by various authors, edited by Mike Resnick
The second volume of mystery stories begun by Mike Resnick and solved by
various writers - editors this time. The stories therein:
Stanley Schmidt. Very well written, with a truly unexpected twist
solution (an original explanation of precognition).
"For Love of Juoun", Jane Yolen. Enjoyable, with a different slant on the subject than most of the other stories.
John Gregory Betancourt. A tight, traditional investigative story,
except the detective is a robot, one of the first. Ingenious and
"Bauble", David Gerrold. A 'bittersweet mood piece', just what was asked for, and well-crafted.
"Ashes To Ashes", Beth Meacham. Another intricate detective procedural. Good.
Lady Louisiana Toy", Barry N. Malzberg. Written in a flowing, hermetic
style, with a dreamy, detached tone, this story stands out from all the
others. I liked it, but couldn't quite understand it.
Influences", Kristine Kathryn Rusch. This story shared the same problem
as the one above; it too is dreamy and detached. I liked this one
"The Pragmatists Take a Bow", Thomas A. Easton. Good, but the ending left me unsatisfied.
Patrick Nielsen Hayden. Too rushed to be enjoyable and not all that
clever: The Manchurian Candidate in six pages.
"Dark Odds", Josepha Sherman. My favorite story because the hero, though clever, is never in control of the situation.
"Things Not Seen", Martha Soukup. Very clever, very intricate, and satisfactorily played out.
of the Soul", Susan Casper. Built in a necessarily contrived manner
around Resnick's odd problem, but good character interplay makes up for
"The Whole Truth", Susan Shwartz. Another story that adds a
little too much to the plot asked for, so it ends like the first chapter
of a serial rather than a story. Good otherwise.
Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett. A clever, appealing story about the
existence of UFOs and the detective hired to verify it.
"The Killer Wore Spandex", Brian M. Thomsen. Very enjoyable.
Ginjer Buchanan. Her name is spelled 'Ginjer' and her story is a
forced kind of zany surrealism that is neither funny nor informative nor
"Flight of Reason", Tappan King. A good story with a satisfactory ending.
Was Blonde, She Was Dead---And Only Jimmilich Opstromommo Could Find
Out Why!!!", Janet Kagan. Fun, doesn't take itself seriously, but
justifies the whole plot. Great.
"The Ugly Earthling Murder Case", George Alec Effinger. A standard procedural with a minor twist ending. Also enjoyable.