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This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit Lo This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit London's hidden world of the Nightside, and become spellbound with eight more tales of magical mystery. Introduction - Dana Stabenow Cold Spell - Donna Andrews The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green Lovely - John Straley The Price - Anne Bishop Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris The Judgement - Anne Perry The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow About the Authors


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This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit Lo This one-of-a-kind collection features stories from some of the biggest names in mystery and fantasy-blending the genres into a unique hybrid where PIs may wear wizard's robes and criminals may really be monsters. Sit in on a modern-day witch's trial, visit the halls of a magical boarding school with murder on the curriculum, spend some time with Sookie Stackhouse, visit London's hidden world of the Nightside, and become spellbound with eight more tales of magical mystery. Introduction - Dana Stabenow Cold Spell - Donna Andrews The Nightside, Needless to Say- Simon R. Green Lovely - John Straley The Price - Anne Bishop Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris The Judgement - Anne Perry The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike DOogan Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow About the Authors

30 review for Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    At first I felt like this collection was disappointing but okay; the stories were pretty fluffy, not really satisfying as mysteries and too often reliant on prior familiarity with the authors' work, but moderately entertaining and quick to read. However, as I went along the stories were increasingly dumb. At first I felt like this collection was disappointing but okay; the stories were pretty fluffy, not really satisfying as mysteries and too often reliant on prior familiarity with the authors' work, but moderately entertaining and quick to read. However, as I went along the stories were increasingly dumb.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I bought this for the Sookie and Black Jewels story which was ok but some other the others were really weird. The Price by Anne Bishop This little story is in the Black Jewel world. Jaenelle and Daemon are on there honeymoon and Surreal is in the city enjoying her day when three Warlord Prince are killed without any reason. Prince Rainier comes to meet the three Warlords but finds Surreal in a room splattered with body parts and blood. In blood society murder isn’t punishable. Surreal and Rainier I bought this for the Sookie and Black Jewels story which was ok but some other the others were really weird. The Price by Anne Bishop This little story is in the Black Jewel world. Jaenelle and Daemon are on there honeymoon and Surreal is in the city enjoying her day when three Warlord Prince are killed without any reason. Prince Rainier comes to meet the three Warlords but finds Surreal in a room splattered with body parts and blood. In blood society murder isn’t punishable. Surreal and Rainier investigates the murders after a young yellow jewelled Warlord is almost attack. Love this short story about Surreal and Rainier. Wish Anne Bishop would do more short story with the other minor characters in the Black Jewels series Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris Sookie is asked by Claudine and Claude to read some people’s minds that they think killed there triplet Claudia. Nice little short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series

  3. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    I found this one at the used bookstore and snapped it up. This collection is a good way to get introduced to the occult detective sub-genre of urban fantasy. It has a nice mix of stories, including a Simon R. Green Nightside story and a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse story, which actually encouraged me to finally start reading this series. In fact, I like this short story better than the first book in the series Dead Until Dark. Probably because it had some faery elements lacking in the firs I found this one at the used bookstore and snapped it up. This collection is a good way to get introduced to the occult detective sub-genre of urban fantasy. It has a nice mix of stories, including a Simon R. Green Nightside story and a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse story, which actually encouraged me to finally start reading this series. In fact, I like this short story better than the first book in the series Dead Until Dark. Probably because it had some faery elements lacking in the first book. Additionally there is a tale from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels universe that intrigued me. Although the concepts of her world are very complicated, this short story was written in such a way that I could enjoy it without having read the Black Jewels trilogy. I made a note to pick this series up. Some of the stories weren't as fantastic as I wished, but had elements of fantasy and a strong mystery. I didn't dislike any story in this collection, but the Nightside story was clearly my favorite (no surprise there).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    A rather weak anthology of short stories combining murder mystery and fantasy. The best story was the first one, Cold Spell by Donna Andrews. Andrews is a competent mystery writer, so the quality of her story came as no surprise. But the mediocrity of the other stories, despite some stellar authors’ names included in the collection, was disappointing. A rather weak anthology of short stories combining murder mystery and fantasy. The best story was the first one, Cold Spell by Donna Andrews. Andrews is a competent mystery writer, so the quality of her story came as no surprise. But the mediocrity of the other stories, despite some stellar authors’ names included in the collection, was disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nanu

    my review is only for Fairy Dust (Sookie Stackhouse #4.1) by Charlaine Harris

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I have read this book countless time over the years since its release. It's one of my favorite anthologies: full of stories about murder in fantasy settings. :-) I'll review each story individually. As of today, September 4, 2015, I've read four stories. My plan is to read the others sometime in the next few days/weeks. Maybe one per night will be workable? ;-) Cold Spell by Donna Andrews Read 09/02/2015; ★★★★★ - outstanding/amazing :-) I think this is my most favorite story in the book. I always en I have read this book countless time over the years since its release. It's one of my favorite anthologies: full of stories about murder in fantasy settings. :-) I'll review each story individually. As of today, September 4, 2015, I've read four stories. My plan is to read the others sometime in the next few days/weeks. Maybe one per night will be workable? ;-) Cold Spell by Donna Andrews Read 09/02/2015; ★★★★★ - outstanding/amazing :-) I think this is my most favorite story in the book. I always end it chuckling. :-) In this story, Master Justinian, the Maestro at Westmarch College (a college for mages!), is called up to the local castle to solve a murder. Unfortunately, he has a cold. (view spoiler)[Every time he sneezes, his magic does something that his apprentice, young Gwynn, must then correct. One sneeze sets his teacup to floating, another turns the bats into unusual colors (some even striped!), and the final sneeze of the story, which sets me to chuckling, turns himself into a tiny blue goblin. :-) (hide spoiler)] I really love this story. Master Justinian is stumped by the murder, and while Gwynn was set to working on the castle warding spell, she ends up with the answer to both their problems. :-) I always enjoy reading this story: it's always fun and never gets old. :-) Lovely by John Straley Read 09/04/2015; ★★★ - above-average/liked it I like this story okay, but after reading it countless times I now find myself wondering why it is in this collection. Sure, it's told from the point of view of a raven, but is that enough of a fantasy element to put it in an anthology with mages and vampires and the like? The world Gunk lives in seems to be the world outside my windows: normal, everyday, real life. But still, it's a pretty good - and nicely gruesome - little story. ;-) Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris Read 08/31/2015; ★★★★ - very good/really liked This short story is set in the world of CH's Southern Vampire series. Sookie is the primary protagonist, and Claudine wants to hire her for a job. (view spoiler)[Claudine is a triplet. Her sister, Claudia, died and Claudine and their brother, Claude, want Soookie to help them figure out why and, if applicable, who did it. (hide spoiler)] I love that this is first-person narrated by Sookie, which lets us share in her internal thoughts. She has some fun thoughts that make me smile. :-) This is a really neat story that lets us see a little into the world of the fairies in Sookie's universe. I really like this glimpse into their lives. The Sorcerer's Assassin by Sharon Shinn Read 09/03/2015; ★★★★ - very good/really liked This short is the book's second set at a school for mages, the Norwitch Academy of Magic and Sorcery. The murder in this story was of (view spoiler)[one of the professors and the pool of suspects is quite small: only five mages have the power...and all five are professors at the Academy and none of them liked their murdered colleague. (hide spoiler)] None of the main characters in this story are particularly likable, so I find it curious that I really like the story. I think it must just be that Sharon Shinn is that good a writer. :-) And the killer is not who you might think it is. That makes this story fun, too. ;-)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Cold Spell by Donna Andrews 6/21/2006 The Nightside, needless to say" by Simon R. Green. Not John Turner, but Larry Oblivion. read 22/2006 Lovely by John Straley 6/25/2006 The Price by Anne Bishop was cool... Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris is *why* I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse! 6/28/2006 The Judgement - Anne Perry 6/29/2006 The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn 7/1/2006 The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong 7/3/2006 Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman 7/5/2006 The Death of Clickclickwhistle Cold Spell by Donna Andrews 6/21/2006 The Nightside, needless to say" by Simon R. Green. Not John Turner, but Larry Oblivion. read 22/2006 Lovely by John Straley 6/25/2006 The Price by Anne Bishop was cool... Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris is *why* I bought the book. Sookie Stackhouse! 6/28/2006 The Judgement - Anne Perry 6/29/2006 The Sorcerer's Assassin - Sharon Shinn 7/1/2006 The Boy Who Chased Seagulls - Michael Armstrong 7/3/2006 Palimpsest - Laura Anne Gilman 7/5/2006 The Death of Clickclickwhistle - Mike Doogan 7/6/2006 Cairene Dawn - Jay Caselberg 7/8/2006 Justice is a Two-edged Sword - Dana Stabenow 7/9/2006

  8. 4 out of 5

    shartyrant

    A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one! I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one! I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A lady who gets vengence with a twist. I also enjoyed Charlaine Harris's short story "Fairy Dust". I HIGHLY recommend reading it before reading DEFINITELY DEAD as it will shed some light on that story. It wasn't her best work as I think she does better with full novel length, but I enjoyed the twist with the siblings: Claudine and Claude. It worked for me as a short story. This book also marked my first exposure to Simon R. Green's Nightside work that everyone kept recommending to me. It was different. A little predictable on the mystery and a bit gross at the beginning. Got my interest up to give his other books in the series a try. Mike Doogan's "The Death of Clickclickwhistle" was okay and the only sci-fi mystery of the lot. Not hard science fiction, but fun in its own way. This also marked my first time reading a Sharon Shinn story "The Sorcerer's Assassin" . I liked it well enough to try her other stories though going by some reviews by her fans, it is very different from her normal fair. Laura Anne Gilman's "Palimpsest" was okay. As was the rest. Some made more of an impression than others. There was one I really didn't like. And there was one author,Michael Armstrong's "The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" which was a tad creepy at the end. A good moral lesson though not much of a mystery. I need to check out more of his work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Unlike some paranormal/urban fantasy where the alleged detective never detects, the lead characters in this short story collection actually do some detection. They might use a spell, or draw on ley lines or the like, but they do use their intelligence to find the evil doer. The Simon Green Nihgtside short cotninues my trend of liking Green's short stories, but not overly enjoying his novels. With the Nightside tales I wonder if it is because John Taylor isn't much of a protagnosit, and the one o Unlike some paranormal/urban fantasy where the alleged detective never detects, the lead characters in this short story collection actually do some detection. They might use a spell, or draw on ley lines or the like, but they do use their intelligence to find the evil doer. The Simon Green Nihgtside short cotninues my trend of liking Green's short stories, but not overly enjoying his novels. With the Nightside tales I wonder if it is because John Taylor isn't much of a protagnosit, and the one off charaters in the shorts work better for me. Dana Stabenow is better known for her Kate Shugak Alaskan mysteries, but she does not a nice bit of world building and intriduces us to the well paired investigator duo of Crowfoot and Sharyn. This tale worked very well, even though some might consider the justice brutal, but I would argue necessary because of events that had taken place in that world. If you like Harry Potter Cold Spell and The Sorcerer's Assassin could be to your tatste as both take place at colleges for wizards. Cold Spell features one of the apprentices to a master mage, while Sharon Shinn's The Sorcerer's Assassin features a head mistress who well...think McGonagall but smarter and meaner. And, for Sookie stackhouse fans she has a short here also. Stanebow edited oth this collection and a second, Unusual Suspects (which I had read previously) That maintained the theme. I suggest seeking out both, and Suspects includes return appearance by Crowfoot and Sharryn, Gwyn from Cold Spell, and possibly my favorite Nightside story by Simon Green.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vanity

    Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris The Price by Anne Bishop

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Spencer

    Fairy Dust It seems like this was a collection of books but I just read Fairy Dust but it’s related to the Sookie Stackhouse series DIRECTLY! This wasn’t bad but at the same time it was a real STRETCH, We meet Claudine in the last book Dead to Worse for the first time with Tara. Then later on we find out that she was attracted to Shreveport because of all the supernatural activity and that she’s a fairy that seems to have a powerful pull on vampires. In this short story, she comes to Merlotte’s Fairy Dust It seems like this was a collection of books but I just read Fairy Dust but it’s related to the Sookie Stackhouse series DIRECTLY! This wasn’t bad but at the same time it was a real STRETCH, We meet Claudine in the last book Dead to Worse for the first time with Tara. Then later on we find out that she was attracted to Shreveport because of all the supernatural activity and that she’s a fairy that seems to have a powerful pull on vampires. In this short story, she comes to Merlotte’s and asks Sookie for help (which almost always means to use her skills as a human lie detector test). We find out she has a twin brother named Claude, and what’s more they’re triplets. Only their sister Claudette died that night. Claude and Claudette work at a strip club (Hooligans) and there are three suspects (Rita, Barry, and Jeff). Rita is over the club, Barry is one of the performers, and Jeff is the bouncer and an ex-lover of Claude’s). Claude suspects Barry because he never liked Claudette. She embarrassed him on stage, slept with him, walked away, and janked the size of his penis. He suspects Rita because Claudette was going to leave and go to a higher-paying club and possibly take Claud with her (causing Hooligan’s to lose money). He suspects Jeff because Claudette didn’t approve of he and Claude’s relationship. Claudette dies before the start of the second show after turning in the money for the first show to Rita. Rita turns out to be the culprit and they way the find out. Sookie deduces from looking at a Apple Claudine is eating that Rita poised the pouch with lemon juice with Claudette was allergic to (and this and limes being the cause of fairies deaths). Claudine and Claude make Rita sign over the business and then tell her she owes them a hunt and then they give her a head start. If she can evade them for a year she’ll live. Riiight! Now how in the world do you jump from watching someone ate an APPLE to making a connection to having poisoned someone with LEMON JUICE! Sookie didn’t see in Rita’s head gloating about a job well done and getting Claudette out the way. Neither Claude, Claudine, Jeff, or Barry passed Claudette EATING anything. So how did this conclusion get jumped to. And then Rita could have easily DENIED IT. There was absolutely NO PROOF. Sookie didn’t say (but she should have said) she’d go get the pouch and CHECK IT! Eerily enough I could see Claud and Claudine’s mouth enlarging and eating Rita whole not long after. She probably outran then a good five minutes and that was the end of her. But this wasn’t a bad short story to introduce us to the fairies. It was interesting Rating: 6 Not bad, but the logic was WAY OFF!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sparrow

    So I was very reluctant to read this. It is technically on the list of canon for The Black Jewels books. My choice was to either read the story alone (which really bothered my sense of completion) or read the whole thing. I was not impressed with the reviews, but it seemed so short, I thought I could get it over with quickly. And I did. But the reviews were right. Most of these stories were really boring. Green's story was the worst: a literal cliched trope. Caselberg's was a legit insult to what So I was very reluctant to read this. It is technically on the list of canon for The Black Jewels books. My choice was to either read the story alone (which really bothered my sense of completion) or read the whole thing. I was not impressed with the reviews, but it seemed so short, I thought I could get it over with quickly. And I did. But the reviews were right. Most of these stories were really boring. Green's story was the worst: a literal cliched trope. Caselberg's was a legit insult to what most people know about mythology. Stabenow's focused on aspects that seemed to ring to a larger story - and therefore, it became boring quickly since it was supposed to be a short story. I liked Bishop's story - a delicious step back into the world of the Black Jewels. But I think my favourite was Lovely. I loved the idea of a story from the crow's perspective. It was well done and deliciously creepy. Would love to read more like it. Overall, glad to be done with it. I'll forget most of them. But glad I finished, I guess?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    An even dozen stories of mystery and fantasy from a mixed bag of authors that I know and complete unknowns (to me). Several stories are from established series: Laura Anne Gilman's Retriever series, Simon R. Green's Nightside series, and of course Charlaine Harris's Sookey Stackhouse series. Several stories I didn't much like: Simon R. Green's "The Nightside, Needless to Say," and John Straley's "Lovely," which is told from the point of view of a raven. My favorite story is the first one, Donna An even dozen stories of mystery and fantasy from a mixed bag of authors that I know and complete unknowns (to me). Several stories are from established series: Laura Anne Gilman's Retriever series, Simon R. Green's Nightside series, and of course Charlaine Harris's Sookey Stackhouse series. Several stories I didn't much like: Simon R. Green's "The Nightside, Needless to Say," and John Straley's "Lovely," which is told from the point of view of a raven. My favorite story is the first one, Donna Andrews's "Cold Spell," which takes place in a wizard academy; I've read at least one other story with this setting and characters and would like more. I also liked editor Dana Stabenow's "Justice Is a Two-Edged Sword," another story with characters I've seen before and liked: swordswoman Crowfoot and her partner seer Sharryn, who dispense justice in the king's name. None of the stories make me want to follow up on the authors that are new to me: John Straley, Mike Doogan, and Jay Caselberg.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This collection of fantasy stories related (some rather loosely) to crime has, like so many multi-author collections, some stories that are much better than others. Anne Perry's account of a witch on trial for murder is well written and memorable; Armstrong's story-within-a-story is engaging; Doogan's science fiction foray has some interest and a curiously retro 1950's feel to it. The rest of the collection were not especially engaging. I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels because the standard This collection of fantasy stories related (some rather loosely) to crime has, like so many multi-author collections, some stories that are much better than others. Anne Perry's account of a witch on trial for murder is well written and memorable; Armstrong's story-within-a-story is engaging; Doogan's science fiction foray has some interest and a curiously retro 1950's feel to it. The rest of the collection were not especially engaging. I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels because the standard of writing is often uninspiring - with some very notable exceptions, of course. I like the idea of a collection of stories involving murder and fantastical magic - hopefully there will be others in a similar vein.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah D.

    3.5 * for this uneven collection of stories. I stumbled on this collection because I was looking for other works by Dana Stabenow and found one that made me hope there would be more along this line from her! She is a storyteller, which is not as common as I'd like. I enjoy collections like this because I discover new worlds from new-to-me writers. And reading the endnotes about the authors I found out that another of my favorites (Donna Andrews) had written a short series that seems interesting. T 3.5 * for this uneven collection of stories. I stumbled on this collection because I was looking for other works by Dana Stabenow and found one that made me hope there would be more along this line from her! She is a storyteller, which is not as common as I'd like. I enjoy collections like this because I discover new worlds from new-to-me writers. And reading the endnotes about the authors I found out that another of my favorites (Donna Andrews) had written a short series that seems interesting. The hard part seems to be finding the 1st book. And the story in Ann Bishop's gem world engaged my imagination and added to my ever-growing TBR. At least 3 of the stories in this volume were DNF and that is OK with me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    What a great anthologies. I do not usually like them. Too many not good to get to the good. But this, they were all great stories. Creative, clever, surprising, endearing. I wanted to read Anne bishop and Caroline Harris the most, but there was not one disappointment.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Only reason it's getting 2 stars and not 1 is that there were a couple of the short stories I liked. Starting this there was only one author in here that I'd read before (only one book, 3 stars) her's was alright but not great. Most of these authors I'll probably avoid in the future. Only reason it's getting 2 stars and not 1 is that there were a couple of the short stories I liked. Starting this there was only one author in here that I'd read before (only one book, 3 stars) her's was alright but not great. Most of these authors I'll probably avoid in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jayden

    Only Read: Fairy Dust - Charlaine Harris

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    glad i went back and read all the stories in this collection. they were very good!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    read in A Touch of Dead

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    Again in this collection some good, some so so and few poorer short stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    2.5 Stars Only read the Sookie Stackhouse story Fairy Dust

  23. 4 out of 5

    Moraima

    I've only read "Fairy Dust" by Charlaine Harris so far. I've only read "Fairy Dust" by Charlaine Harris so far.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Books_and_lilly

    Fairy dust by Charlaine Harris

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hutchinson Reviews

    Fine! I enjoyed this book, an entertaining escape.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    There are good amounts of humor, drama, and personal struggles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    I enjoyed the clever ideas presented in this fast paced book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shasta

    I will be waiting for the next one.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shalonda

    I enjoyed Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy . I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started reading but I definitely enjoyed all the different aspects. I enjoyed Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery & Fantasy . I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started reading but I definitely enjoyed all the different aspects.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Derrick

    I just read the Simon R Green story. Great short story about a side character. If you've read all the nightside, this is interesting. I just read the Simon R Green story. Great short story about a side character. If you've read all the nightside, this is interesting.

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