Not a stretch to say that this is a good read: Ten Year Stretch

Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at CrimeFestThis excellent collection of mystery short fiction is published by Poisoned Pen Press and No Exit Press. It honors the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, a festival that I would love to attend. Profits from the book benefit the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

There are many reasons to purchase this book. One of the best reasons is the quality of the authors who contributed to the anthology. To name a few of my favorites, there are contributions by Simon Brett, Kate Ellis, Sophie Hannah, Ian Rankin and Lee Child.

Two of my favorite stories were Moses and the Locked Tent Mystery by Ann Cleeves and Crime Scene by Kate Ellis. I have long adored both series written by Ann Cleeves, one set in England and the other in Scotland. What fun to read a story by her that was set in an African safari camp. For her part, Kate Ellis writes mysteries that feature Wesley Peterson as the detective. His good friend, an archaeologist, is also involved and the novels take place in both the past and present. Again, her story was not like her books. It features a mystery writer at a conference and what befalls him…uh-oh.

I am generally not a big short story fan, preferring full length novels. However, these stories are helping to change my mind. Highly recommended!

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