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

By Sandy Amazeen Feb 27, 2013, 8:40 GMT

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

There\'s nothing more mysterious than a locked box. Whether it\'s a literal strongbox, an empty coffin, the inner workings of a scientist\'s mind, or an underground prison cell, there are those who will use any means necessary to unlock the secrets of...THE MYSTERY BOX.With this anthology, bestselling author Brad Meltzer introduces twenty-one original stories from today\'s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman\'s "Waco 1982," a young reporter stuck with ...more

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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