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Publisher's Summary

A collection of the year’s best mystery short fiction selected by New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award–winning author C. J. Box.

C. J. Box , #1 New York Times best-selling author of the hugely popular Joe Pickett series, selects the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year in this annual “treat for crime-fiction fans” (Library Journal). 

©2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The Best American Mystery Stories 2020

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About half were not worth listening to

These divide into good and awful very easily. Several readers were staccato and impossible to listen to

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just OK

May be a good listen if none of your favorite authors have new books out. Some are very good and interesting others were not for me

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enjoyable anthology

nice collection of short stories. They are great for when you need something for a brief listening period.

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Wonderful stories and narrations

I have become a big fan of listening to short stories after trying this compilation.

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Horrible initial instructions

Listening to Penzler whine for 5 minutes before the book was annoying. Especially chastising potential submitters.

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Interesting Mix of Mystery

As a departure from my normal full novel read, I picked up this series of mystery short stories by a number of different authors and narrators. For the most part, the stories are interesting and just long enough to capture your attention. As with most types of anthology series, the result is somewhat of a mixed bag depending upon the listeners expectations. My interest lies more in the murder/whodunit genre which this series does very little in this vein. What the listener gets here is predominantly character studies of those involved in crime and unusual scenarios. Overall, an interesting read, but not at the top of my list for recommendations.

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Disappointed

We only listened to three of the stories. Found them uninteresting and anti-climatic. Just when I got my hopes up an ending fizzled or was off point from rest of the story. I enjoy shorts and tried to persevere but was so disappointed that I gave up. I apologize if titles further down the list are more satisfying and this steers readers away but I must be honest.