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Murder by Magic: Twenty Tales of Crime and the Supernatural (2004)

by Rosemary Edghill (Editor)

Other authors: Carole Nelson Douglas (Contributor), Debra Doyle (Contributor), Diane Duane (Contributor), Roberta Gellis (Contributor), Laura Anne Gilman (Contributor)8 more, Will Graham (Contributor), Susan Krinard (Contributor), Mercedes Lackey (Contributor), Sharon Lee (Contributor), Steve Miller (Contributor), Laura Resnick (Contributor), Jennifer Roberson (Contributor), Josepha Sherman (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Retrievers (Short Story "Overrush", 3.5), Mageworlds: Publication Order (Short Story "A Death in the Working")

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A mixed lot of fantastical murder-by-magic tales ranging from0 spine-chilling to mind-numbing. I hunted it down for entries by Laura Anne Gilman and Mercedes Lackey - both of which turned out to be rather lack-luster. But both Will Graham's "Mixed Marriages can be Murder" and Laura Resnick's "Doppelgangster" took up the slack nicely, and I also enjoyed Esther Friesner's "Au Purr" - the nice thing about an anthology stuffed so full of different pieces; if one doesn't suit there's another just a page-turn away. ( )
  SunnySD | Oct 18, 2010 |
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. ( )
1 vote juglicerr | Jul 24, 2009 |
This is one of the few anthologies that I can say was worth the price of admission. There are 20 short stories and nearly everyone of them held up for me. Some excellent authors contributed to this; Mercedes Lackey, Susan Krinard, Jennifer Roberson, Laura Resnick, Roberts Gellis, Laura Ann Gilman to name a few. ( )
  Mendoza | Aug 7, 2007 |
An outstanding collection, although both LC and Amazon have it listed falsely as "Murder And Magic." ( )
  ElnEm | Aug 15, 2006 |
Well, of course I enjoyed this one for combining two of my favourite genres. ( )
  angharad_reads | Sep 30, 2005 |
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Edghill, RosemaryEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, Carole NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle,DebraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Duane, DianeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gellis,RobertaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Laura AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graham, WillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krinard,SusanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lackey, MercedesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, SharonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, SteveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberson, JenniferContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sherman, JosephaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carl,Lillian StewartContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeCandido, Keith R.A.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edgerton,TeresaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friesner,EstherContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamilton,M.J.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macdonald,James D.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matthews,Susan R.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watt-Evans,LawrenceContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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CONTENTS
Part I. Murder Most Modern
Piece of Mind by Jennifer Robeson
Special Surprise Guest Appearance by Carol Nelson Douglas
Dopplegangster by Laura Resnick
Mixed Marriages Can be Murder by Will Graham
The Case of the Headless Corpse by Josepha Sherman
Part II. Murder Unclassifiable
A Death in the Working by Debra Doyle
Cold Case by Diane Duane
Snake in the Grass by Susan R. Matthews
Double Jeopardy by M. J. Hamilton
Witch Sight by Roberta Gellis
Overrush by Laura Anne Gilman
Part III. Murder Most Genteel
Captured in Silver by Teresa Edgerton
A Night at the Opera by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
A Tremble in the Air by James D. MacDonald
Murder Entailed by Susan Krinard
Part IV. Murder Fantastical
Dropping Hints by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Au Purr by Esther Friesner
Getting the Chair by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Part V. Murder Most Historical
The Necromancer's Apprentice by Lillian Stewart Cart
Grey Eminence by Mercedes Lackey
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"Tales of mystery and the supernatural have long stirred the human imagination. Here are twenty original stories of diabolical crimes and magical solutions featuring some of today's top science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writers. From the Elizabethan era to the far-flung future, from the interstellar realm of the Eraasian Hegemony to the Las Vegas Strip, these ingenious whodunits (or whatdunits) are sure to baffle and delight every lover of mystery and the fantastic."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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