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Life Is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder Kindle Edition
Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.
And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.
This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.
Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!
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"Ample entertainment for young murder-mystery aficionados." ―Publishers Weekly
"This anthology may entice teens to expand their mystery reading." ―Kirkus Reviews
"An appropriate read for a wide YA audience... a great collection for mystery lovers of all stripes." ―Booklist
"A few choice selections... for a spooky readaloud." ―The Bulletin
"A broad look at the genre... Engaging... Well written and interesting." ―School Library Journal
- ASIN : B07K6DPYFM
- Publisher : Imprint (September 10, 2019)
- Publication date : September 10, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3545 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 319 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250620813
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,697 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I would normally try to talk about all the stories a bit in anthologies. But since these are more mystery, it’s very hard without spoiling anything. So instead, I’m just going to talk a tiny bit about the standouts for me. I didn’t hate any story, but some were much better (for me) than others.
Floater by Kelley Armstrong
I had a feeling I would like this since I enjoy Kelley’s writing and it didn’t disappoint. Except that it was shorter than I would have liked and it started the book. It’s so hard to enjoy the rest when I like the first story so much. This one is about a dead body found floating and trying to figure out what happened.
The Day I Killed Coach Duffy by R.L. Stine
It’s R.L. Stine. I don’t really have to say more. It was short and strange and I really liked it a lot.
The Boy in the Red Vans by Rachel Vincent
This was one of those twisty short stories where you’re trying to figure out what is going on. Not everything is as it seems in the beginning.
Concealment by Eileen Rendahl
I wasn’t sure at first with this one since it started out with a school shooter drill. But that wasn’t what the story was about at all. A young teen girl started having weird flashes that she didn’t understand until she googled herself.
A Killer Story by Julie Tollefson
This starts off with a trio of friends who grew apart the summer of senior year. A body is found and everything is all connected somehow.
First Party Back by Emmy Laybourne
This is about a boy that attends his first party after accidentally killing someone while driving home from another party. It also deals with alcohol poisoning and had a really great friendship that I loved.
What I Did On My Summer Vacation by Jonathon Maberry
I love books with bodyguards and threats, so this story stood out to me. There was another with secret service that I enjoyed, too. I think this one stood out a bit more because of it taking place on an island.
Six Ways To Kill Your Grandmother by Barry Lyga
This was the final story in the book. It was about a 14 year old boy whose father was a serial killer and taught his son all his tricks. He’s living with his grandma and it seems like she has dementia. He goes over all the ways he can kill her and get away with it.
There were quite a few more than I really enjoyed and a few that were just ok. I gave this book 4 stars.
Thank you to Imprint/Macmillan for sending me a copy for review.