Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Crimes By Moonlight Crimes By Moonlight
Edited by Charlaine Harris

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Alan Robson

I can't think of anybody better qualified to edit an anthology of supernatural mystery stories than Charlaine Harris. These days she is perhaps best known for her Sookie Stackhouse novels (the basis of the TV Series True Blood). But before she shot to the top of the vampire best seller lists, she wrote quite a lot of very respectable straightforward mystery novels with not a trace of woo-woo in them at all.

This anthology has been produced by the Mystery Writers Of America. The contributors are all mystery writers with little or no experience of writing supernatural stories. Given such a lack of familiarity with the conventions of the genre you might logically expect that the collection would consist of cliches, but nothing could be further from the truth. Charlaine Harris has exercised firm control over her writers, ruthlessly plucking out and disgarding cliches wherever she could find them and the end result is an anthology of surprising originality. I think that the very lack of genre familiarity has brought a freshness to the stories that is often lacking in the more jaded stories of those who do this kind of thing for a living. Perversely Charlaine Harris' own story is probably the weakest in the collection!

In short, this anthology is a very strong collection of first rate stories. Charlaine Harris has done a superb editing job.

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