Book Review: CRIME SPELLS anthology

here’s the Goodreads synopsis of Crime Spells . . . . .

 

Crime Spells

by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor)Loren L. Coleman (Editor)Joe Edwards(Contributor)Devon Monk (Goodreads Author) (Contributor)Jason Schmetzer (Contributor)Randall N. Bills (Contributor)Robert T. Jeschonek (Goodreads Author) (Contributor)Peter Orullian (Goodreads Author)(Contributor)
 3.44  ·   Rating details ·  82 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Sixteen original stories about magic-fueled crimes and those who investigate them

When magic is used for criminal purposes, all sorts of ethical and logistical questions arise beyond the realm of everyday law and order.

Now, sixteen top tale-tellers offer fascinating new stories of those who commit magic crimes, those who investigate them, and those who prosecute them. From a young woman who uses out-of-body excursions to research paranormal crimes to a bookie who?s been paying for hex protection against magical interference to an artist who does divination through his sketched visions which may lead to a murderer?s undoing, here are powerful tales of magical crimes and punishments.

and here’s my review of the book . . . . .

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Michael J.'s review 
Oct 30, 2017  ·  edit

 
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bookshelves: crime-fictionmagicshort-stories 
 

Crime Spells is a collection of short stories with a similar theme = magical crimes.
This paperback has been in my car for approximately six months. I would pull it out to read anytime I found myself waiting in a parking lot, etc. It's light-hearted fare that makes it easy to return to after long lapses in-between and still pick up where you left off. 
While I enjoyed all the stories, there are only five that really stand out and are deserving of multiple readings. 
I'm not going to give away the plot lines to any of these. I just want to point out the stories worth reading. The best story in the collection is "Eye Opening" by Jason Schmetzer. 
The other above-average tales are "Second Sight" by Ilsa J Bick; "The Sweet Smell Of Cherries" by Devon Monk; "Faiths Curse" by Randall N. Bills; and "RPG Reunion" by Peter Orullian.

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