Blade-sharp and pared to the bone, these original stories by bestselling, award-winning female crime writers will lure you to the dark side. Fifteen perfectly twisted tales with a measure of evil, a dash of horror, and a dose of humour. Expect the unexpected… Fifteen original stories by Jane Casey, Tammy Cohen, Sarah Hilary, Alison Joseph, Erin Kelly, Alex Marwood, Kate Medina, Colette McBeth, Melanie McGrath, D. E. Meredith, Louise Millar, Kate Rhodes, Helen Smith, Louise Voss and Laura Wilson, with a foreword by Val McDermid.
This is a wicked crop of 15 short stories by modern female crime writers, several of whom I’d read before but many more that I had not. Most of the stories are thrillingly entertaining, some are pretty funny and one or two of them are achingly heartbreaking.
Several of the stories could even sustain longer books: I would quite happily read more about Seb and Lisa from Colette McBeth’s The Edge, Shirley from Stop the Pigeon by Louise Voss, DI Berenice Killick and DS Mary Ashcroft from Alison Joseph’s The Day of the Dead and Denise from Chance by Laura Wilson.
All of the stories are worth reading but other particular highlights for me were Alex Marwood’s creepy On the Undercliff, Melanie McGrath’s hilariously twisted Schiaparelli Pink Bikini and Erin Kelly’s tragic Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When.
A few of the stories suffer a little simply from being in an anthology called Killer Women because it means you know something about what to expect and can take the edge off some of the twists.
Nevertheless, this is a successful first anthology from the Killer Women and a great introduction to authors I will go on to read more from – and I have already bought Anthology #2!