Book Review: The Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Mystery Box

This delightfully twisted anthology of twenty-one tales edited by Brad Meltzer and presented by the Mystery Writers of American all feature some sort of mystery box. Penned by top writers in the field, this strong collection runs from chilling to funny as illustrated by Joseph Finder’s “Heirloom” which gradually reveals a neighbor’s gruesome secret and the amusing “The Boca Box” by James O. Born features a mysterious, last ditch weight loss secret in a box. Jan Burke’s “The Amiable Miss Edith Montague” is a charming tale about a sweet lady who seldom said a cross word to anyone and the secret of how she did it, a secret that took her life. An aspiring newspaper reporter uncovers more then she expected while researching a story about the contents of lost and found boxes in “Waco 1982” by Laura Lippman. These are just a tease at the wealth of secrets awaiting readers in this entertaining anthology that is sure to make waiting for appointments a whole lot easier.

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