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"Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories... High-quality entries from the likes of Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin, as well as from lesser-known authors such as Bill Beverly, elevate this above similar volumes."--Publishers Weekly The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specia "Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories... High-quality entries from the likes of Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin, as well as from lesser-known authors such as Bill Beverly, elevate this above similar volumes."--Publishers Weekly The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specially commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by the Guardian as "one of the 50 best festivals in the world." Contributors come from around the world and include the legendary Maj Sj�wall who, together with partner Per Wahl��, was the originator of Nordic noir. The editors are Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller. Martin Edwards is responsible for many award-winning anthologies and Adrian Muller is one of the co-founders of CrimeFest. Contributors to Ten Year Stretch are: Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zo� Sharp, Yrsa Sigur�ard�ttir, Maj Sj�wall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor.


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"Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories... High-quality entries from the likes of Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin, as well as from lesser-known authors such as Bill Beverly, elevate this above similar volumes."--Publishers Weekly The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specia "Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories... High-quality entries from the likes of Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and Ian Rankin, as well as from lesser-known authors such as Bill Beverly, elevate this above similar volumes."--Publishers Weekly The twenty brand new crime stories in this book have been specially commissioned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest, described by the Guardian as "one of the 50 best festivals in the world." Contributors come from around the world and include the legendary Maj Sj�wall who, together with partner Per Wahl��, was the originator of Nordic noir. The editors are Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller. Martin Edwards is responsible for many award-winning anthologies and Adrian Muller is one of the co-founders of CrimeFest. Contributors to Ten Year Stretch are: Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zo� Sharp, Yrsa Sigur�ard�ttir, Maj Sj�wall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor.

30 review for Ten Year Stretch: Celebrating a Decade of Crime Fiction at Crimefest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    In honor of a decade of CrimeFest, Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories. Lee Childs, Jeffery Deaver, Ian Rankin, Sophie Hannah, and John Harvey are among the better known authors participating in this book. But don't let the lesser known artists keep you from reading. There is some real talent among them. I liked that all of the stories are new, specifically for this anthology. It was like a smorgasbord of the juiciest rib In honor of a decade of CrimeFest, Edwards and Muller have assembled top-notch talent in this entertaining anthology of 20 original short stories. Lee Childs, Jeffery Deaver, Ian Rankin, Sophie Hannah, and John Harvey are among the better known authors participating in this book. But don't let the lesser known artists keep you from reading. There is some real talent among them. I liked that all of the stories are new, specifically for this anthology. It was like a smorgasbord of the juiciest rib-eye steak and loaded baked potato. It's really hard to pinpoint my favorite of all the stories, but one of my favorites is by Jeffery Deaver which featured characters from his prior books. Another one I immensely enjoyed is THE LAST LOCKED ROOM ... a suspenseful mystery with a surprising ending. Many thanks to the authors / editors / Poisoned Pen Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this anthology. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    Ten Year Stretch is a collection of twenty short stories of the crime genre. They are written for the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest and royalties go to charity. Bill Beverly -The Hired Man: A young man follows a girl from college to St Paul, Minnesota, where he has an unexpected encounter with a mobster. Simon Brett - The Last Locked Room: A man solves the cold case mystery of his grandfather’s murder in an excellent locked room mystery. Lee Child – Shorty and the Briefcase: an injured cop is in Ten Year Stretch is a collection of twenty short stories of the crime genre. They are written for the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest and royalties go to charity. Bill Beverly -The Hired Man: A young man follows a girl from college to St Paul, Minnesota, where he has an unexpected encounter with a mobster. Simon Brett - The Last Locked Room: A man solves the cold case mystery of his grandfather’s murder in an excellent locked room mystery. Lee Child – Shorty and the Briefcase: an injured cop is instrumental in solving a case while on his back with a leg in traction. Ann Cleeves – Moses and the Locked Tent Mystery: a safari employee solves the mysterious death of an Englishwoman killed inside a locked tent. Jeffery Deaver – The Blind Date: a serial killer tale with a perfect twist. Martin Edwards – Strangers in a Pub: a blackly funny tale of an ex-cop meeting a contact in a pub for some PI work. Kate Ellis – Crime Scene: a crime-writer finds himself inside his own plot. Peter Guttridge – Normal Rules Do Not Apply: a big-name crime writer is murdered at the Bristol CrimeFest so authors speculate about who, among them, is the murderer. Sophie Hannah – Ask Tom St Clare: a woman is extremely dissatisfied with the PI she hires to find her missing boyfriend. John Harvey – Blue and Sentimental: A saxophonist engages a PI to look for her lover, missed also by the lover’s husband and sons. Mick Herron – How Many Cats Have You Killed?: Herron details his own career as a spy, and confesses (in advance) to a murder he’s about to commit. Donna Moore – Daylight Robbery: Polly Fulton’s father-in-law comes to stay. His obnoxious son is constantly critical, but Polly and Col get on OK. Caro Ramsay – The Snapperoody: The younger sister prides herself on her observation skills, she has a newly-passed-down Box Brownie (her Snapperoody) and she’s not stupid. Ian Rankin – Inside the Box: At a colleague’s farewell, Rebus and Calder muse on another colleague, recently buried, and the jewellery heist he investigated years earlier. A little extra dose of Rebus. James Sallis – Freezer Burn: His children are surprised when Daddy is thawed out: he claims he is (and always was) a freelance assassin. But then they have to drive him to meet a client. Zoë Sharp – Caught on Camera: A freshly graduated detective in the New London Police Service takes on a gun man in a heroic act at a motorway toll booth, so why is her new boss less than impressed? Yrsa Sigurðardóttir – Road Trip: Signy is determined to get her follow-up story on her exclusive interview with the murderer’s mother, even if it means driving an unsafe car on isolated icy roads. Maj Sjöwall – Long Time No See: fifty-five-year-old Blomman has lived rough for years; she’s almost at her current abode when she encounters a friend from high school. Netta is amazed at how accepting Blomman is with her lot. Michael Stanley – The Ring: Having encountered an angry Mrs Joubert at 15 Fairfield St, the recycler tries to check her bins when she’s not about to drive past in her shiny BMW. One week, he gets a nasty shock in her bin… Andrew Taylor –The Five-Letter Word: On the first day of his leave, DI Richard Thornhill attends the house of a wealthy lady as a favour to his wife. But it’s not the nasty word written on the lawn with weedkiller that’s most disturbing. This collection proves that all of these authors, many better known for longer works, are also talented short story writers. There’s the added bonus that readers unfamiliar with some of these names can get a taste without investing in a whole novel. Several are about crime writers (obviously a topic about which they have intimate knowledge); two even set their stories at the CrimeFest for which the book is published. Many are amusing, although the humour is often quite dark, and a few are truly chilling. Twenty excellent doses of crime.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a really excellent collection of short stories, published in celebration of ten years of CrimeFest, a Brighton festival...2018 origin. They take minutes to read yet pack a wallop. Since some of the authors were new to me I now have more books to add to my lists. Bill Beverly, Simon Grett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoe Sharp, Yrsa Siguroar This is a really excellent collection of short stories, published in celebration of ten years of CrimeFest, a Brighton festival...2018 origin. They take minutes to read yet pack a wallop. Since some of the authors were new to me I now have more books to add to my lists. Bill Beverly, Simon Grett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffery Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoe Sharp, Yrsa Siguroardottir, Maj Sjowall, Michael Stanley and Andrew Taylor. Library Loan Poisoned Pen Press paperback

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Ten Year Stretch is a crime fiction anthology to commemorate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest in Bristol, England. Peter James wrote the foreword. Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller edited it. Edwards writes the introduction about the authors and Muller writes the afterword to tell the history of the convention. And, there's a stellar list of authors who contributed original short stories to the collection. I really could just say if you like crime fiction you should be familiar with these author Ten Year Stretch is a crime fiction anthology to commemorate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest in Bristol, England. Peter James wrote the foreword. Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller edited it. Edwards writes the introduction about the authors and Muller writes the afterword to tell the history of the convention. And, there's a stellar list of authors who contributed original short stories to the collection. I really could just say if you like crime fiction you should be familiar with these authors. Twenty writers offered new stories, and donated all the royalties to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Check out the roster: Bill Beverly, Simon Brett, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Jeffrey Deaver, Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Peter Guttridge, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, Donna Moore, Caro Ramsay, Ian Rankin, James Sallis, Zoe Sharp, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Maj Sjowall, Michael Stanley, Andrew Taylor. Maj Sjowall, with her partner Per Wahloo, originated what we call Scandinavian noir, but hasn't written a novel in forty years. Her story, "Long Time No See", is translated for this collection. As expected, all of the stories were intriguing. Peter Guttridge's "Normal Rules Do No Apply" is set at CrimeFest where an author is killed. Other authors appear as characters in the story. Ian Rankin brings back a retired Rebus. Deaver's "Blind Date" was a creepy story. Simon Brett's mystery was nostaligic. "The Last Locked Room" is a tribute to locked room mysteries, and a retired policeman investigates a mystery his grandfather left him. But, it's Yrsa Sigurdardottir's "Road Trip" that was terrifying, although the entire story takes place in and around a car. This is a collection that's of the highest quality. Ten Year Stretch is an anthology that really belongs in every crime fiction reader's collection.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jo Marchant

    I loved this book but I am always disappointed by short stories as they are over far too soon!! The next dilemma is that I now have a longer list of authors I need to read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Great collection of 20 stories. Though some are much better than others, there really isn't a bad one in the bunch. I love these collections as they give you a sample of authors, some which you might have heard about but not yet read. The Last Locked Room and Road Trip were my favorites. Stories are 3 to 5 stars. Great collection of 20 stories. Though some are much better than others, there really isn't a bad one in the bunch. I love these collections as they give you a sample of authors, some which you might have heard about but not yet read. The Last Locked Room and Road Trip were my favorites. Stories are 3 to 5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    "Ten Year Stretch" is a collection of twenty new short stories written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest. A couple of the authors even worked CrimeFest into their stories. Although most of us can't attend the convention in Bristol, we can still help celebrate with this collection of stories. Although I wouldn't give each story in the collection 5 stars, I've given the book 5 stars because of the quality of the collection as a whole. I like the fact that all of the stories are new, s "Ten Year Stretch" is a collection of twenty new short stories written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CrimeFest. A couple of the authors even worked CrimeFest into their stories. Although most of us can't attend the convention in Bristol, we can still help celebrate with this collection of stories. Although I wouldn't give each story in the collection 5 stars, I've given the book 5 stars because of the quality of the collection as a whole. I like the fact that all of the stories are new, specifically for this anthology. It includes stories from a wide variety of authors, some more well-known that others. I enjoyed stories from some authors I regularly follow, but the stories featured different characters from their regular series characters, such as the "Blind Date" but Jeffrey Deaver, which has clever, surprising ending. I also enjoyed a story set in Africa by Ann Cleeves, a new author to me. Other highlights include "The Last Locked Room" by Simon Brett, "Shorty and the Briefcase" by Lee Child, and "Ask Tom St Clare" by Sophie Hannah. There is also a history of CrimeFest following the stories, along with short biographies of each of the contributing authors. This is an excellent collection for mystery lovers and fans of short stories. I received this book from NetGalley, through the courtesy of Poisoned Pen Press. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Ten Year Stretch was a comprehensive collection of short stories. It had quite a few subgenres represented which I thought made the book well rounded. I find these collections are a great way to experiment and find new genres and authors to try. Included in this one novel were some locked door mysteries, Nordic noir, classic mystery, and many more. Some better known authors were interspersed with some new to me ones as well which made the collection more interesting. If you are looking to break Ten Year Stretch was a comprehensive collection of short stories. It had quite a few subgenres represented which I thought made the book well rounded. I find these collections are a great way to experiment and find new genres and authors to try. Included in this one novel were some locked door mysteries, Nordic noir, classic mystery, and many more. Some better known authors were interspersed with some new to me ones as well which made the collection more interesting. If you are looking to break into a new genre or are looking for authors to try, I'd recommend this book to show you a wide range. There is bound to be one or two (or more in my case) that will catch your eye! Congratulations on Crime Fest celebrating ten years with a wonderful collection.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Twenty tantalising, terrifying tales wrapped up in a showstopper anthology is destined to take crime fiction lovers by the throat and leave them reeling! Ten Year Stretch is  jam-packed  full of  criminal deliciousness! With some top names in Crime Fiction it will prove impossible to resist! It would be impossible to review all the short stories  so I have chosen just a couple to focus on for this review but really if you love crime fiction then it would be a travesty to miss this little beauty! Twenty tantalising, terrifying tales wrapped up in a showstopper anthology is destined to take crime fiction lovers by the throat and leave them reeling! Ten Year Stretch is  jam-packed  full of  criminal deliciousness! With some top names in Crime Fiction it will prove impossible to resist! It would be impossible to review all the short stories  so I have chosen just a couple to focus on for this review but really if you love crime fiction then it would be a travesty to miss this little beauty! My first pick was Donna Moore's "Daylight Robbery": Sharp, straight to the point and filled with  barbed wit  this short story is jam-packed with character, setting and plot. Appearances and perceptions can really be deceptive can't they as Polly discovers that looking after her husbands jail-bird father is turning out a little different than she expected! In Caro Ramsay's "The Snapperoody" sibling rivalry, a camera and the Famous Five make a trip to Millport one never to be forgotten! Jeffery Deaver's "Blind Date"  will leave you with a pounding heart and a racing pulse. Dating strangers might be off your list of things to do once you have read this!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    4 stars. As a fan of crime fiction and short stories in general-I was keen to read this compilation of stories that was commissioned to celebrate Crime Fest. These 20 stories were gripping, exciting, surprising and all possessed unique, specific voices, angles and darkness. What they share is the common theme of eerie mystery. One of the reasons I love short stories is that they inevitably leave you wanting more....and wondering what happens next. I liked this compilation so much that I plan to 4 stars. As a fan of crime fiction and short stories in general-I was keen to read this compilation of stories that was commissioned to celebrate Crime Fest. These 20 stories were gripping, exciting, surprising and all possessed unique, specific voices, angles and darkness. What they share is the common theme of eerie mystery. One of the reasons I love short stories is that they inevitably leave you wanting more....and wondering what happens next. I liked this compilation so much that I plan to seek out other writing by these authors! For fans of true crime, British Procedurals, even old fashioned mysteries...this book really has something for fans of all kinds of crime writing. *advance copy received in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Poison Pen Press and Netgalley for the opportunity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Read

    Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards, is a collection of all new short stories with an unusual raison d’être but with the usual variability in appeal. Jeffery Deaver could write a million stories and I probably wouldn’t like any of them; the same is true of Ian Rankin. Lee Child’s contribution was good, and I enjoyed Donna Moore’s "Daylight Robbery" and Caro Ramsay’s "The Snapperoody" well enough to search West Coast libraries (in vain) for ebooks by either of them. But it was Mick Herron’s Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards, is a collection of all new short stories with an unusual raison d’être but with the usual variability in appeal. Jeffery Deaver could write a million stories and I probably wouldn’t like any of them; the same is true of Ian Rankin. Lee Child’s contribution was good, and I enjoyed Donna Moore’s "Daylight Robbery" and Caro Ramsay’s "The Snapperoody" well enough to search West Coast libraries (in vain) for ebooks by either of them. But it was Mick Herron’s short essay, "How Many Cats Have You Killed," which earned this book a fourth star. It reassured me that my profound aversion to any account of animal suffering - even fictional suffering by fictional animals - is, if not rational, at least by no means unique.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was written in honor of the 10 year anniversary of Crimefest, a convention for people who read and write thrillers. The stories are original, and most are pretty short. I found them to be kind of uneven - Ian Rankin delivers, as does Caro Ramsey, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Maj Sowell. But some of the other stories weren’t as strong. However, the book is a good sampling - you’re sure to find at least one writer you want to read more of - and the stories are quick, easy reads. Worth checking This book was written in honor of the 10 year anniversary of Crimefest, a convention for people who read and write thrillers. The stories are original, and most are pretty short. I found them to be kind of uneven - Ian Rankin delivers, as does Caro Ramsey, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Maj Sowell. But some of the other stories weren’t as strong. However, the book is a good sampling - you’re sure to find at least one writer you want to read more of - and the stories are quick, easy reads. Worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Radley

    Rubbish rubbish rubbish.... dear god these stories are awful there’s no mystery to them at all also some of the crimes are unbelievable and pointless and as short stories don’t make sense I am sorry but in any story be it a novel or one or two words you need a beginning a middle and an end or cliff hanger if you prefer some stories in this book do it well others are just plain lazy and the characters don’t make any sense or feel real utter tripe.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this compilation has changed my mind! There wasn't anything too dark which is the only negative I can find...I love to feel a bit disturbed by fictional crime stories! I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this compilation has changed my mind! There wasn't anything too dark which is the only negative I can find...I love to feel a bit disturbed by fictional crime stories!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Robin Patrick

    I don't read a ton of short stories, but I chose this book because I wanted a quick exposure to several writers whose work I had never read. It did not disappoint. All of the stories were entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed breezing through the quick plots. I don't read a ton of short stories, but I chose this book because I wanted a quick exposure to several writers whose work I had never read. It did not disappoint. All of the stories were entertaining, and I thoroughly enjoyed breezing through the quick plots.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Anthamatten

    Several were good to read and actually had and ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Roden

    Disappointed. Not even a couple of really good stories can raise this anthology above the 3*** level.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    a wonderful and diverse collection of short stories from a wise variety of authors showing the power of short crime fiction and celebrating a fantastic 10 years of crimefest!! HAPPY READING!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ris

    Mostly pretty good Excellent - Guttridge, Herron, Stanley, & Taylor 4 were dreadful and a waste of time

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Great collection of clever short stories!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vallery Feldman

    fun book of short stories commemorating the 10th anniversary of Crimefest.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    A decidedly mixed bag of mystery/thriller stories. A few are pretty good, some are outright terrible, and most are just kind of fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lesley McLean

    A patchy anthology. Some good, some indifferent. I guess it’s hard fitting a whodunnit into a short story. Shout out to Ian Rankin for a fun Rebus tale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet Ackland

    Enjoyed reading some new authors. Some very good short stories

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    A brilliant collection of short stories from some of the greatest names in Crime Fiction. I loved them all and you can find out how much on my blog jenmedsbookreviews.com. Highly recommended

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura Fix

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Lawman

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