Like A Charm and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
Price: 1.78

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Like A Charm on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Like A Charm [Paperback]

Karin Slaughter
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
RRP: 7.99
Price: 6.90 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 1.09 (14%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, 1 Aug.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 3.49  
Hardcover --  
Paperback 6.90  
Audio, Cassette --  
Audio Download, Unabridged 19.70 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial

Book Description

3 Jun 2004
Desire leaves a man destroyed - a young girl's curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden - an accidental encounter on a train ends violently - ambition leads to a curious exchange - an uncanny likeness changes two lives forever - A novel in sixteen chilling parts, linked by a glittering charm bracelet which brings misfortune to everyone who handles it -In Like A Charm, the cream of British and American crime writers combine for a must-have collection. From nineteenth-century Georgia, where the bracelet is forged in fire, to wartime Leeds, a steam train across Europe, the violent backstreets of 1980s Scotland, present-day London, a Manhattan taxi, the Mojave desert and back to Georgia, each writer weaves a gripping story of murder, betrayal and intrigue.

Frequently Bought Together

Like A Charm + Martin Misunderstood + Fallen: (Georgia Series 3)
Price For All Three: 16.75

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (3 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099462255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099462255
  • ASIN: 0099462257
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing short stories and novels since she was a child. She is the author of the international bestselling Grant County and Atlanta novels, the novella Martin Misunderstood. She is also the editor of Like A Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.

Product Description

Review

In Like a Charm, the cream of British and American crime writers combine for a tempting collection of linked short stories. From nineteenth-century Georgia to wartime Leeds, on a steam train across Europe, in the violent back streets of 1980s Scotland, present-day London, a Manhattan taxi, the Mojave desert and back to Georgia, each writer delivers a characteristic story of murder, betrayal and intrigue. And with such stellar contributors as Peter Robinson (writing about 1940s Leeds), Fidelis Morgan, Lynda La Plante (1970s Britain), Val McDermid (1980s Scotland) and flavour-of-the month Mark Billingham tackling contemporary London, some impressive writing is guaranteed. Like a Charm is the first collection of crime fiction to have one specific subject as the focus of every story and to take a geographical approach to storytelling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

KARIN SLAUGHTER, MARK BILLINGHAM, LEE CHILD, JOHN CONNOLLY, JOHN HARVEY,LYNDA LA PLANTE, DENISE MINA, PETER ROBINSON - A STUNNING COLLECTION BY CRIME FICTION'S BEST...

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like A Charm, Karin Slaughter 21 Oct 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The basis of this short-story collection is an original and intriguing one: each story, while entirely independent, follows the life of a charm bracelet, from its creation in Georgia in 1803, through time and across oceans, until it eventually ends up back in Georgia again. In each story, the bracelet plays its part, almost always brining bad luck to the one who has come to possess it. It's a short-story collection that could almost be read as a quirky novel. The only downside to this idea is that the connections of each story, through the life of the charm bracelet, should in some cases be made a lot clearer - once or twice it was hard or impossible to create a logical connection between one story and the next, and the old "so and so bought in an Pawn/Antique Shop" device was greatly overused - then as a whole this collection would be more powerful than it is.
The stories are incredibly varied; set in times and places as different as the American South in the 19th century to wartime Leeds in the 20th. In one, an accusation has dire consequences. In another, a train journey becomes anything but mundane. A sax player ends up getting more than he bargained for when he does a favour for a friend. A school-teacher's outing to London turns altogether more twisted. And a desperate writer makes a fateful purchase in exchange for inspiration...
I am very much a devotee of the short-story; they are perfect for slotting into a dead half-hour, ideal if you want a single-sitting read. Quick pleasure, instant satisfaction - if they're of quality. And, if you pick right - maybe one of Ruth Rendell's beautifully twisted masterpieces, of Ian McEwan's elegant, concise works - then they can be just as good as a novel.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good short-crime-story collection 20 Feb 2004
By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The basis of this short-story collection is an original and intriguing one: have each story, while entirely independent, follow the life of a charm bracelet, from its creation in Georgia in 1803, through time and across oceans, until it eventually ends up back in Georgia again. In each story, the bracelet plays its part, almost always brining bad luck to the one who has come to possess it. It's a short-story collection that can also be read as a quirky. The only downside to this idea is that the connections of each story, through the life of the charm bracelet, should in some cases be made a lot clearer - once or twice it was hard or impossible to create a logical connection between one story and the next - then as a whole this collection would be more powerful than it is.
The stories are incredibly varied; set in times and places as different as the American South in the 19th century to wartime Leeds in the 20th. In one, an accusation has dire consequences. In another, a train journey becomes anything but mundane. A sax player ends up getting more than he bargained for when he does a favour for a friend. A school-teacher's trip to London turns altogether more twisted. And a desperate writer makes a fateful purchase in exchange for inspiration...
I am very much a devotee of the short-story; they are perfect for slotting into a dead half-hour, ideal if you want a single-sitting read. Quick pleasure, instant satisfaction. And, if you pick right - maybe one of Ruth Rendell's beautifully twisted masterpieces, of Ian McEwan's elegant, concise works - then they can be just as good as a novel. While the stories here aren't quite of that quality (well, except for one; I'll get to that in a minute) they do align into a very good, very entertaining and satisfying collection.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so charming 21 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not a very pleasant read. 16 very vaguely connected stories about unpleasant deaths. Not what I expected at all and a bit of a disappointment really. Normally love this author's books.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars like a charm 22 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was dissappointed with the short stories contained in this book. They were written by a lot of my favourite crime and mystery authors, who generally have me on tender hook while I'm reading, but in this case the short stories just didn't hold my interest.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Charm -Karin slaughter! 25 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An absoluting fascinating read! Slaughter style keeps you in suspense throughout this book. The reader is left anticipating what is going to happen next, and feeling excited about reaching the end of the book!

Slaughter's approach to this novel really leaves you feeling that you know the characters, and can empathise with them.

Couldn't put this down! I love reading slaughter's series of books! many thanks for a throughly enjoyable and entertaining read! reading this really makes you have an appreciation for the wonders of reading.

Thank you

John
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure intrigue 23 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Each writer carried on the theme of the charm and each had a totally different angle. Couldn't put the book down and finished it in record time.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes Charmful: Sometimes Charmless 24 Dec 2008
Format:Paperback
I felt really bemused by this collection of short stories. Each featured a Charm Bracelet which brought misfortune to those who came by it but often I failed to see any linkage between the stories. Some were excellent - "The Goblin", "Plan B", "The Eastlake School"; some were poor "Rootbound" and others were down right bizarre "Down and Dirty" "The Inkpot Monkey". In particular the 2 short stories by Karin Slaughter were mediocre and boring. Most of the stories also had serious sexual undertones which was not necessary to make a good read. It seemed to me as if she emailed various crime authors and told them to write a short crime story about a charm bracelet which brought bad luck. Although the majority of the stories were enjoyable in their own right, together they were not cohesive. I'm a fan of Karin Slaughter and although I admire her for trying something new, it didn't really work for me.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A mixture of stories all around the same bracelet.
Published 18 days ago by miss K E Wightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 27 days ago by CHAS CLOWES
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
well what twists and turns we have with this little book so so so so different from her usual books
Published 8 months ago by gill
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. Has done better.
An interesting and novel approach to a book. Some better chapters depending on the author. A fair flow through the book but the link is occasionally vague at best.
Published 8 months ago by R amazon
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag of mediocre, great and meh!
Some of the short stories in the book caught my attention, but others soon had me drifting. But with each of these short stories written by a different author I suppose it is to be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura of Lurking
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I love Karin Slaughter books, this one was alright, but i love the Will Trent series the best. I'll read any book Karin write's tho..
Published 12 months ago by K.dools
4.0 out of 5 stars Another complex plot with lots of surprises. This time her characters...
Great read as always from Karin Slaughter, could not put it down! Lots of twists and turns in the plot, kept your interest right to the end
Published 12 months ago by Irene J Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing!
Didn't end properly. I don't personally like books that end this way. Not up to the usual Karin Slaughter standard
Published 12 months ago by barb1
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stories in it
Some of the stories are bit boring some are good. But one i'd bought separately was in it which was waste of money
Published 12 months ago by A. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprise
Not the book I expected but very interesting. A catalogue of very different stories each with its own peculiar twist which kept me wanting to finish each story. Read more
Published 14 months ago by DOUGAL
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback