Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Love & Other Crimes

Love & Other Crimes: Stories by Sara Paretsky
HarperCollins: 6/30/20
review copy; 448 pages

Love & Other Crimes: Stories by Sara Paretsky is a highly recommended collection of fourteen short stories written from 1996 to 2018.

Paretsky, a master of crime novels featuring compelling plots and nail-biting suspense, showcases her talent for short stories in this collection. One story is a new V.I. story while the rest have been previously published other places. About half are V.I. Warshawski stories. All of the stories feature people who kill for love, many of them for family. 

The collection includes: Love & Other Crimes; Miss Bianca; Is It Justice?; Flash Point; Acid Test; Safety First; Trial by Fire; Murder at the Century of Progress; The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer; Wildcat; Death on the Edge; Photo Finish; Publicity Stunts; and Heartbreak House. Of all the stories, Miss Bianca, featuring a ten-year-old girl who loves a laboratory mouse, was my favorite. Two stories reflect the crime fiction of the late-Victorian and early-twentieth-century eras: "Murder at the Century of Progress" and "The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer."

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.

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