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  • Mass Market Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books; Original edition (3 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756405386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405380
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.2 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,305,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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DAW has been putting out these anthologies for decades now, I've read a few, and while they haven't been groundbreaking, they certainly haven't deserved the disdain that they've often gotten. After all, has anybody ever heard of a story from one ever being nominated for an award? It may be that so many of them have a "house anthology" and a "let's settle" feel. The "let's settle" feel comes from the feeling that Greenberg and his associates are just settling for stories that aren't too bad, or too good, not really too banal, but also not really cutting edge, and nothing edgy. Just fiction that's as slickly commercial as it can get, a kind of sf or fantasy lite.

"Crime Spells" is a clear example of this. You would think that mixing crime and fantasy would be a great idea and would lead to a fool proof anthology that would contain all sorts of gold, after all, the whole urban fantasy trend is crime and fantasy based. Never underestimate the resourcefulness of fools.

******Take the first story "Web Ginn House: A Zoë Martinique Investigation" by Phaedra M. Weldon. Clearly Weldon is having more fun writing this story than most will have reading it. It's like, f'r sure, told in a TOTALLY flippant, pseudo-chick lit style. The fact is, I've been interesting in reading Weldon's stories for some time now, but this story has put a dampener on that, as Martinique comes across as an airhead, and the investigation as a joke. While this story is about an investigation of a haunted house, we never really learn WHY gun-for-hire Martinique's client wanted her at the house in the first place. Two stars.

******The second story is "The Hex Is In" by Mike Resnick, and it shows why the novels and stories by Resnick that I've so far read have singularly underwhelmed me.
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