A woman reports a crime to the police, with unexpected results
The grieving widow who finds that she's about to lose more than just her husband
When a man attempts the perfect murder, it's not quite as easy as he thinks
Two men in prison play a deadly game of Scrabble
A young woman tries to trick an old man and gets more than she bargained for
Sometimes crimes are solved in ways you can't explain
A murderer about to be hanged finds that's not the worst thing that can happen
You never know who's going to turn up at your door
Dead Simple is a collection of short stories that have been written especially for this years Quick Reads program and features stories from an impressive line up of crime writers, Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh, James Oswald, Jane Casey, Angela Marsons, Harry Bingham, Antonia Hodgson and CL Taylor.
I'm not going to do a review of the individual stories themselves as being super short it is actually difficult to do so without spoiling it for readers but what I will say that it's testament to the talent of these fabulous writers that each story was able to pack a punch within so few pages to pull the reader in and even offer a surprise or two. My personal favourite was Clare Mackintosh's The Funeral closely followed by The Perfect Murder by Harry Bingham who is a new author to me as I've not read any of his books before.
Whether you're a profilic crime/thriller reader or someone who has never read a crime story before, I'm sure that this collection will appeal to readers old and new as there is something for everyone. I've often heard people say that they 'don't have time to read', well there's no excuse with this collection of stories as each one is less than 30 pages so the whole book can either be read in one sitting like I did, or simply enjoy reading one story at a time when you have a spare few minutes each day.
Do yourself a favour take some time out for yourself, put your feet up and enjoy this fabulous selection by some of the best crime writers around.