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A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box. C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).  


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A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box. C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).  

30 review for The Best American Mystery Stories 2020

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The last two years of this annual compendium have been pretty bad but it seems to be back on track. The 2020 edition is very good, the first 3 stories in particular are great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Liked the exposure to writers I was not familiar with.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryle

    I am a huge fan of author CJ Box so when I saw he had edited this years compilation of mystery short stories I started reading. There were several stories that caught my attention and were enjoyable reads, but there were more stories that I could not get into. I am not much for short stories but wanted something easy to read during the holidays. A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box. C. J. Box , #1 New I am a huge fan of author CJ Box so when I saw he had edited this years compilation of mystery short stories I started reading. There were several stories that caught my attention and were enjoyable reads, but there were more stories that I could not get into. I am not much for short stories but wanted something easy to read during the holidays. A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box. C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rural

    Very disappointing. A very conventional selection of stories with clichéd plots, told from a narrow, mostly male perspective, mostly by males. There's a lot of mediocre writing in here too. Not sure if the editors are to blame or whether 2019 was just a bad year for stories. Last year's edition (edited by Jonathan Lethem) just set the bar higher that this in terms of quality of writing and balanced perspective. 2 stars because there were a couple of stories that were okay. I won't be looking up a Very disappointing. A very conventional selection of stories with clichéd plots, told from a narrow, mostly male perspective, mostly by males. There's a lot of mediocre writing in here too. Not sure if the editors are to blame or whether 2019 was just a bad year for stories. Last year's edition (edited by Jonathan Lethem) just set the bar higher that this in terms of quality of writing and balanced perspective. 2 stars because there were a couple of stories that were okay. I won't be looking up any of these authors (or the guest editor) to read more of their writing as I have done in the past.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I'll give the entire book four stars, but individually some are worthy of five. Of course, the Jeffery Deaver was the best! A great ending, I didn't see it coming. Others I particularly enjoyed were, Second Cousins (great saying about what is truth and what can be proven being second cousins, I hadn't hear that before), Home Movie, What Ever Happened to Lorna Winters, Miss Martin, and The Last Hit. Really none I disliked, which I suppose is why they are included in the "Best" for 2020! I'll give the entire book four stars, but individually some are worthy of five. Of course, the Jeffery Deaver was the best! A great ending, I didn't see it coming. Others I particularly enjoyed were, Second Cousins (great saying about what is truth and what can be proven being second cousins, I hadn't hear that before), Home Movie, What Ever Happened to Lorna Winters, Miss Martin, and The Last Hit. Really none I disliked, which I suppose is why they are included in the "Best" for 2020!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matt Cantillon

    Not as good as previous years' collections. Not as good as previous years' collections.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mickey

    Enjoying read The best collection of short stories I have ever read. Good variety and great authors. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sammi Krug

    Mixed bag - couple of great stories, a few good ones, and a few that were kind of disappointing

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Lando

    Great as usual, wonderful on a cold dark night by the fireplace.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David

    DNF @ The Duelist

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Hmm. I guess I’m not a fan of short stories. And they didn’t seem like mystery stories to me. Stories with a twist, but not a mystery story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter Sidell

    I look forward to this every year I enjoy the volume because it is always full of great stories. The author bios and comments are also of great interest. Keep it going.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Don Smith

    Many good short stories!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Shaw

    Nope

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Gaspar

    I loved this book as the short stories where so entertaining and much better than the 2019 edition. The stories where varied, well done and had great themes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert P. Hoffman

    This was a disappointing selection of stories. There were few that were memorable and many that seemed to be just a standard story that had few surprises. I would avoid this year's edition. This was a disappointing selection of stories. There were few that were memorable and many that seemed to be just a standard story that had few surprises. I would avoid this year's edition.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    I buy this every year. It always has some great stories. However this year, quite a few of them were from Alfred Hitchcock and The Ellery Queen magazines which I subscribe to, and had already read. If you don't read these magazines, then it's a great short story collection. I buy this every year. It always has some great stories. However this year, quite a few of them were from Alfred Hitchcock and The Ellery Queen magazines which I subscribe to, and had already read. If you don't read these magazines, then it's a great short story collection.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miriam V

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cosmas Westrich

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sherrie

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Riester

  22. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tom Pruitt

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roman

  25. 4 out of 5

    Camilla Boyce

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn LeFlore

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beverley

  28. 5 out of 5

    B1025henry

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela Marshall

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