keishon has pimped her for years but I’ve just never sipped the Kool-Aid before now. She is – from what little I’ve now read – an awesome writer. And has convinced me that I wouldn’t want to live in Alaska!

  3. Sadako
    Mar 24, 2009 @ 18:27:08

    I love mysteries, so I’ll have to check this out soon. Thanks for reviewing it!

  4. FD
    Mar 25, 2009 @ 01:08:52

    Ooo, I missed this one too. *makes notes*

    I second the Kate Shugak rec – Kate is made of awesome and win and thoughtfulness and heartbreak in about equal amounts.
    And Alaska is practically a character in of itself.

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