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Murder By Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural Paperback – 29 Oct 2004

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About the Author

Rosemary Edghill is a prolific writer in several genres, under her own name and various pseudonyms. Her "Bast "books, witty mysteries featuring a Wiccan amateur detective, were collected in "Bell, Book, and Murder". She has also written Regency Romances and fantasy novels, including several collaborations with Mercedes Lackey ("Spirits White as Lightning "and "Mad Maudlin") and Andre Norton ("Shadow of Albion "and" Leopard in Exile").

Edghill lives in upstate New York with several cats and several Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which she shows in obedience competitions.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x98ce2978) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d94e88) out of 5 stars Crime and the supernatural 13 July 2009
By Chrijeff - Published on
Format: Paperback
This highly enjoyable anthology contains 20 stories by some of the best-known authors in modern fantasy (almost all female), from Roberta Gellis to Mercedes Lackey, brought together by an editor who has worked with several of them (not to mention co-writing at least two novels with the late, great Andre Norton). Despite the title, not all of the tales turn on murder (or even crime), but most do; they range from the funny (Esther Friesner's "Au Purr," in which a witch takes the form of a cat in order to learn the truth about her sister's death and watch over her young niece and nephew) to the somewhat baffling (Carole Nelson Douglas's "Special Surprise Guest Appearance By...," in which an aging Vegas stage magician meets...I'm not sure what), to the classic locked-room (Debra Doyle's "A Death in the Working," set in her MageWorlds Universe). Anyone who enjoys puzzles and the fantastical should enjoy the collection. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ceed80) out of 5 stars Extraordinarily good anthology 7 Sept. 2006
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on
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It is very rare that I am able to say that I enjoyed every story in an anthology, but that is the case for this volume. Many of the stories have a humorous quality, not so much laugh out loud as being pastiches of various mundane mystery and other genres.

There is a great diversity in the types of stories. The characterizations and story-telling are uniformly good to outstanding. The works tend to be set in somewhat feudal cultures, as fantasy usually is, but others are quite modern or otherwise set in familiar times and places (if you credit the existence of magic.)

Worth reading both for fantasy aficionados and mystery fans.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98dbca08) out of 5 stars Uneven but some real gems 30 Aug. 2010
By Bucolic watcher - Published on
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This short story collection is a fun read, and had tales I hadn't expected from some authors I really like. Like all short story collections, some don't quite fit the overall theme very well. One story breaks one of the cardinal rules of mystery, that the mystery story was terribly incomplete, with no closure or capture. That tale plainly is part of a longer novel and was not long enough to either make a good mystery or introduce the world to new readers. Stories that combine the limitations of mysteries and fantasy are difficult to pull off, and the tale by Diane Duane and the homage by Lee and Miller are especially good.
HASH(0x9947d180) out of 5 stars Magic ~ served hot, fresh & delicious! Good to the last drop! [even if you're not currently on erantry]. 2 Mar. 2013
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A great compilation of short stories ~ I enjoyed it very much! Diane Duane is one of my most favorite authors ~ I LOVE the Young Wizard series! I was initally hoping to score another short story set in the Y.W. universe {Uptown & Local, et al.} to tide me over whilst I impatiently wait for the next release of the Y.W.'s book #10 (as well as the 3rd and final installment of the related Cat Wizard books) as a welcome diversion, hoping to to find a Y.W. short story gem, but didn't. No matter ~ far from being disappointed, to my surprise I found a wonderful collection of amazing & imaginiative short stories ~ all deep, complex & well written. Like expecting average quality fast-food with one good item, but instead getting lobster for the same price: Great taste -- less filling! Bon appetite!
HASH(0x9962a174) out of 5 stars fiendishly magical story collection 1 Jun. 2012
By Carol Mello - Published on
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Wow! I haven't even finished this collection but every single story I've read in it so far has been fiendishly fun. It shaping up to be the best collection of mysteries by various authors that I have ever read. There is only one other collection that is a serious contender; the other collection has a permanent place on my crowded shelves and this one will be joining it.

In this collection I especially like Doppelganger aka Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick whom I have never read before. I will definitely be trying out the full length novels by the authors in this collection. The reason I buy collections like this is to locate potential authors unknown to me previously.

Highest recommendation!
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