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“Exceptional… This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring surprising, page-turning twists on the genre from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories— “Exceptional… This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring surprising, page-turning twists on the genre from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories—a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there’s something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbor, the fish out of water. No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz and Joe Hill.


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“Exceptional… This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring surprising, page-turning twists on the genre from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories— “Exceptional… This is the best kind of anthology, consistently excellent and inventive.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring surprising, page-turning twists on the genre from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories—a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there’s something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbor, the fish out of water. No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz and Joe Hill.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    "All great literature is one of two stories, a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." "The stranger could be the hero or the villain. The town could be welcoming or hostile." This latest anthology of the Mystery Writers' of America focuses on the eerie, unsettling feeling created by strangers among us. The nineteen dark short stories are a reader's delight. Here are a few of this reader's favorites. Kohinoor by Smita Harish Jain "Kohinoor was the dancer that had captured Mumbai-first a "All great literature is one of two stories, a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." "The stranger could be the hero or the villain. The town could be welcoming or hostile." This latest anthology of the Mystery Writers' of America focuses on the eerie, unsettling feeling created by strangers among us. The nineteen dark short stories are a reader's delight. Here are a few of this reader's favorites. Kohinoor by Smita Harish Jain "Kohinoor was the dancer that had captured Mumbai-first as an enigma, then as an icon...men would spend their hard earned money on a bar dancer". The morality police decided that these "dens of wickedness" must be closed. The Dance Bar Workers' Union would fight the morality police with morality. Avalon by Michael Connelly Searcy, an LAPD detective, worked on the island of Avalon. Although he was preparing for an upcoming trial as the main witness in a murder case, his daily routine consisted of watching passengers disembark from the pier on the 7:10 each morning. A man in a green windbreaker, gun tucked into his waistband and carrying no luggage caught Searcy's eye . He couldn't be a day worker-no tools. What was the stranger's agenda? Room for One More by Joe Lansdale Jackson was a hitchhiker. "No one wanted to stop for a stranger...Especially now that it was night and the moon was thin...He wasn't a serial killer...all of his murders were for a financial reason...steal enough to live through the day". A house...fancy looking car...no noticeable security cameras. "Doll" and "Guy" were focused on the same potential target. Exit Now by Emilya Naymark Fergie, now an unemployed toy designer, lived in Old Town Beach, Maine. "Lately...the toys he built felt a lie, a promise to children the world would not keep. How did his manager's name appear on all documents including his patent for a drone." Fergie secured a job assembling rides and manning booths along the boardwalk for the summer season. Melissa Fraser, carnival owner, found a message on her cell phone demanding $20,000. Blame Fergie...he was tall, big boned and his outward appearance inspired fear. P.F.A. by Michael Koryta "Janice Jardine could be convincing or exhausting. Either way, what Janice Jardine wanted, she got". She was determined to have an adjacent lot rezoned as buildable property. Converting to a taxable parcel, Janice would pay the tax bill. Her goal, build a house for her son and his family. When new neighbors Lily and Riley Goodwin moved in next door to Janice, she greeted them with a home baked pie and paperwork. "I don't want to see you guys get off on the wrong foot in this town". A Six Letter Word for Neighbor by Lisa Unger A new neighbor, an antiquarian art restorer, moved into the house next door to Jayme. She was delighted that he could fix her great grandfather's pocket watch circa 1800's, the only momento she had of her parents. Restorer Carlton Wilson thought the watch just needed winding, cleaning and a little love. Come back tomorrow to pick it up. Cost-no charge. The next day, Carlton claimed he never met Jayme before and she never asked for a pocket watch to be fixed. "When a Stranger Comes to Town" edited by Michael Koryta is a fun filled mystery compilation. In each appearance by a stranger, lives were altered, some getting their comeuppance, others getting to shine. Read it and judge for yourself! Thank you HARLEQUIN/Hanover Square Press and Net Galley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    This was an above-average collection of short stories. A quotation attributed to many past authors states, "All great literature is about two stories; a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town." This anthology of short stories is about encounters with strangers, some pleasant but many deadly. This collection contains stories by 19 talented crime writers. I was unfamiliar with the majority of names but enjoyed most of these short stories. My personal favourites were by Amanda Witt, Li This was an above-average collection of short stories. A quotation attributed to many past authors states, "All great literature is about two stories; a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town." This anthology of short stories is about encounters with strangers, some pleasant but many deadly. This collection contains stories by 19 talented crime writers. I was unfamiliar with the majority of names but enjoyed most of these short stories. My personal favourites were by Amanda Witt, Lisa Unger, Michael Koryta, and Jonathan Stone, but I also admired most others. This volume is recommended to fans of crime writing (in the short story format). Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin Press, for the advance digital copy in return for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Thank you, Hanover Square Press, for the ARC!! The fact that there is a story included from Joe Hill is reason enough to pick this up, but truly it sounds like a thrilling collection overall. Excited to dive in! Thank you, Hanover Square Press, for the ARC!! The fact that there is a story included from Joe Hill is reason enough to pick this up, but truly it sounds like a thrilling collection overall. Excited to dive in!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Nineteen stories by an all-star cast of mystery writers. The best of the bunch were the first two "Solomon Wept" by S .A. Cosby, "Relative Stranger" by Amanda Witt, and "Avalon" by Michael Connelly. Nineteen stories by an all-star cast of mystery writers. The best of the bunch were the first two "Solomon Wept" by S .A. Cosby, "Relative Stranger" by Amanda Witt, and "Avalon" by Michael Connelly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Interesting collection of short stories - crime, mystery, different. Some really good, some so-so. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s nothing like a good creep out session. This collection of stories is a great place to start. What I like about it was that it had a big collection of different types of stories all based on the theme of a stranger. Some stories were very good and there were a few that were not my cup of tea and didn’t really fit the criteria of stranger danger in my opinion. Overall, Koryta pi Interesting collection of short stories - crime, mystery, different. Some really good, some so-so. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s nothing like a good creep out session. This collection of stories is a great place to start. What I like about it was that it had a big collection of different types of stories all based on the theme of a stranger. Some stories were very good and there were a few that were not my cup of tea and didn’t really fit the criteria of stranger danger in my opinion. Overall, Koryta picked some awesome authors to contribute to this book! There are many names of authors in here I’m sure you have heard of and love to read. The length of the stories is perfect for a quickie read or sit and enjoy many at a time. Here’s a quick recap of a few of the stories that caught my attention. Just a taste to let you know who and what type of stories are in here. There are plenty of others too! Avalon by Michael Connelly – Small town sheriff and a murder for hire Here’s to New Friends by Jacqueline Freimor – Stranger on a train. But who’s the good friend Room For One More By Joe R. Lansdale – Caught in a twist of fate A Six-Letter Word For Neighbor by Lisa Unger- A creepy neighbor and a murderous affair Perfect Strangers by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs – The perfect set up Do You Remember by Lori Roy – Psychological murder mystery P.F.A. By Michael Koryta – Welcome to the neighborhood gift They sound great, right? Overall, this is a nice collection. I love the variation of stories, and of course, the theme itself puts you in the right frame of mind. All that stranger danger we’re taught kind of gives us the creeps to begin with! These authors know how to capitalize on that! * copy received for review consideration Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/when-a-stran...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of When a Stranger Comes to Town. I'm not a fan of short story collections because they're like a box of chocolates; I only like a few of them. But, lately, all of the short story collections NetGalley has approved me for has been really good, well written satisfying stories with decent twists. With the theme being When a Stranger Comes to Town, this collection of stories penned by notable authors in the thriller genre was better than I expected. I enjoyed m Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of When a Stranger Comes to Town. I'm not a fan of short story collections because they're like a box of chocolates; I only like a few of them. But, lately, all of the short story collections NetGalley has approved me for has been really good, well written satisfying stories with decent twists. With the theme being When a Stranger Comes to Town, this collection of stories penned by notable authors in the thriller genre was better than I expected. I enjoyed most of the stories, especially Last Fare by Joe Hill (I'm biased because I love stories with a supernatural element), Avalon by Michael Connelly, and Here's to New Friends by Jacqueline Freimor, to name a few. There were an equal number of male and female authors, and most of the stories leaves the reader with a vague sense of foreboding or a task that has not yet been completed, which I liked. A stranger fills you not with a sense of warmth, but unease and trepidation. These stories introduce both likable and unlikable characters, some who do not have your best interests in mind, and yet others who surprise you with their kindness and empathy. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good collection of short stories to read from a variety of talented writers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “When a Stranger Comes to Town” was such a treat to read. I enjoyed reading this anthology of mystery and thrillers. The book contains an eclectic selection of stories that kept me entertained. This book has a wide variety of stories, from assassins to U.F.O.s. Moreover, the tone of each level is different from one another. You have tales like “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay,” “Avalon,” and “Exit Now” that fills with adventure. T [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “When a Stranger Comes to Town” was such a treat to read. I enjoyed reading this anthology of mystery and thrillers. The book contains an eclectic selection of stories that kept me entertained. This book has a wide variety of stories, from assassins to U.F.O.s. Moreover, the tone of each level is different from one another. You have tales like “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay,” “Avalon,” and “Exit Now” that fills with adventure. Then, there were stories like “Kohinoor,” which I appreciated for its brutal depiction of Indian exotic club dancers. Similarly, even “Tokyo Stranger” moved my heart as it came across as an emotional tale. However, while I enjoyed all the stories, the below topped my list and made the book memorable. A Six-Letter Word for Neighbor: I loved the slow burn mystery and Jay as the main character. The author wrote it in a thrilling, cozy mystery fashion glued to the pages (particularly when they get in the basement). Here’s to New Friends: Probably one of my favorites! A simple tale with just three people on a train. But, I was at the edge of my seat throughout, and the ending shocked me! A Different Kind of Healing/Solomon Wept: I loved both these stories for their tale of revenge and justice, and it reminded me of “Kill Bill.” P.F.A.: Janice made this story memorable and had me laughing. I loved her snarky attitude towards the new neighbors, and it had a delightfully twisted ending too. The remaining stories were also fun, like “Seat 2C” and “Room for one more,” but felt short and light compared to the others. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful selection of novellas which I highly recommend if you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    Anthology collections are always hit and miss. I love the novellas, as they're easy to fit into a busy day for a quick read. I really enjoyed some of the stories in this one, as they were well crafted and felt complete, even though they're short stories. Sadly, that wasn't the case with all the stories in this book. Some felt a bit incomplete. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review. Anthology collections are always hit and miss. I love the novellas, as they're easy to fit into a busy day for a quick read. I really enjoyed some of the stories in this one, as they were well crafted and felt complete, even though they're short stories. Sadly, that wasn't the case with all the stories in this book. Some felt a bit incomplete. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joey Vichio

    The majority of these stories were actually very well crafted. There were only a couple that I found myself skimming through. Every single story lives up to the title’s name, tying together the theme of a stranger’s intent when we first meet them. Most of them were short and sweet, but packed a terrifying punch. That’s how I like my anthologies.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Themed anthologies of any genre can be a hit-or-miss affair for any number of reasons. Happily, this is never the case with those commissioned by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Each editor selecting the stories brings their A game to the task, and each contributing author does as well, whether they be world-famous or in the process of building an audience. Even with MWA’s stellar reputation, WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN is special. Michael Koryta, the editor of this volume, notes in his intro Themed anthologies of any genre can be a hit-or-miss affair for any number of reasons. Happily, this is never the case with those commissioned by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Each editor selecting the stories brings their A game to the task, and each contributing author does as well, whether they be world-famous or in the process of building an audience. Even with MWA’s stellar reputation, WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN is special. Michael Koryta, the editor of this volume, notes in his introduction that all great literature comes from one of two points of origin: either a character starts on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. Koryta takes the latter point of departure, and the result is 19 original and highly rewarding tales. Let’s begin with two familiar names whose stories have an element in common other than the book’s overarching theme. “Seat 2C” by Alafair Burke begins within the somewhat pedestrian confines of a storage facility but travels far beyond it and back again as a woman of mature age becomes an amateur detective out of necessity. Michael Connelly introduces a new character in “Avalon,” in which a law enforcement officer on Santa Catalina Island believes himself to be the target of a visiting assassin and gets a surprise. Each of these stories could be “grown” into a much larger work if the authors so desire and their characters cooperate. Paul A. Barra’s “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay” also falls into this category. The story is superb, but Percy Fletcher, a hitman who himself becomes a target, could launch an anthology of his own. There are a couple of twists at the end, and you might see one of them coming. Renowned writer Joe R. Lansdale is also included here with “Room for One More,” which features an opportunistic, hitchhiking thief who is not above killing when necessary. If you have a penchant for picking up road travelers, you will end that practice after reading this story. “Solomon Wept” by S. A. Cosby opens the collection and is just as impressive as BLACKTOP WASTELAND, his debut novel. It takes readers into the deep end of human depravity while ending the tale on a haunting note of redemption and sacrifice. Koryta, who is best known for his longer fiction in unusual settings, contributes “P.F.A.,” which is a bit of a departure for him. Here he presents a battle of wills --- and more --- when the head of a neighborhood association meets her match as she takes on a new neighbor over a land grab attempt with unexpected results. My favorite story (and it was hard to pick just one) comes at the end: Joe Hill’s “Last Fare,” which is set in New Mexico on the night of the 1960 Presidential election. A woman is in a cab reluctantly headed to an alcohol rehabilitation clinic on the back end of the state. The driver gives her an unexpected sightseeing tour that will be impossible for anyone to forget. I will be amazed if it isn’t at least shortlisted across multiple genres for “Best Short Story.” It is worth the price of admission all by itself. You get all of this and more in one volume, with no reading speed bumps, from the first page to the last. Each author provides a twist or two not only in the plot, but also in what constitutes a “stranger.” Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: When a Stranger Comes to Town Author: Michael Koryta Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Hanover Square Press, for sending me an ARC. I always find short story collections to be very difficult to rate. There are always some that I love and some that I really don’t enjoy. This collection falls into the same boat. While I did enjoy getting exposed to so many different authors, there was a lot in here that I found to be lacking. Many of the stories didn’t feel complete. Book: When a Stranger Comes to Town Author: Michael Koryta Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Hanover Square Press, for sending me an ARC. I always find short story collections to be very difficult to rate. There are always some that I love and some that I really don’t enjoy. This collection falls into the same boat. While I did enjoy getting exposed to so many different authors, there was a lot in here that I found to be lacking. Many of the stories didn’t feel complete. In many cases, it honestly felt like I was reading a sample from a full length novel. I don’t know about the rest of you, but whenever I read a short story, I do like to have some kind of ending or some kind of closure-especially if it is a mystery. Most of the stories in this collection follow the same set up. So, if you want something a little different from story to story, then this probably isn’t the collection for you. This book contains stories centred around a mixture of both likeable and unlikable characters, so you do get a mixture if you are trying to figure out what type of characters you like in mysteries and thrillers. The basic concept is the same though. People are attempting to go about their day to day lives, then a stranger shows up and completely changes the world around them. Now, is this not a hook or not? I must say that the very premise of this book will have people grabbing it. However, sadly, not all of the stories actually carry out this premise well. Let’s break it down… Like I said, there was actually a lot of stories that I did enjoy and really latched unto. Many of the authors included in this collection were ones who I have either never heard of or haven’t read anything by them. I must say that there are some who I will be looking more into their works. What I really enjoyed about these stories was how real they felt and how I was able to form a bond with the characters in only a few pages. If the author can make me feel this way in a short amount of time, I can’t wait to see what they can do over an extended period of time. On the other side, there was those stories who I didn’t enjoy. These stories did not feel complete and, once again, it felt like I was reading a sample of a full length novel instead of a complete short story. Maybe these authors are intending to adapt their short stories into a full length novel? I don’t know. In this case though, it really did turn me off from these authors. If they can’t give me a full length story, then why would I pick up their novels? To me, a short story collection is the prefect chance to bring new readers into your workers. This is your chance to shine and these authors failed in that sense to me. Anyway, I do always find short story collections very difficult to rate and this one is no different. I do think that it is a good starting point if you are looking to discover new mystery and thriller authors. This book comes out on April 20, 2021.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: December 5, 2020 Publication date: April 21, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book fro Date reviewed/posted: December 5, 2020 Publication date: April 21, 2021 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. The latest Mystery Writers of America story collection, featuring terrifying tales of encounters with strangers from some of the top bestsellers and award winners in crime fiction It’s been said that all great literature boils down to one of two stories—a man takes a journey, or a stranger comes to town. While mystery writers have been successfully using both approaches for generations, there’s something undeniably alluring in the nature of a stranger: the uninvited guest, the unacquainted neighbour, the fish out of water. No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz and Joe Hill. I love anthologies and this book did not disappoint – it has chapters and stories from some of the best-known names in mysteries and thrillers these days and I enjoyed every story in the book. A Great book for patrons, friends and yourself to dive into – that is no mystery. 😊 As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it some murderous 🔪 🔪 🔪 🔪 🔪

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darius Ostrowski

    “When a Stranger Comes to Town”, edited by Michael Koryta, is the latest short story collection from the Mystery Writers of America. The theme this time around is the classic “stranger comes to town”, and we have 19 examples of strangers and the trouble they cause. Unlike most anthologies, this collection is pretty strong throughout and has no weak stories. That’s not to say that that some of the stories aren’t stronger than others, some of these will stay with you long after you put the book dow “When a Stranger Comes to Town”, edited by Michael Koryta, is the latest short story collection from the Mystery Writers of America. The theme this time around is the classic “stranger comes to town”, and we have 19 examples of strangers and the trouble they cause. Unlike most anthologies, this collection is pretty strong throughout and has no weak stories. That’s not to say that that some of the stories aren’t stronger than others, some of these will stay with you long after you put the book down. Solomon Wept – what will a woman do to get her baby back? Relative Stranger – not all strangers are unknown, some may be relatives that are worse than strange. Seat 2C – is this airplane seatmate too good to be true for a rich widow? Kohinoor – The bar dancing girls of India look for revenge against the morality police trying to take away their livelihoods. Avalon – a hired killer comes to an island, but who is he after? Here’s to New Friends – will the predator get his victim or will the narrator save the girl? Room for One More – a hitchhiker out for an easy robbery gets more than he bargains for. Exit Now – Fergie comes to town and works at the local carnival, but he sees something he shouldn’t. A Six-letter Word for Neighbor – the new neighbor raises hidden memories of an accident long ago. Howard’s Heart – a trusting man meets up with a dancer with tragic results. Perfect Strangers – an ex-con sees a perfect opportunity for robbery, but is he the only one looking to score? Do You Remember? – is a tragedy at a neighbor’s house a repeat of the past? What really happened? Assignment: Sheepshead – A hitman comes to town for a job and gets on the wrong side of a thug. P.F.A. – the neighborhood busybody gets involved with the wrong people. Genius – revenge takes several tries; how hard can it be to kill a musician? Russkies – is it the Russians coming after a boy and his brother or someone else? A Different Kind of Healing – how far will a nurse go to avenge a sexual attack? Tokyo Stranger – a car for hire driver has a hard choice to make. Last Fare – a strange taxi ride for a wife trying to get sober. I requested and received a free advanced electronic copy from HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing / Hanover Square Press via NetGalley. Thank you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    I typically enjoy short story collections but only pick one up if an author I like is in it. Often, I come away with new authors to follow. I was pulled into When a Stranger Comes to Town by a story written by Joe Hill. This compilation contains 19 stories themed around strangers.  This latest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America focuses not just on people dealing with strangers but the strangers themselves giving a variety of something that might have become monotonous. I enjo I typically enjoy short story collections but only pick one up if an author I like is in it. Often, I come away with new authors to follow. I was pulled into When a Stranger Comes to Town by a story written by Joe Hill. This compilation contains 19 stories themed around strangers.  This latest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America focuses not just on people dealing with strangers but the strangers themselves giving a variety of something that might have become monotonous. I enjoyed many, loved some, and downright hated a few. These stories have no uniform length. While some are too short and don't feel like they have told a full story, some are a little long like one of my favorites A Six-Letter Word for Neighbor by Lisa Unger (it would have been perfect if it had been one section shorter). Some are short but tell a bite-size story that leaves you satisfied like the opener Solomon Wept by S.A. Cosby. A big problem with many of these stories as they did fall back on the stereotypical bad guy. There were some that really changed this up, and those were often the best. In fact, the meta Russkies by Jonathan Stone addresses this issue and is a fabulous story about the truth of our lives. My most favorite was the story by Joe Hill. While I clearly have a basis, the Last Fare is beautiful, magical, and looks at forgiveness and second chances with his trademark mystery of the supernatural. At first, it seems not to fit in with the rest, but it absolutely does and I wish there had been more genre-bending in the stories of the stranger. Overall this is a good collection. While I didn't come away with a new author, I at least learned more about what I like and don't like when it comes to mystery writers. I'd recommend this just so you can read Russkies and Last Fare. P.S. Also Dean Koontz is not to be found in this collection no matter what the description says (unless he's using a pen name I do not know). I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    When a Stranger Comes to Town contains 19 short stories (from 19 different authors) with one theme – strangers! I found that this was a very interesting concept. It made for lots of excellent stories where the stranger wreaks havoc. I typically don’t read too many collections, but I’m really glad I choose this one. I enjoyed the majority of the stories and found some new authors to check out. Here are some of my favourites! Seat 2C by Alafair Burke – a widow meeting a new man on a flight. I love When a Stranger Comes to Town contains 19 short stories (from 19 different authors) with one theme – strangers! I found that this was a very interesting concept. It made for lots of excellent stories where the stranger wreaks havoc. I typically don’t read too many collections, but I’m really glad I choose this one. I enjoyed the majority of the stories and found some new authors to check out. Here are some of my favourites! Seat 2C by Alafair Burke – a widow meeting a new man on a flight. I love Alafair Burke and I was so disappointed when the story was over, I wanted so much more! Avalon by Michael Connelly – Mysterious man comes to the island of Avalon. I was hooked on the mystery man and why he had come to the island. Very suspenseful! Here’s to New Friends by Jacqueline Freimor – creepy stranger on the train! This one shocked me! Need to check out more by the author, such an easy writing style that had me wanting more. A Six Letter Word for Neighbor by Lisa Unger – A new next door neighbour moves in. Loved the twist! You never know who your neighbour is! Perfect Strangers by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs – the perfect robbery? I loved the background of the robber and how the author set up the robbery. And of course the ending was too perfect. Loved it! PFA by Michael Koryta – a nosy neighbor. OMG, my favourite of the bunch. I had no idea where it was going and I was so shocked. Loved every word and of course wanted more! Genius by Elaine Togneri – attempting to kill a musician. So funny. I was loving the narrator’s attempts and was trying to see if they would be successful. Tokyo Stranger by Tina deBellegarde – a driver making a tough decision. Was surprised by this one. Was more emotional than the others. Check out this collection! So many great short stories that will have you second guessing when a stranger appears! Thank you to Netgallery and HARLEQUIN – Trade Publishing (U.S. & Canada) for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. When a Stranger Comes to Town is an interesting and immersive thematic anthology edited by Michael Koryta which contains 19 high quality short fiction selections from the MWA written around the theme of a stranger coming to town. Due out 20th April 2021 from Harlequin Trade, it's 400 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. One thing I love about anthologies is the potential to find new authors to follow. I tend to read antholog Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. When a Stranger Comes to Town is an interesting and immersive thematic anthology edited by Michael Koryta which contains 19 high quality short fiction selections from the MWA written around the theme of a stranger coming to town. Due out 20th April 2021 from Harlequin Trade, it's 400 pages and available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. One thing I love about anthologies is the potential to find new authors to follow. I tend to read anthologies like chocolate samplers; one story at a time, so this one has taken a while to read. There is an impressive array of authors represented here from instantly recognizable (Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Unger, Joe Hill, Alafair Burke and more (see the cover)), to new-to-me authors some of whose books have already been added to my TBR pile. The stories are varied, there were (as always) some which didn't grab me personally, but all were well written and competently plotted. I've always had a particular fondness for collections/anthologies because short fiction is spare and technically challenging, so you get a better feel for an author's expertise with the form. Short fiction is less of a time commitment as well, so if one story is not working for you, there's another piece readily available in a few pages. They were mostly in the 4 star range(ish) with a couple of really standout stories. The Joe Hill piece has really stuck with me in the way good fiction sometimes does, bubbling away on several levels since I finished it. Four stars. Well worth seeking out. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    M. K. French

    Mysteries can be set up if someone goes on a journey, or if a stranger arrives and shakes things up. Strangers are "walking mysteries," so this collection by the Mystery Writers of America focuses on them. As a mother, the opener "Solomon Wept" really got to me. In it, Parrish is trying to find her son, who was sold when she was in prison. The story didn't end the way I thought it would, but it was fitting and explained the title. The emotions packed into those sparse words were so impactful. Wit Mysteries can be set up if someone goes on a journey, or if a stranger arrives and shakes things up. Strangers are "walking mysteries," so this collection by the Mystery Writers of America focuses on them. As a mother, the opener "Solomon Wept" really got to me. In it, Parrish is trying to find her son, who was sold when she was in prison. The story didn't end the way I thought it would, but it was fitting and explained the title. The emotions packed into those sparse words were so impactful. With this as a starting point, stories about families and the disasters that could break them apart seems to be a theme for the first few. They flow nicely into each other, a great arrangement by the editor. Family and love shows up again later, and I really enjoyed "Six Letter Word For Neighbor" and "Howard's Heart." "Kohinoor" changes to a more global arena, with the Morality Ring of Mumbai cracking down on dance bars, ignoring the consequences that led young girls to exotic dancing or the men spending money. As with others who criticize sex work, the optics matter to them more than saving actual people. I feel bad for Searcy in Michael Connelly's "Avalon," a small resort island that is about to have a very serious murder trial that his new police staff can't handle. In "Here’s To New Friends," an all too common scenario derails quickly, and I feel bad for laughing at the ending. I predicted it, hence my laughter, but it's terrible for the character involved. Similarly, "Room for One More" also has that vicious quality to it that had me grinning because of the twist. I also laughed at the end of "Perfect Strangers." I promise, I'm not vicious in real life. But they're just written so well! Fans of true crime and horror podcasts will definitely find this collection fun. I raced through the stories, devouring every moment of them, and it was a great read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    This was a stellar collection of short stories by some really famous authors like Dean Koontz and Lisa Unger. I don’t usually review anthologies because I don’t usually read them, but this one spoke to me because it came from the Mystery Writers of America and it promised to introduce me to authors new to me. Wow! The promise was fulfilled and now I have a list of authors to look for in novel-length books. Any author who can write a short story and capture my attention as this group of stories d This was a stellar collection of short stories by some really famous authors like Dean Koontz and Lisa Unger. I don’t usually review anthologies because I don’t usually read them, but this one spoke to me because it came from the Mystery Writers of America and it promised to introduce me to authors new to me. Wow! The promise was fulfilled and now I have a list of authors to look for in novel-length books. Any author who can write a short story and capture my attention as this group of stories did has a “tip of the hat” from me because I have not read a collection of short stories since high school and that was required reading. I was absolutely mesmerized by these stories, most of which were spooky, scary and page turners. This collection reminded me of the Alfred Hitchcock collections that I used to read, in a really good way. Some stories were short, others were fairly long but they all promoted the theme that is in the title. Strangers can be a new person in town, at your door or a new neighbor. The book was relatable, with excellent characterization even in the format of short stories. I had my favorites, but I will keep mine a secret and let you choose your own. So many good ones to choose from! In fact, I was sad when I read the last story. Fans of anthologies with a mystery or suspense involved will devour this collection and want more from the next collection. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    “ All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town” And so the theme for this collection was born. I’ve always thought one of the biggest challenges for any writer is to pen a great short story. It’s just so damn hard to successfully create something that feels complete, delivers/makes a point & entertains within the confines of the format. Here we have 19 shorties built around the arrival of a stranger. Through a variety of settings & periods they “ All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town” And so the theme for this collection was born. I’ve always thought one of the biggest challenges for any writer is to pen a great short story. It’s just so damn hard to successfully create something that feels complete, delivers/makes a point & entertains within the confines of the format. Here we have 19 shorties built around the arrival of a stranger. Through a variety of settings & periods they encompass the weird, the evil, the poignant, the surreal & the downright spooky. As always, individual favourites will vary but everyone will find a new-to-them author to toss on their TBR pile. Here’s a few personal standouts. “Relative Stranger” by Amanda Witt: I liked & cared about these people immediately which made the story all the more intense. *Warning*…contains a really, really creepy character. “Avalon” by Michael Connelly: a taut & clever read from the master storyteller. “Here’s to New Friends” by Jacqueline Freimor. New author for me & I have to say….Ms. F, I like your style (and your twists). “Room for One More” by Joe R. Lansdale: another veteran writer who knows how to get under your skin in record time. Best line….”I like to poke” 😱😱😱 “Tokyo Stranger” by Tina deBellegarde: a simple, elegant story that was poignant & touching “Assignment: Sheepshead Bay” by Paul Barra: any time a story includes a dog named Ethyl, count me in. “A Six Letter Word for Neighbour” by Lisa Unger: the take-away is if your next door neighbour brings you cookies, do NOT piss them off. Lesson learned. Bring on the next one! 3.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    When a Stranger Comes to Town by Michael Koryta contains nineteen mysteries involving a stranger. This gave me an opportunity to experience a variety of mystery authors. Each story involves a stranger which can be a tourist, a family member you have never met, a new neighbor, etc. I enjoyed the stories that had the unexpected, were creepy, and left me feeling uneasy. To me that is the sign of a good mystery or thriller. Some of the tales hit the mark while others did not. I especially disliked t When a Stranger Comes to Town by Michael Koryta contains nineteen mysteries involving a stranger. This gave me an opportunity to experience a variety of mystery authors. Each story involves a stranger which can be a tourist, a family member you have never met, a new neighbor, etc. I enjoyed the stories that had the unexpected, were creepy, and left me feeling uneasy. To me that is the sign of a good mystery or thriller. Some of the tales hit the mark while others did not. I especially disliked the ones that felt unfinished. I do not like having unanswered questions. Some of the stories felt that the author had a big premise that did not fit the small format. One tale felt like it was part of a bigger book and I was reading just a sample of it. My favorite story came from Lisa Unger. Some of these authors did a great job. They grabbed my attention from the first page and held it until the end. I found some new authors from reading this collection. I did find that many of the stories followed the same format and it was easy to predict how the tale would play out. One good thing about short stories is you can read one or all of them. You can enjoy them over a period of time which I think is the best way to enjoy this collection. There are some mild stories while authors are gruesome. I particularly liked Michael Connelly, Joe Hill, Alafair Burke, Lisa Unger, and Bryon Quertermous. My least favorite is Kohinoor by Smita Harish Jain. Overall, this is an interesting collection of scary tales. I will be wary when a new neighbor moves in next door!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A SIX-LETTER WORD FOR NEIGHBOR is my contribution to this Mystery Writers of America story collection, WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN, edited by the wonderful Michael Koryta. Hope you enjoy all of the stories! Jayne, a reclusive writer is doing her crossword puzzle and minding her own business when a moving van comes rumbling up the street. Great. New Neighbors. The house next store has been pleasantly empty for a couple of years after the family living there moved out, leaving behind their dog S A SIX-LETTER WORD FOR NEIGHBOR is my contribution to this Mystery Writers of America story collection, WHEN A STRANGER COMES TO TOWN, edited by the wonderful Michael Koryta. Hope you enjoy all of the stories! Jayne, a reclusive writer is doing her crossword puzzle and minding her own business when a moving van comes rumbling up the street. Great. New Neighbors. The house next store has been pleasantly empty for a couple of years after the family living there moved out, leaving behind their dog Scout. Now Jayne and Scout, who Jayne has adopted, watch as the new man moves in next door. He seems a little strange. Not very friendly. But at least he cleans up the place. When Jayne learns that her new neighbor restores antiques, she decides to bring him her deceased father’s old watch for repair. But when she goes to retrieve it, he pretends to never have met her. She calls the police; he calls her crazy. True, she’s had her problems. Since “the accident,” there are things she can’t remember. Things she doesn’t want to remember. Still, she knows a thief when she sees one. When Jayne’s other next door neighbor Ralph becomes convinced that the new guy is up to no good, Jayne and Ralph investigate. An internet search reveals that the antiques restorer has a history of accusations against him, and is connected to a missing persons case. But chasing after him is going to get then into more trouble than they can handle, and Jayne will have to face some ugly truths about both of her neighbors — and herself.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    When A Stranger Comes to Town was a pleasant surprise. It is rare for me to find an anthology where I can honestly say I enjoyed 90% of the stories. I enjoyed my time reading all but maybe one or two short stories in this set. The theme for the stories was strangers, either coming or going. There is definitely something for everyone here. Along with some bigger named authors, I discovered some unknown-to-me writers that I would love to read more from. I was intrigued by Jacquleine Freimor's "Her When A Stranger Comes to Town was a pleasant surprise. It is rare for me to find an anthology where I can honestly say I enjoyed 90% of the stories. I enjoyed my time reading all but maybe one or two short stories in this set. The theme for the stories was strangers, either coming or going. There is definitely something for everyone here. Along with some bigger named authors, I discovered some unknown-to-me writers that I would love to read more from. I was intrigued by Jacquleine Freimor's "Here's to New Friends". It had a nice twist to Strangers on a Train with an ending that I didn't see coming. I also enjoyed "Tokyo Stranger" by Tina deBelegarde. It was a different kind of thriller and made me want seek out her debut book. I also really liked "Perfect Strangers" by Tilia Kleneov Jacobs. I loved the ending on that one. Among the well known authors, my favorites were "A Six Letter Word for Neighbor" by Lisa Unger. I always enjoy her stories. Alafair Burke's "Seat 2C" had me wanting a longer story with that plot-line. I wanted to know what came next. The weakest ones for me were "Last Fare" by Joe Hill. Not surprising since I haven't really liked much that he has written recently. I also wasn't a fan of "Howard's Heart" by Bryon Quertermous. I just didn't click with that story. Despite there being 19 stories, I was able to read the book very quickly. As I said, there is something here for everyone. I highly recommend it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This collection of nineteen short stories all have the common theme of a stranger coming to town. There is a wide variety of stories and authors in this anthology. I enjoy reading short stories and like any collection like this, I liked some more than others. Overall I would rate the collection 3 to 3.5 stars. There were too many stories that were downbeat and too depressing for my taste. However, there are a few I really enjoyed. My absolute favorite story in the collection is called "A Six-Let This collection of nineteen short stories all have the common theme of a stranger coming to town. There is a wide variety of stories and authors in this anthology. I enjoy reading short stories and like any collection like this, I liked some more than others. Overall I would rate the collection 3 to 3.5 stars. There were too many stories that were downbeat and too depressing for my taste. However, there are a few I really enjoyed. My absolute favorite story in the collection is called "A Six-Letter Word For Neighbor" by Lisa Unger, an author whose other books I've enjoyed. Alafair Burke is a favorite author of mine and I enjoyed her contribution, "Seat 2-C" although the ending was a bit abrupt. I also liked the stories by best-selling authors Michael Connelly and Joe Hill. Three other stories I especially liked from this collection are author's I was unfamiliar with, Tina deBellegarde and Bryon Quertermous. Both were well-written, but bittersweet. There are bound to be stories that will appeal to most mystery readers in this collection. I wish there had been more that I really liked, but I appreciate the chance to read some really good stories and get to know the work of several new authors. I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Hanover Square Press. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Mystery Writers Tackle the Theme of a Stranger in Town Anthologies are a good way to get a taste for a number of different writers. In this anthology from Mystery Writers of American, I was familiar with some of the authors like Dean Koontz, but others were new to me. I found at least one that I will look for again in longer works. The theme of the stories is the idea that a stranger brings an element of danger and mystery simply because he or she is an unknown quantity. The stories ran the gamut Mystery Writers Tackle the Theme of a Stranger in Town Anthologies are a good way to get a taste for a number of different writers. In this anthology from Mystery Writers of American, I was familiar with some of the authors like Dean Koontz, but others were new to me. I found at least one that I will look for again in longer works. The theme of the stories is the idea that a stranger brings an element of danger and mystery simply because he or she is an unknown quantity. The stories ran the gamut of types from someone moving in next door to a victim showing up in an emergency room. My favorite, however, was by Lisa Unger. I liked the setting and was drawn to the main character. Some of the other stories were too creepy for my taste. Short stories can be a difficult medium. Most were very well crafted, but several seemed better suited to a longer format and in a couple the ending seemed rushed. However, the total collection is well worth reading. One nice thing about an anthology is that if you don’t like one story, there are others to move on to. I recommend this collection if you’re a mystery fan. It’s particularly good if you’re looking for new authors to follow. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    In the introduction to When a Stranger Comes to Town, Michael Koryta, the guest editor of this anthology states: “ All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” The theme of a stranger appealed to me, and it obviously worked for the talented writers who contributed stories. What follows are nineteen enjoyable tales, and as a constant King reader, I was particularly pleased that there were 19 selections. It is hard to talk about specific short s In the introduction to When a Stranger Comes to Town, Michael Koryta, the guest editor of this anthology states: “ All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” The theme of a stranger appealed to me, and it obviously worked for the talented writers who contributed stories. What follows are nineteen enjoyable tales, and as a constant King reader, I was particularly pleased that there were 19 selections. It is hard to talk about specific short stories without entering spoiler territory, at least for me. I will just name a few of my favorites. Soloman Wept by S. A. Cosby Here's To New Friends by Jacqueline Freimor Room For One More by Joe R. Landsdale & P.F.A. By Michael Koryta I read individual stories between books, so this anthology delighted me for quite a while. There wasn't one story I skipped or didn't like, which says a lot considering how many choices were provided. I knew some of the authors' work and was exposed to a few with who I wasn't familiar at all. New authors to add to my TBR is always a good thing! If you enjoy mysteries, thrillers, crime fiction, and short stories, this would be a very good choice.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    This was a great concept for a short story collection, and there are a number of very big names featured in its pages... A number of the stories were pretty graphic/gritty (with a surprising number featuring prostitutes, given the topic), but on the whole I enjoyed the anthology. There were a handful of twists and turns that I didn't see coming - and even when I did see them, I mostly didn't mind because the writing was quite well done in nearly all the stories included herein. I particularly en This was a great concept for a short story collection, and there are a number of very big names featured in its pages... A number of the stories were pretty graphic/gritty (with a surprising number featuring prostitutes, given the topic), but on the whole I enjoyed the anthology. There were a handful of twists and turns that I didn't see coming - and even when I did see them, I mostly didn't mind because the writing was quite well done in nearly all the stories included herein. I particularly enjoyed the Lisa Unger - which was no surprise. I hadn't read Alafair Burke before, although have seen her titles many times, but her "Seat 2C" was excellent and made me want to search her out... Ditto Amanda Witt with "Relative Stranger." For new authors, "Here's to New Friends" by Jacqueline Freimor was a great find, and I'll be keeping my eye out for more from her. I was surprised that the Michael Connelly and Joe Hill stories were not among my favorites (they are two authors I typically enjoy) but I found the tales a bit more loosely structured than their usual fare... Thanks to NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    3.5 Stars Michael Koryta, the guest editor of this anthology wrote, “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” These short stories are all based on encounters with strangers. And each story is as varied as the unique authors involved. When A Stranger Comes To Town, the latest short story collection from the Mystery Writers of America, was quite interesting, and I did like the variety of the 19 stories. They were just the right length for a qu 3.5 Stars Michael Koryta, the guest editor of this anthology wrote, “All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” These short stories are all based on encounters with strangers. And each story is as varied as the unique authors involved. When A Stranger Comes To Town, the latest short story collection from the Mystery Writers of America, was quite interesting, and I did like the variety of the 19 stories. They were just the right length for a quick read before bedtime. Concerns For the most part the stories just didn’t catch my interest though they all held elements of the unknown and suspense. Final Thoughts Perhaps I’m more of a novella or full sized book person, since these really didn’t work for me. However, they are written by some very talented, well-know authors, so I’d absolutely give this book a try if this is the genre you like. My thanks to #NetGalley for an ARC and the ability to post my review without any stipulations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    When a Stranger Comes to Town nothing good happens, at least in these nineteen varied tales. The book has many familiar names among its authors. Michael Connelly, Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Unger, Michael Koryta. Alafair Burke and Joe Hill are some of the best known. As with all short story collection of multiple authors some of the stories will appeal to you more than others. I love a good, surprising twist at the end and there were several stories like that included. I won’t tell you which ones to av When a Stranger Comes to Town nothing good happens, at least in these nineteen varied tales. The book has many familiar names among its authors. Michael Connelly, Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Unger, Michael Koryta. Alafair Burke and Joe Hill are some of the best known. As with all short story collection of multiple authors some of the stories will appeal to you more than others. I love a good, surprising twist at the end and there were several stories like that included. I won’t tell you which ones to avoid spoilers. There were also slice of life tales, mysteries, and thrillers included—basically something for everyone. If you are looking for a new author to read, these short tales can send you in the right direction. Their shortness, some are only ten pages, make them the perfect waiting room or grocery line read. Overall, When a Stranger Comes to Town is a strong group of tales. 4 stars! Thanks to Hanover Square Press, Harlequin Books, and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen D

    Anthologies are so tricky -- I feel like the stories are either too short so you can't get invested, or too disjointed, or too differing in quality that it's hard to really enjoy. But this was so good! All the stories were intended to follow one theme: "All great literature is one of two stories, a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." This anthology focused on the latter of those two storylines. The stranger could be good, evil, or anything in between. The stories were full of uni Anthologies are so tricky -- I feel like the stories are either too short so you can't get invested, or too disjointed, or too differing in quality that it's hard to really enjoy. But this was so good! All the stories were intended to follow one theme: "All great literature is one of two stories, a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." This anthology focused on the latter of those two storylines. The stranger could be good, evil, or anything in between. The stories were full of unique interpretations, and most of them were really creepy and twisty. As you can tell from the contributing authors (Michael Koryta, Alafair Burke, S.A. Cosby, Lisa Unger to name a few) you're obviously getting high-quality contributions. And I really enjoyed reading works by some authors I had never heard of before, I have new authors to look out for now! Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. As is always the case with anthologies, I liked some stories more than others. But the whole book was so fun to read, and hit the perfect level of creepiness.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    When A Stranger Comes To Town Edited by Michael Koryta This Mystery Writers of America anthology of short stories includes eighteen authors take on the a stranger coming to town…most of the strangers written about by the authors are not ones I would like to meet myself but they are intriguing. I believe this is a book best read a story at a time rather than all in one sitting. It would make a good gift to give to a mystery lover. I have a few more stories yet to read but my favorites so far were: When A Stranger Comes To Town Edited by Michael Koryta This Mystery Writers of America anthology of short stories includes eighteen authors take on the a stranger coming to town…most of the strangers written about by the authors are not ones I would like to meet myself but they are intriguing. I believe this is a book best read a story at a time rather than all in one sitting. It would make a good gift to give to a mystery lover. I have a few more stories yet to read but my favorites so far were: Solomon Wept by S.A. Cosby ~ a story of a mother’s love and Relative Stranger by Amanda Witt: a family pulling together to stay safe. There were several others that made me think but I related best to these first two stories in the collection – perhaps because the mothers in both stories were characters I could see a bit of myself in. All in all this was an interesting ncollection of stories well worth reading. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin – Hanover square Press for the ARC ~ This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars

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