24 April 2019

Odd Partners: An Anthology Edited by Anne Perry [Book Review and Giveaway]

I always enjoy short story collections and I don't just say that because I'm a short story writer. Short story collections are a bit like going to a buffet or a chocolate shop. You can select from a variety of options and you try out different tastes and flavors. And that experience is no different with the book Odd Partners edited by Anne Perry.

First before I go into what I enjoyed about it, here's a bit about the book:

Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Winspear, Jeffery Deaver, Charles Todd, and many more, including Perry herself. 

Throughout the annals of fiction, there have been many celebrated detective teams: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Nick and Nora Charles. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. The latter were the creation of beloved mystery writer Anne Perry, the editor of Odd Partners. With this collection, Perry has enlisted some of today's best mystery writers to craft all-new stories about unlikely couples who join forces--sometimes unwillingly--to solve a mystery. From Perry's own entry, in which an English sergeant and his German counterpart set out to find a missing soldier during WWI, to William Kent Krueger's story of a fly-fisherman and a gray wolf in the Minnesota woods trying to protect their land from a brash billionaire, to Robert Dugoni's psychological tale of an airplane passenger who wakes up unsure of who he is and must enlist his fellow passengers to help him remember, each mystery deals in the complexities of human (and animal) interactions.

The collection features stories by New York Times bestselling authors Ace Atkins, Allison Brennan, and Robert Dugoni, as well as Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale and selected members of Mystery Writers of America. With each author's signature brand of suspense, these stories give new meaning to the word "teamwork."


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What I Thought: 

There were a few that I enjoyed the most so I will reflect on those as well as the anthology overall. Odd Partners is about "two beings who had to cooperate with each other, willingly or by force of circumstances, to solve a crime." (quoted from the book's introduction) Right out of the gate, I was intrigued by the first short story called "The Nature of the Beast" by William Kent Krueger. It takes you into the setting of WWII and one man has gone rogue, so to speak, and his comrade goes off to search with him, finding an "odd partner" that will help him. This was so well done and so captivating to me. I felt like I was in the bunker and searching right along with the two main characters. The other that I enjoyed was, "What Ever Happened to Lorna Winters" by Lisa Morton. I liked the character a lot here and loved his mission to find out what happened to the actress, particularly around his unusual find at his job. If you love unsolved mysteries and old movies, you'll love this short story. The other one I really liked was Oglethrope's Camera by Claire Ortada. This takes you on the journey of a sneaky cat who goes out at night and brings back an unwelcomed prize to his owner. This one had a surprise ending and I love that.

Each story was unique in its own way and figuring out who the odd partners are and their connection was always half the fun. If you love a mix of mystery and surprise, you will love this book.

Be sure to add this book to your Goodreads list or pre-order a copy on Amazon.com.

Best of all, I get to giveaway a copy of the book to THREE LUCKY WINNERS! That's right - three of you will win a copy. So, enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on May 10th.

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I received an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review. 

16 comments:

  1. I just discovered Anne Perry. We are reading one of her books next month in book club. What a happy coincidence to find this give away!

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  2. Having so many great mystery writers in this will have to guarantee that there are some fun stories!

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    1. Definitely! There are some gems in this collection!

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  3. I love short stories, they are so much easier to read.

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  4. Good review!

    I find with anthologies that certain tales will stand out more than others.

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    1. Me too! It's always interesting which ones do first round of reading :)

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  5. Nice interview. Short stories can be frustrating because as soon as you get into it and worry about the characters, it's over.

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  6. Great review. I love short stories but like people are saying, they are very hit and miss. I still always pick them up though. Great for when you just want something quick to read in between things.

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  7. i hope win the prize i like read the book

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  8. The birds and my namesake caught my eye.

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  9. I love anthologies! Such a great way to get to know authors I'm not familiar with. And see different styles of writing!

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  10. There are a lot of good authors in this set. I'm especially looking forward to Jacqueline Winspear's & Charles Todd's stories.

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  11. The cover was the first thing that "caught my eye"!

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  12. Sounds pretty interesting. Thank you

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