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Two of the Deadliest edited by Elizabeth George


Cover art: Two of the Deadliest Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Two of the Deadliest (An Anthology)
Editor: Elizabeth George
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-135033-7
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate to Extreme
Elizabeth's Website: www.elizabethgeorge.com

Hi All,

This is a collection of stories of lust, greed and murder from various top female crime writers.  The title, Two of the Deadliest, pertains to the fact that the stories are about two of the deadliest sins of the seven deadly sins which have been at the beginning of crimes throughout history.  These stories are about lust and greed which are particularly wicked.  Here is a sample of what you'll find.

Gold Fever by Dana Stabenow:
Gilbert Nelson had just come home from work and was enjoying his first beer of the evening.  The doorbell rang and he was confronted by what only could be two policemen.  They were investigating a shooting that took place in a remote part of Alaska.  Mr. Nelson had been in the area in his plane and had to make an emergency landing.  A man was murdered in the area and the plane was spotted and reported.  This doesn't sound all that interesting but, believe me, it is.  The story sneaks up on you and the results of the case are a real surprise.  I don't want to spoil it for you.  So that's all I'll say about this one.

Your Turn by Carolyn Hart:
Terri is sitting by her husband's hospital bed as he is dying of lung cancer.  She had never really loved him but he had been exciting and rich and it had been a fair bargain.  She had been young and beautiful.  She wasn't so young now.  Ten years had left lines on her face that all the cream in the world couldn't smooth her skin as it had been.  Her husband had found out that she was having an affair with someone she met at a Country Club and he has reminded her of a pre-nuptial agreement that she had signed giving her nothing if she continued to cheat.  There is a bit of jealousy in this story along with greed and lust and, to me, the jealousy is the primary sin here.  See if you feel the same way.

A Capitol Obsession by Allison Brennan:
The body of a woman has been discovered crammed into an armoire in the office of the Senate Majority Leader of the State of California.  Detective John Black has been assigned the case.  An old love of Blacks, Senator Lara James, is somehow involved in the murder.  Between the two of them they begin investigating the case and the political ramifications that are involved.  It is discovered that the victim was a lobbyist for Indian Gaming and this makes it all the more interesting.  This is a very good story for readers who enjoy political intrigue.

Ms. George's anthology spotlights 18 stories by established women mystery writers and 5 by newcomers.  The wide variety of styles and places pleased me and will probably please most mystery fans.  Not all of them are winners but, it is a worthwhile collection.  I wish I could write more about the stories and solutions by, I wouldn't want to spoil anything for you.  Just know that anyone who loves mysteries will love these short stories.  I enjoyed most of the stories and, of course, Elizabeth George really knows her business.

Talk to you soon,

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