Anthologies: Down These Strange Streets (2011)
Sweet Silver Blues (1987)
Garrett is a private investigator and hero (read: survivor) of the Cantard wars. When a friend and fellow veteran turns up dead, Garrett is asked to investigate the primary recipient of his friends fortunes–a woman who may well be in the Cantard war zone, a place where no one–human, elf, or gnome–wants to go.
It was a fun read, but then I’m particularly fond of hard boiled mysteries, and fantasy pastiches of hard boiled mysteries are even better.
Published by ROC
Cold Copper Tears (1988)
Garrett isn’t looking to take any work. Unfortunately, a beautiful woman charms her way through Dean and asks Garrett to take her case. He doesn’t want the work, so passes it along to someone else, but soon someone else–a high church official is asking Garrett to take on a different case. He turns this one down as well, but someone–somewhere–doesn’t want him to get involved and so tries to put Garrett out of their misery.
A fun romp that mixes fantasy with hard boiled mystery, the Garrett P.I. series is fun–nothing amazing or earth shattering, but a nice change of pace.
I read this as an eBook.
Bitter Gold Hearts (1988)
The second book in the Garrett PI series finds Garrett at loose ends–and not particularly wanting to take another job, however, a beautiful fairy makes him an offer he really should–but won’t–refuse. To look into the kidnapping of the son of the local Stormwarden–and hopefully get things resolved before the Stormwarden returns to town.
As usual for Garrett, nothing is as it seems, and things only get more convoluted as the case continues.
As with the other two Garrett books I’ve read, a fun romp. Nothing out of the ordinary, but a very nice distraction.
Published by ROC
If you look at the list of authors above, you’ll immediately see why I read this series. There are some of my favorite authors here–many of whom write short stories I tend to love. And surprisingly, I loved most of these stories, especially a few by authors I haven’t particularly read before.
Death by Dahlia - Charlaine Harris
The Bleeding Shadow - Joe R. Lansdale
Hungry Heart - Simon R. Green
Styx and Stones - Steven Saylor
Pain and Suffering - S.M. Stirling
It’s Still the Same Old Story - Carrie Vaughn
The Lady Is a Screamer - Conn Iggulden
Hellbender- Laurie R. King
Shadow Thieves - Glen Cook
No Mystery, No Miracle - Melinda Snodgrass
The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery - M.L.N. Hanover
The Curious Affair of the Deodand - Lisa Tuttle
Lord John and the Plague of Zombies - Diana Gabaldon
Beware the Snake - John Maddox Roberts
In Red, With Pearls - Patricia Briggs
The Adakian Eagle - Bradley Denton
All in all, I found this to be a fabulous anthology, and I highly recommend almost all the stories I read–even the ones I didn’t love were, for the most part, interesting.
Published by Penguin