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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Graffeg (7 Sept. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909823740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909823747
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The range of stories is impressive, from twisty-turny thrillers to little mysteries to haunting tales of more simple crimes to one out-and-out ghost story. And every one of them was a delight. [...] Well, this is one of the most impressive collections of short stories that I ve come across beautifully crafted stories in a beautifully crafted book. What else needs to be said? This is Highly Recommended. --In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

One of the joys of collections such as this is that it's a risk-free introduction to the work of authors you might not have encountered before. Helena Edwards is a new author, but her neat story House Guest with a twist I wasn't expecting has added her name to my 'watch' list. I'll be interested to see how she copes with a longer story. Valerie Laws - perhaps more famous for spray painting poetry on live sheep - intrigued me with her Mountains out of Molehills, which neatly proved that risk might not be where you expect it to be. [...] Because of the photographs there's an unexpected bonus with this book. The quality of the paper is perhaps the best I've encountered in a paperback - think of what top quality hardbacks feel like as you read them - and it's a real pleasure to hold and to read. --The Bookbag

There is not a single story here that can be second-guessed, predicted or marginalised as each gives a true representation not only of the corresponding photographs with which the author was provided, but also a deep underlying understanding of what each location might contain and then throws the obligatory crime into the mix to add extra menace. A consummate example of what happens when stunning art work meets exemplary writing prowess, The Starlings & Other Stories is the perfect demonstration of how important short stories remain and how inspirational the everyday can be when placed in the most creative of hands. --Shots Magazine

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Murder Squad are a collective of six crime and mystery writers based in the north of England. They are: Ann Cleeves, Martin Edwards, Margaret Murphy, Cath Staincliffe Kate Ellis, Chris Simms. They have each recruited an accomplice to contribute a story to the collection. They are: Mary Sharratt, Valerie Laws, Toby Forward, Jim Kelly, Helena Edwards and Christine Poulson.

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