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For 2014, Oxfam and Profile have turned to crime in order to raise a further £200,000 for Oxfam's work. OxCrimes is introduced by Ian Rankin and has been curated by Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, where it will be launched in May. The stellar cast of contributors will include Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, AdFor 2014, Oxfam and Profile have turned to crime in order to raise a further £200,000 for Oxfam's work. OxCrimes is introduced by Ian Rankin and has been curated by Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival, where it will be launched in May. The stellar cast of contributors will include Mark Billingham, Alexander McCall Smith, Anthony Horowitz, Val McDermid, Peter James, Adrian McKinty, Denise Mina, Louise Welsh and a host of other compelling suspects./p>Profile have raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for Oxfam by publishing OxTales (2009)and OxTravels (9781846684968) (2011)....

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OxCrimes: 27 Killer Stories from the Cream of Crimewriters Reviews

  • Karen
    2019-05-01 07:41

    OXCRIMES, from Profile books is a fundraising book of short crime stories with contributions from a strong group of authors - some of whom will be favourites, many of whom will be new to readers.Said it before, will say it again, the best thing about short story collections is a chance to find "new to you" authors. In this collection the option of comparing them, up close, with more favourite writers is a bonus. Particularly as the list of contributors is so stellar, and the standard of the stories here really high.For my money, I've had Stuart Neville on the "long list" for ages now, but have promoted him to "the ridiculously long List of Books that I have to read before I die", along with Anne Zouroudi. I've also bumped Mark Billingham, Denise Mina, Fred Vargas, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and John Harvey up on "the List" on the basis that I'm behind with their books. On the other hand, Adrian McKinty and Louise Welsh are on the top of "the List" as soon as there is a sniff of a new book (I've got a new one from McKinty here at the moment and I'm starting to develop a twitch whilst I do some "must be read" reading first). I'm also really pleased to see something from Stella Duffy - been a while.But that's not to dismiss any of the other stories in OXCRIMES, and there's guaranteed to be something here for everyone. And it's for a good cause to boot.

  • Beth
    2019-04-23 05:17

    All for a good cause – 3*I really, really wanted to finish this because it’s driving me nuts that it’s been on my Goodreads for two months at the top and I’ve barely made any progress. Well, that’s because of assignments and prioritising Destiel fanfic over actual books. After this collection, I don’t really blame myself: ‘from the cream of crime writers’. Some of the ‘cream’ must have went off because some of these stories were crap and disappointing – they could have at least put some more effort in. Some of these stories were insanely good and it’s so frustrating that I had to weed through crap to get to the ‘killer stories’. The rating does not reflect the individual stories. When I was tracking my progress, I wrote down a little note on each story – these form the reviews below. They are ranked in order:1.Peter Robinson – People Just Don’t Listen – 5* - THAT IS HOW YOU DO IT! I read this one after a bad spell of continuous shit stories. This one short story restored my faith in this whole collection (and genre). I’ve always wanted to read Robinson; he’s the author of DCI Banks. That was so clever and written in 1 ½ pages. 2.Louise Welsh – Reflections in Unna – 4.5*: what the actual hell? She’s so clever. I’m going to research her.3.Walter Mosley – The Sin of Dreams – 4.5*: so, so good. I loved the futuristic vibe and it made me question my morality; those are the best stories.4.Stuart Neville – Juror 8 – 4.5*: rewriting this review for the complete review and I still remember the impact this short story had on me. This story had great potential for a whole book.5.Ann Cleves – The Spinster – 4.5*: I’ve always wanted to read her. I like the Perez link; I’ve watched the BBC series. It was very clever and I really enjoyed the perspective. 6.Anthony Horowitz – Caught Short – 4*: the whole reason I started this book. I’m so happy this section is signed. The story is hilarious. 7.Martin Waites – Diagnosis: Murder – 4*- that was actually funny and smart. People just want an excuse… 8.Anne Zourdini – The Honey Trap – 4*: clever. Very clever.9.Christopher Fowler- The Caterpillar Flag – 4*: a beautiful reality. 10.Neil Gaiman – The Case of Death and Honey – 3.5*: a very decent attempt at a Holmes adaptation. I’ve read worse. I have unrealistic expectations (as he’s my favourite literary character) and I need all of his stories to be perfect. Mycroft was funny and Johnlock was strong but I did miss John’s perspective and views of Holmes. The ending has messed me up a lot.11.Maxim Jakubowski – My Life as a Killer – 3*: this actually made me laugh.12.George Pelecanos – The Dead Their Eyes Implore Us – 3*: new and refreshing style to crime.13.Mark Billingham – Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night – 2.5*: I usually hate this guy but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not getting higher than 2.5*. The plot was way too obvious but it was nice for Christmas. Well nice for a murder…14.Val McDermit – I’ve Seen That Movie – 2.5*: that was just odd.15.Fred Vargas – Five Francs Each – 2.5*: a waste of my time.16. Yrsa Sigurdardottir – Black Sky – 2*: I surprisingly sort of liked that. Bit disappointed with the potential of space.17.Alexander McCall Smith – Trouble at the Institute for the Study of Forgiveness – 2*: ha, yeah, I get it. It was really disappointing but its McCall Smith so what do you expect really? Apart from uneventful and boring shenanigans. 18.John Connelly – The Children of Dr Lyall –2*: yeah it’s a ‘no’ from me.19.Peter James – You’ll Never Forget My Face – 2*: the definition of ‘odd’. So strange!20.Phil Rickman – The House of Susan Lullham – 2*: that was supposed to be supernatural but to me, it was just boring…21.Simon Lewis – Buy and Bust - 2*: a disappointing police procedural. I’ll be staying away from this author.22.Stella Duffy – Face Value – 2*: what even was that?23.John Harvey – Not Tommy Johnson – 2* - what even was that? Yes, it was a crime but I definitely wouldn’t say it was exciting, never mind warrant a short story in a collection.24.Denise Mina – The Calm Before – 1*: the only word to describe this was ‘meh’.25.James Sallis – Venice is Sinking into the Sea – 1*: the plot was limited and obvious. Why did I waste my time reading this/26.Adrian McKinty – The Ladder – 1*: all over a fucking game of squash. The main character was a pretentious arsehole and I just can’t deal with this story at al.27.Ian Rankin – An Afternoon – 1*: I think I’m more pissed that he used something from 1983 and didn’t actually write something new for such a good cause. I'm going to pleasure read throughout December because I need to relax and be ready for placement. I also have loads of uni work to do but I don't want to burn out over the Christmas holidays. I will try to relax.Anyway, despite some of the dreadful reads, I love that I bought this book because I helped support a project by Oxfam and even though some of it was crap, it was all worth it for the ‘thank you for your support’. Buy this book and even if you just flick to the good ones. Buy it because you’ll be helping a great cause and surely that makes it all worth it?

  • Kaila
    2019-05-15 01:34

    Overall, I wasn't very impressed with OxCrimes. But, the best thing about short story collections is the chance to find new authors, and OxCrimes certainly gave me that opportunity. Despite the fact that I found many of the stories to be boring, there were a few high quality stories which stood head and shoulders above the others, and so while I definitely did not enjoy this collection as a whole, I'm glad to have a few new authors to check out.In order as they were given, ranging from pretty good to awesome:Five Francs Each by Fred Vargas Juror 8 by Stuart NevilleThe Caterpillar Flag by Christopher FowlerReflections in Unna y Louise WelshThe Honey Trap by Anne ZouroudiThe Spinster by Ann CleevesTrouble at the Institute for the Study of Forgiveness by Alexander McCall Smith*Underneath the Mistletoe Last Night by Mark BillinghamBlack Sky by Yrsa Sigurdardottir There are a couple of others that people might also enjoy, such as The Sin of Dreams (Walter Mosley), so this isn't a bad collection to check out if you're trying to find new authors. *I was surprised to quite like this one as I haven't particularly liked much else by this author. More light-hearted than many of the others, but good.

  • MargCal
    2019-04-25 02:42

    Finished reading … OxCrimes / … 26 May 2017ISBN: 9781781250648OxCrimes is a collection of 27 short stories published as a fundraiser for Oxfam. As with any collection, you're not going to like everything in it. Specific to this collection, different people like different things in their crimes and their crime writers. That said, I enjoyed the collection overall and am pleased to recommend it, especially given the “worthy cause” but worth it for its own sake too.

  • Anna Lord
    2019-04-26 01:17

    Some great names here. Many I had never read; a few I had never heard of; some I didn't care for... and then BANG! I read several stories twice they were soooo good. Horowitz (ho-hum) had me in stitches. LOL, as they say. Wide variety of plots, settings, writing styles says it all. Worth a go for sure... and all for charity. Even better.

  • Leah
    2019-05-16 08:20

    A high quality collection...You only have to look at the cover of this book to see some of the huge names who have contributed stories to this anthology in aid of Oxfam. In total, there are twenty-seven stories, most of them original, and the overall quality is exceptionally high. There are a few that are really quite short, but most of them are pretty substantial and a few of them star the detective for whom the author is famous. As well as straightforward crime/detection, there are examples of both horror and sci-fi with a crime element, and black humour puts in more than one appearance.In any anthology some stories are going to be stronger, or more to the reader’s taste, than others. There were only a couple of stories that I really didn’t enjoy, for my usual reasons – excessive and gratuitous language/violence etc – but the majority rated at 4 or 5 stars for me. So many of them were good that it’s hard to single any out, but some of the standouts for me were…Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s Black Sky – We know Sigurdardottir can write crime and horror, but in this chilling story she shows that she can also write proper science-based sci-fi. A disturbingly possible scenario built on the idea that humanity has found a way to mine the moon for precious minerals. But what happens when a cry for help is heard coming from an abandoned base…?Stuart Neville’s Juror 8 spins the story of Twelve Angry Men, showing not just what happens after the trial but also putting a different twist on the events inside the juryroom. Dark and imaginative, and told from the perspective of Emmet McArdle, the old man who was the first to give support to Juror 8.Anne Zouroudi’s The Honey Trap tells the story of a long-ago child disappearance and how the truth is brought to light. Zouroudi builds great atmosphere in this story and her descriptive writing brings the Greek setting to life.I could pick any of a dozen more, from a decent Sherlock Holmes pastiche by Neil Gaiman to a blackly funny and yet quite moving story from Mark Billingham in which Santa is murdered. Peter James gives us truly spooky horror in a tale of hags, curses and haunted figurines, while Anthony Horowitz makes us laugh and shudder in a deliciously horrible and blackly humorous story of cosmic justice. We have black widows, overly competitive squash players, migrated souls, stolen paintings…To be honest, you’d need to be pretty much impossible to please if you didn’t enjoy at least some of these stories. Imaginative stories and great writing from top authors - the fact that it’s for a good cause is just an added bonus. Highly

  • Tom
    2019-04-21 02:36

    Been dipping into this for months - it's good to have on your phone when there's a few minutes to kill (or maim, rob, or hatch evil plots against)Mixed results, naturally. Only one or two stories were truly unpleasant. Many didn't linger long in my memory. Sometimes the perpetrator is more or less caught in the act; other times there's a kind of tension from knowing the story's in a crime collection and wondering when the crime's going to come along.Most memorable for me were Anthony Horowitz's ad-man having a very bad day in Caught Short, the atmospheric The Caterpillar Flag, Juror 8's vengeance running beyond control and Mark Billingham's worst-ever Christmas story, beginning with a ho-ho-homicide and suffering from a distinct lack of peace and goodwill.

  • Kirsty
    2019-04-22 05:14

    I purchased Ox Crimes whilst seeking out my Scorching Summer Reads pile because it sounded wonderful. I love the idea behind it; twenty seven crime writers donating a story apiece to Oxfam. As with the majority of anthologies, there were a few stories which didn't really interest me - the more hardboiled detective ones in this case - but on a high note, I have also (finally) discovered Stella Duffy.I very much enjoyed how quirky a lot of these stories were; there were unusual elements to them for the most part, and not one could be termed run-of-the-mill. A mixed bag of crime stories, let's face it, but literature for a good cause is always worth buying.

  • Alastair Hudson
    2019-04-21 02:32

    I don't often go for the Crime genre so almost all the authors here were new to me.This collection was a pleasant surprise; though there were some writers here that were appalling.The stand out for me was Neil Gaiman's Sherlock Tale. I've always loathed Gaiman's writing on the basis of the Sandman graphic novels (awful). But I take it all back; his short piece was brilliant and a fitting addition to the world of Sherlock. Other than that; the other authors I knew disappointed and some I didn't know were great. As an introduction to contemporary crime fiction I imagine this is pretty good and it made for fine bath time reading. Four stars thanks to Gaiman's tale.

  • Tracey Acum
    2019-05-14 03:20

    A good mix of different takes on the crime genre. Sometimes frustrating that so short, but intriguing. Those by authors I know and already love were not disappointing in most cases. Favourites were by Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham, Maxim Jakubowski, Anne Zouroudi, Stuart Neville, Alexander McCall Smith, Fred Vargas and Martyn Waites. I was disappointed by the one by Anthony Horowitz. Some stories were unsettling and dissatisfying. Enjoyed this because it was something different, short stories to dip into.

  • Louise Cadman
    2019-05-15 07:33

    This book is really great and showcases all of the best crime writers in one book. The short stories vary in length and vary greatly in subject matter, but there isn't one story I didn't like. Out of 27 stories, to like every one is quite an achievement. I would greatly recommend this book, and the fact that a small percentage is donated to charity, just by buying and reading a great book, makes it so much easier to choose to buy this book.

  • Laura Turner
    2019-04-30 02:43

    Absolutely loved this collection of short crime stories, what a collection!! Great for a quick read if you've only got five minutes spare or if like me you enjoy sitting for an hour or so, quite a few can be read and enjoyed.Val McDermid, Peter James, Mark Billingham and Alexander McCall Smith are the storytellers that stood out for me.An amazing book and as it's all for a great cause, even better to know that for reading it you're making a difference.

  • Helen
    2019-04-26 07:43

    Sold to benefit Oxfam and containing 27 stories from some of the best crime writers.My favourites were Caught Short (Anthony Horowitz)and Juror 8 (Stuart Neville). I also enjoyed The Case of Death and Honey (Neil Gaiman)although I read it somewhere before, as I did the Caterpillar Flag(Chris Fowler). There aren't any bad stories but You'll Never Forget My Face wasn't quite up to the rest, I thought, and The Caterpillar Flag was a bit weak for Chris Fowler.

  • Ian Brydon
    2019-05-09 03:18

    This book of short stories was compiled for a very good cause and included contributions from some excellent authors but it principally served to remind me why I so rarely read short stories. There were a couple of excellent examples, including Neil Gaiman's story about an aging Sherlock Holmes lerning bee-keeping lore in the foothills of Tibet and Anthony Horowitz's cautionary tale about the perils of superloos, but most of the rest were merely serviceable.

  • Dave
    2019-05-09 04:16

    A very good short story collection.Written by some excellent authors, the stories are generally of a high standard with clever plot lines.Of course I liked some more than others, but as we are all different, to single any out would be wrong especially as the collection is raising money for a good cause.Well worth reading.

  • Byju.V
    2019-05-19 07:26

    This book is a collection of twenty seven crime stories by faous as well as not-so-famous writers. Do not expect the classical crime narrative here. Most of the stories deal with crime from the point of view of the perpetrator or the victim with minimum police inervention! You will like it. There is a foreword by ian Rankine.

  • Gabi Coatsworth
    2019-05-08 06:15

    The reason this took me so long to finish was because I read the short stories in between other books. A satisfying variety of excellent authors, although I think the quality was a bit variable. I expect that's unavoidable in a themed collection like this one. The proceeds went to support Oxfam, so I have no regrets about buying a copy (in London).

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-16 03:21

    Not usually a fan of short stories as they are over so quickly, but I enjoyed this selection of 27 crime stories from familiar authors. Some were very short indeed, but on to the next and next.A line in Ian Rankin's Introduction reminds me why I read crime: "why do we humans beings continue to do bad things to each other?".

  • Jocelyn
    2019-05-09 04:28

    Some good stories, but a lot that didn't appeal. A collection of hit-and-miss short stories didn't work as well on an e-reader as I expected. Too hard to go back to the contents; contents page didn't list authors, just titles; too hard to skim when the current story isn't working

  • Caroline
    2019-04-25 03:26

    This is a great collection of short crime fiction. There are many authors included whose longer works I have not yet read, many more I had never heard of before, and of course my two favourites, John Connolly and Mark Billingham also contributed. A great read, compiled for a great cause.

  • Melusine Parry
    2019-05-02 06:40

    Really mixed bag, on average pretty bad, with some stories vaguely more fun or interesting than others (Anthony Horowitz, Alexander McCall Smith manage to stand out by taking themselves less seriously). It's for charity, so I don't really mind, but most of the stories are pretty terrible.

  • Jen
    2019-05-17 01:23

    A solid collection of interesting short stories. Some I'd read before in other collections, and some caused me to roll my eyes a little - but overall a great crimey way to pass the time. Helping Oxfam - bonus!

  • Linda
    2019-05-02 01:13

    I really enjoyed every story in this collection, and as always have read many new to me authors. Perhaps my favourite in this collection was Anthony Horowitz "Caught Short". I have not read any of his adult writing and this certainly was worth it...its very dark humour indeed.

  • Scott
    2019-04-29 01:27

    Top-calibre collection of short crime-thriller stories which serve as both a great introduction to any authors who may be new to you, as well as further enjoyment of authors you may have previously read.

  • Karen
    2019-04-23 06:16

    Collections of short stories by different authors can be a bit of a mixed bag, but I enjoyed almost all of these.

  • Keira
    2019-05-01 04:22

    A good mix of come and thriller stories. Not all of them are my kind of story but each of then offered me a different insight into humanity.

  • Betheliza
    2019-05-19 06:24

    A good read, with a few misses.

  • Ellen
    2019-05-20 05:22

    An excellent sampler of some of today's best British and Irish crime writers.

  • Julian King
    2019-05-06 04:32

    Proportion of good:bad very high, I thought. Predominantly British in setting, a few humorous, some very short, none over-long. Only one unreadable. Good value.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-14 07:16

    Some good and some very ordinary short stories. My favourite was alexander McCall smith's.