Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Fans of the lighter, softer side of crime fiction should take a look at the THIRTEEN from the MESDAMES OF MAYHEM.

The book was suggested to me by a rather circuitous route (cousin of / who is a work colleague of / who mentioned it to...), which is the only reason I would have even tried it to be honest. But the writers in this anthology include a number of winners and finalists from Canada's Arthur Ellis awards, so it was interesting to compare against the local short story competition winners I've been reading recently.

The majority of these stories are considerably more on the cozy side than I would normally go near, but there were one or two entries that I enjoyed a lot. There's a combination of fun, humour, supernatural stuff, and some decidedly odd goings on, which makes it a good collection for readers to dip into. Whilst it does suggest that it moves from dark supernatural to comedy capers, there's little here that's dark enough for me, but for fans of cozies this would be a great introduction to some of Canada's top female crime writers.


A meeting place for deadly minds... Thirteen Mesdames of Mayhem bring you a thrilling cocktail of crime fiction, from dark supernatural thrillers to outrageous comedy capers. This merry band of authors includes winners and finalists for the Arthur Ellis awards, Canada's national prize for excellence in crime fiction. An eerie emerald skull holds the clue to a woman's origins...and to murder. A bureaucrat stumbling home on a winter evening sees a lion...or does he? Senior citizens show their mettle...and their sinister side. And, more importantly, how do you get rid of a troublesome body and plan the perfect the same time? Within these pages lie the answers! 

Karen Chisholm
Thursday, January 16, 2014
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