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Odd Partners
An Anthology
By (author): Mystery Writers Of America Edited by: Anne Perry By (author): Allison Brennan By (author): Jeffery Deaver
9781524799359 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Collections & Anthologies Apr 23, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.32 x 9.52 x 1.2 in 368 pages Ballantine Ballantine Books
Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Winspear, Jeffery Deaver, Charles Todd, and many more, including Perry herself.

Throughout the annals of fiction, there have been many celebrated detective teams: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Nick and Nora Charles. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. That last pair is the creation of beloved mystery writer Anne Perry, who, as the editor of Odd Partners and in conjunction with Mystery Writers of America, has enlisted some of today’s best mystery writers to craft all-new stories about unlikely duos who join forces—sometimes unwillingly—to solve beguiling whodunits.

From Perry’s own entry, in which an English sergeant and his German counterpart set out to find a missing soldier during World War I, to a psychological tale of an airplane passenger who wakes up unsure of who he is and must enlist his fellow passengers to help him remember, to a historical mystery about a misguided witch-hunt and the unlikely couple that brings it down, each story deals in the wonderful complexities of human interactions. And not just human interactions: Honey bees avenge the death of their beekeeper, a wandering cat brings home clues to a murder, and a gray wolf and a fly fisherman in the Minnesota woods try to protect their land from a brash billionaire.

Featuring work by New York Times bestselling authors, Edgar Award winners, and up-and-coming members of the Mystery Writers of America, these tales of friends, enemies, and pairs who lie somewhere in the middle will satisfy every type of mystery reader. With each author’s signature brand of suspense, these stories give new meaning to the word “teamwork.”

GREAT COMPANY: Past Mystery Writers of America anthologies have been edited by Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, Charlaine Harris, Michael Connelly, Jonathan Kellerman, and Harlan Coben.

As Publishers Weekly said of the previous collection, “The MWA has once again produced an anthology that’s A MUST FOR EVERY MYSTERY FAN.”

TWENTY NEW STORIES, ten by renowned mystery authors and ten by MWA contest winners, selected from more than 180 submissions.

THE EDGAR AWARDS, presented by MWA, take place in late April, just days before this collection’s publication.

ANNE PERRY’S SECOND DANIEL PITT NOVEL, Triple Jeopardy, also comes out in this season.

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre, and it presents the prestigious Edgar Awards to the best mystery and thriller books each year.

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels. She is also the author of Twenty-one Days, the start of a new series featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s son, Daniel, as well as a series of five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels (most recently A Christmas Revelation), and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles.

Author Residence: West Hollywood, CA

Author Hometown: London, UK

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Feature Website: mysterywriters.org/mwa-anthologies

Author Website: mysterywriters.org, anneperry.co.uk

Author Social Media: Twitter: @EdgarAwards, Instagram: @mysterywritersofamerica, Facebook: facebook.com/groups/mwanational
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