Special Feature: When A Stranger Comes to Town by Michael Koryta

Where are my murderionos at? Are you obsessed with mysteries? I know I sure am! I love a classic whodunnit and while I love full length novels, there is something enticing about an anthology of short stories. Anthologies or short stories always seen to have one or two really good stories and then a few that just aren’t as great which always makes me a little wary when it comes to reading them, however, I really liked the idea of shorter mysteries for one reason—they reminded me of a tv show set up.

When I was pregnant with my son, I had terrible nausea all day. I spent 6 weeks in bed watching ID Discovery Chanel and some of my favorite shows were ones that featured multiple different mysteries in the episode. That’s what short stories remind me of—-short tv shows versus a longer feature fill (like a novel) so I was instantly attracted to this book and I loved the ‘stranger danger’ troupe!

I love that it takes the ‘stranger danger’ component and really brings that to the forefront of the mystery anthology! There are some serious powerhouse writers featured in this anthology (Joe Hill!) and I cannot wait to check it out. If you love mysteries and are looking for a different approach to mysteries then this might be a great anthology to start with! Be sure to check it out, it’s coming out tomorrow!


The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring surprising, page-turning twists on the genre from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction

It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories—a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there’s something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbor, the fish out of water.

No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz and Joe Hill. (summary from Goodreads)


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