Review: Fall Into Crime anthology

Fall Into Crime anthology
Series: Happy Homicides (# 4)
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Publisher: Spot On Publishing
Pages: 940
Source: Book provided by the author for review
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Happy Homicides 4: Fall Into Crime has stories about crimes taking place in the fall. From back to school to Halloween, autumn is a season about change and transition. We feature authors form the first three volumes, as well as several new to our anthology family. Cuddle up and read more cozy mysteries!

 

Review: What a great selection of Halloween mysteries! All authors have on-going mystery series – some cozy, some not so cozy. Each story is well-written and, as always with short stories, I love that I can read one story at a time and feel that I’ve actually read something.

A few standouts are:

Accident, Suicide, or Murder leans towards the classic whodunit. I reveled in the was-it or wasn’t-it murder aspect of the story and the author kept me guessing up to the end.

Falling for Murder is one of the cozy mysteries included in the book. In true Halloween tradition, it involves an old cemetery and the town’s former mortuary, and not one but two murders – one from years before plus a new one in the story. I love when timelines get linked like this.

All Hallows’ Eve Heist is interesting in that it takes a trip through the underground of a kitschy theme park. (Think Sailor Moon on steroids and Red Bull, and then give her her own theme park.) I loved reading about all the underground tunnels and pathways that are hidden beneath any theme park but I sometimes got lost thinking, “How can they get to Point A from Point B?”. I found I was thinking too hard about the logistics and trying to picture the park’s map in my head. Don’t think too hard about it. Just enjoy the story.

My favorite was Spirit in the Rock. Not only am I already a fan of Terry Ambrose and his crack detective but living in Hawai’i I love reading about the legends of the Island. Hawai’i is a very spiritual place and has millions of traditional stories that get handed down through the generations. Ambrose is excellent at incorporating those legends into his mysteries.