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LAndmarked for Murder is an anthology of mystery short stories written by some of the members of the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime. The central theme of the book is Los Angeles landmarks and the stories all occur near or relate to a landmark.
Reading a mystery anthology is akin to going to a new restaurant and ordering the sampler dinner. You get to try a small bite of many different things and expand your horizons beyond your usual fare. LAndmarked for murder offers the reader ten tidbits for all different tastes.
Leaving Slackerland by Gay Degani â€“ a young, unhappy woman is set up to take the fall for the murder of a rival in this gritty modern story.
Just Like Old Times by G.B. Pool â€“ a group of aged Hollywood actors get the chance to show they have still got it when uninvited guests crash their dinner party.
Making it With Gammy by Darrell James â€“ a man is hired to steal the ashes of his clientâ€™s grandmother from his vengeful ex-wife.
Marathon Madness by Dee Ann Palmer â€“ stolen shoes, stolen jewels, and a murder make for an unusual marathon for an experienced runner.
Sleepy Lagoon Nocturne by Paul D. Marks â€“ a vintage noir detective story with lots of mood and some unexpected twists.
It Doesnâ€™t Take a Genius by Kate Thornton â€“ a woman tries to thwart and overheard plot in time to save the victim.
â€œThe Best Laid Schemesâ€¦â€ by Jinx Beers â€“ one of a group of co-workers at Santa Anita Park is killed in a â€œperfect murder.â€
Setup by Pamela Samuels-Young â€“ a popular USC athlete is killed in a controversial police shooting â€“ but the circumstances of the event are in question.
Running Venice by A.H. Ream â€“ a reporter desperate for a story crosses the wrong people and has to run for her life.
Some Creature I Care About by Arthur Coburn â€“ a Venice homeowner with a problem neighbor has the solution presented to him.
These are all well-written stories and I was absolutely delighted with Just Like Old Times. I did find The Best Laid Schemes and Some Creature I Care About wanting, however. The authors both laid good groundwork for the stories, but didnâ€™t really make these two classic mystery and mystery/horror plots their own.
Did I guess them? Some. Due to their brevity, short stories are different from novels and have fewer characters to use as suspects. The authors need to have different tricks in their bags and there are some delightful twists in this anthology that I didnâ€™t see coming.
Favorite character? The geezers in Just Like Old Times are great and the thief in Making it With Gammy is also a favorite.
Will I read another? Absolutely. I love anthologies because I discover authors who are new to me. I often search out an anthology authorâ€™s books if their style or characters appeal to me.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007