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Murder by magic : twenty tales of crime and the supernatural
Edghill, Rosemary.
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New York : Aspect, [2004]

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vi, 345 pages ; 23 cm
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This anthology features 20 original stories of murder by acclaimed and award-winning science fiction and fantasy writers.

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Booklist Review

Here's an interesting collection. These 20 stories, by names both big and small, feature otherwordly crimes and supernatural solutions. Carole Nelson Douglas writes about a stage magician who meets a real magician; Diane Duane introduces us to a detective who solve crimes with the help of the dead; Laura Resnick (in the delightfully titled Dopplegangster ) writes about mobsters who are dying after seeing someone who looks just like them. The stories plunge us deep into history and fling us far into the future. The fantasy elements may put off mystery fans of the never-mix, never-worry variety, but readers who don't mind mixing things up a little, crossing over genres and back again, should have a very good time indeed. --David Pitt Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although authors such as Randall Garrett in his acclaimed Lord Darcy series successfully melded whodunit plots with alternate universes where magic is real, few of the 20 supernatural mystery short stories in Edghill's all-original anthology rise above the mundane. Inspired contributions include Teresa Edgerton's "Captured in Silver," a nice ghostly locked-room murder tale, and Lillian Stewart Carl's "The Necromancer's Apprentice," which presents an interesting solution to the actual mystery surrounding the death of Amy Robsart, wife of Elizabeth I's favorite lord, balancing wizardry with astute deductions about the political motives of those who stood to benefit. The standout, James D. Macdonald's "A Tremble in the Air," introduces a psychic detective, Orville Nesbit, who's clearly heir to the tradition of such sleuths as Algernon Blackwood's John Silence and who deserves to live on in further tales. Unfortunately, most of the other stories rely on catchy gimmicks (e.g., a husband-and-wife sorcerer team based on Nick and Nora Charles in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's "A Night at the Opera") rather than well-crafted puzzles. The jacket art showing a white-bearded wizard gazing at a body outline on the flagstones of a foggy, gas-lit street amusingly evokes the fantasy-crime blend. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In "Piece of Mind," Jennifer Robinson introduces a detective who can communicate with even the most unusual witnesses, while in Mercedes Lackey's "Grey Eminence," two young girls in Victorian England are pursued by a supernatural killer. Mingling fantasy with mystery, this collection of 20 tales by such diverse authors as Carole Nelson Douglas, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and Esther Friesner should attract a wide readership among aficionados of these genres. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Rosemary EdghillJennifer RobersonCarole Nelson DouglasLaura ResnickWill GrahamJosepha ShermanDebra DoyleDiane DuaneSusan R. MatthewsM. J. HamiltonRoberta GellisLaura Anne GilmanTeresa EdgertonSharon Lee and Steve MillerJames D. MacdonaldSusan KrinardLawrence Watt-EvansEsther FriesnerKeith R. A. DeCandidoLillian Stewart CarlMercedes LackeyRosemary Edghill
Introductionp. 1
Part I Murder Most Modernp. 3
Piece of Mindp. 5
Special Suprise Guest Appearance by ...p. 21
Doppelgangsterp. 35
Mixed Marriages Can Be Murderp. 51
The Case of the Headless Corpsep. 63
Part II Murder Unclassifiablep. 81
A Death in the Workingp. 83
Cold Casep. 95
Snake in the Grassp. 111
Double Jeopardyp. 125
Witch Sightp. 139
Overrushp. 155
Part III Murder Most Genteelp. 171
Captured in Silverp. 173
A Night at the Operap. 189
A Tremble in the Airp. 205
Murder Entailedp. 225
Part IV Murder Fantasticalp. 243
Dropping Hintsp. 245
Au Purrp. 259
Getting the Chairp. 277
Part V Murder Most Historicalp. 293
The Necromancer's Apprenticep. 295
Grey Eminencep. 311
Afterwordp. 341
About the Editorp. 346