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Mystery Writers of America Presents Manhattan Mayhem (2015)

by Mary Higgins Clark (Editor & Introduction)

Other authors: Ayres N. J. (Contributor), Jon L Breen (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor), Thomas H. Cook (Contributor), Jeffrey Deaver (Contributor)11 more, Brendan DuBois (Contributor), Julie Hyzy (Contributor), Judith Kelman (Contributor), Margaret Maron (Contributor), T. Jefferson Parker (Contributor), Nancy Pickard (Contributor), S. J. Rozan (Contributor), Justin Scott (Contributor), Persia Walker (Contributor), Ben H. Winters (Contributor), Angela Zeman (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Mystery Writers of America Anthology (2015)

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A collection of 17 short stories.

****The Five-Dollar Dress by Mary Higgins Clark - A young woman's grandmother has recently passed away. While going through her things she finds a vital clue to a murder that happened long ago.

*****White Rabbit by Julie Hyzy - A young woman is reading a copy of "Alice in Wonderland" near the Alice in Wonderland statue. A persistent man approaches her and insists on making small talk until he finds out why she chose to read that book near that statue on this particular day.

*The Picture of the Lonely Diner by Lee Child - I didn't understand this one.

***Three Little Words by Nancy Pickard - A young woman with a few weeks left to live makes a bucket list.

***Damage Control by Thomas H. Cook - After finding out about his former foster child's death, a man thinks back to the time they were a family and what led to his decision that she could no longer stay with him and his family.

***The Day After Victory by Brendan Dubois - An old street sweeper is cleaning up after New York celebrates the end of the war when he tries to strike up a conversation with a man in an alcove.

*****Serial Benefactor by Jon L. Breen - In his younger years, when he was a broadway actor, a serial killer took the lives of those who weren't very well-liked within the theatre. Figuring it was someone he knew, this old man has been trying to solve this 'whodunnit' for many, many years.

**Trapped! by Ben H. Winters - Written as a play. The detective tries to find out who killed the producer.

**Wall Street Rodeo by Angela Zeman - A young boy pays $5 to hear a story from an old con man in the hopes the old man will remember where he stashed his fortune.

**Copycats by N. J. Ayres - Three boys who were friends when they were young are deployed in World War II together along with another guy from their neighbourhood. What paths do they take after the war?

**Red-Headed Stepchild by Margaret Maron - A young girl gets revenge on her new step-mother and her daughter.

****Sutton Death Overtime by Judith Kelman - An obnoxious reporter attends a monthly gathering of the top New York mystery writers. After promising not to give anything away to the public about what the writers say, he spills his guts after one woman spews out the plot of her next true-crime novel. I did not like the ending at all.

*Dizzy and Gillespie by Persia Walker - I didn't like this one.

**Me and Mikey by T. Jefferson Parker - Two brothers, who are nothing alike, grow up in a Mafia family.

****Evermore by Justin Scott - Edgar Allan Poe and a bank robber time travel together to pull off a heist.

**Chin Yong-Yun Makes a Shiddach by S.J. Rozan - A mothers youngest son needs her to get in touch with his sister, a private investigator, because his girlfriend has been kidnapped and held for ransom. Instead of getting a hold of the sister, she takes things into her own hands and makes a shiddach in the process.

**The Baker of Bleeker Street by Jeffery Deaver - An Italian baker wants payback.

Overall I liked the book.

I won a hardcover copy through BookLikes from Quirk Books. Thank you. It's an attractive book with nice pictures. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Some very enjoyable stories and a few clunkers which I happily skipped! ( )
1 vote Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
A suspense filled set of short stories written by the best mystery writers in print today. These short stories will take you from present day Manhattan to Manhattans beginnings.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Sep 16, 2016 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Manhattan Mayhem is an anthology of crime stories that take place in various parts of the city. It was edited by Mary Higgins Clark and put out by the Mystery Writers of America. Each story is accompanied by a map indicating it's particular section of New York, such as Chelsea or Greenwich Village or the Upper West Side. They range in time from the 1900s to the early 2000s. I had previously read books by most of the authors, as all are pretty well-known and widely read. Some I was reading for the first time and enjoyed the introduction. I would recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys the mystery and crime genres and especially likes short stories.

(Review based on complimentary Advance Reader copy.) ( )
  wcath | Jul 19, 2016 |
This is one of the best anthologies of crime stories that I have ever read. All the stories are set in Manhattan, but they range in time from the early 1900's to the early 2000's. The settings take in the many neighborhoods of New York, from Sutton Place to Chinatown, from Central Park to Harlem. Edited by Mary Higgins Clark, authors include well-known names (Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver) and many other award-winning writers. This is a unique and gripping collection of stories. Highly recommended! ( )
  mclane | Feb 26, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Clark, Mary HigginsEditor & Introductionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayres N. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Breen, Jon LContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cook, Thomas H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DuBois, BrendanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hyzy, JulieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelman, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maron, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parker, T. JeffersonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pickard, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rozan, S. J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scott, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, PersiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Winters, Ben H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zeman, AngelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berkrot, PeterReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
LaVoy, JanuaryReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159474761X, Hardcover)

Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods in this anthology of all-new stories from the Mystery Writers of America. From the Flatiron District (Lee Child) and Greenwich Village (Jeffery Deaver) to Little Italy (T. Jefferson Parker) and Chinatown (S.J. Rozan), you’ll encounter crimes, mysteries, and riddles large and small. Illustrated with iconic photography of New York City and packaged in a handsome hardcover,Manhattan Mayhem is a delightful read for armchair detectives and armchair travelers alike!

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From Wall Street and Greenwich Village to Chinatown, Harlem and beyond, the streets and skyscrapers of Manhattan are brimming with crimes and misdemeanors.

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