“This brilliant anthology of short stories by some of the most outstanding women now writing mysteries and crime fiction...is a truly glorious collection” — Globe and Mail New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has gathered nearly two dozen chilling, boldly original stories, each published for the very first time in this outstanding collection. In addition to tales from some of today's top stars—including Laura Lippman, Susan Wiggs, Marcia Muller, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard, and Elizabeth George herself—Two of the Deadliest showcases work from an impressive array of exceptional newcomers, as together they explore the dark depths women and men will sink to when driven by passion, avarice, and a lethal hunger for power.
George's all-original anthology showcases 18 stories by established women mystery writers and five by relative unknowns. While not every entry is a winner, the wide variety of styles and settings will please most mystery fans. Especially strong are Linda Barnes's "Catch Your Death," a classic tale of love gone wrong told by an appealing narrator, and Stephanie Bond's satisfyingly twisty "Bump in the Night." In "Gold Fever," Dana Stabenow fits quick characterizations, an exotic locale (Alaska) and a tidy plot into a few pages. Marcia Talley's tightly written "Can You Hear Me Now" is modest in ambition but who doesn't like to see a rude cellphone user get his comeuppance? Among the newcomers, Z. Kelley's "Anything Helps" is particularly notable for its charm. Other contributors include Carolyn Hart, Laura Lippman and S.J. Rozan.