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The Mystery Box Edited by Brad Meltzer

The Mystery Box Edited by Brad MeltzerReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Mystery Box is short story collection of twenty-one stories from as many authors spanning the entire spectrum of the mystery genre. While some of the authors wrote stories readers would expect, more than a few of them stepped outside their writing box and tried a story unlike their full length novels. Some of my favorites included the following.

Jan Burke gets things rolling with The Amiable Miss Edith Montague, a delightful story that is quite a departure from her Irene Kelly series. Great Aunt Edith controlled the Montague fortune until that is, she was murdered. The logical suspect would be the nephew who inherits all, but he has the iron clad alibi of was dining with the police chief at the time of the murder, the suspect list is wide open. There’s a bit of whimsy in this one as well in the form of a secret room.

Laura Lippman gives readers to Waco 1982 when typewriters were still used occasionally. A newspaper reporter gets caught up in the story behind a belt buckle out of the lost and found at one of the town’s establishments, leading her to a not so well covered up crime.

Dead Even by Brad Meltzer

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

Dead Even by Brad MeltzerLawyer Sara Tate, on the first day on the job as a District Attorney, steals a case so she can get noticed fast. It happens to be a high profile burglary case. If she wins this case it could make her career. Sara’s husband Jared is a defense attorney and he is hired for the same case. They both are warned if they don’t win their spouse will be killed. Each is unaware of the threat to the other. They both try to get each other to plea deal the case so they get the win.

The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer

tenthReviewed by Julie Moderson

Ben Addison has just landed the job of a lifetime as a clerk for the Supreme Court justices. Ben is just out of Yale Law School and now has the prestige of clerking for Justice Hollis.

Working on the Supreme Court means that any law firm that wasn’t trying to woo Ben to their law firm before would do so now. Clerks are the most sought after for their experiences on the court by all law firms. Ben finds himself clerking with Lisa Schulman who is a beautiful, funny and great girl to spend a year with in a small office. Ben lives with his three friends that he grew up with; Eric who writes for theWashington Post, Nathan who works for the State Department and Ober who is working for a Senator. The young men have just graduated and are all starting their adult career dream jobs.

Ben gets tricked into sharing a Supreme Court decision before it is public and soon finds himself getting blackmailed. The blackmailer made a fortune on the info and wants more from Ben. Ben is worried he may have just blown his whole career on a stupid mistake and his friends jump into help. Now not only is Ben’s career in jeopardy but all of his friend’s careers are too. Ben thinks it is all about him and is selfish and uses his friends without regard to their safety or well being.