writing is murder
August 11, 2009
It’s such fun having a story in a collection about mayhem! Thanks to the Bellingham Herald for the good ink. 🙂
Murder and mayhem star in fiction from Northwest mystery writers
It would be criminal to let the summer go by without indulging in a little escapist reading in the mystery genre. Two of the Northwest’s bestselling suspense authors have come out with books that should satisfy every reader’s sleuth-tooth.
Whidbey Island writer Elizabeth George, perhaps best known for her popular Inspector Lynley series, has edited “Two of the Deadliest,” a collection of 23 never-before-published stories, most of them submitted by some of the top female crime writers at work today. But also included are stories from five up-and-coming writers from George’s own writing classes. All of the selections focus on lust and greed, transgressions that (as the title suggests) fuel some pretty abhorrent crimes.
Some tales in this book are downright chilling, although the contributions by the Northwest-based authors seem to have a bit lighter touch. George and another one of her bestselling writer-pals, Bainbridge Island author Susan Wiggs, each serve up stories having to do with false identities and misbegotten romance. Eugene, Ore., author Elizabeth Engstrom writes about siblings gathered together for the reading of their dad’s will.
This anthology, with its variety of stories, is a good way for fans of crime writing to discover new favorite authors.
The Bookmonger is Barbara Lloyd McMichael, who writes this weekly column focusing on the books, authors and publishers of the Pacific Northwest. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.