I flat love the concept of fantasy detectives, merging elements of two genres into one. I write a lot of different forms of fantasy detectives, actually. So when the chance to curate this bundle came up, I jumped at the chance.
Fantasy comes in when fantastical elements enter the story, either in full-blown fantasy worlds, or in our world with simple impossible things happening.
And everything in between.
The detective in these wonderful books are characters who solve crimes in their fantasy worlds. Solving crimes, after all, is what detectives do.
By this mashing together of two different genres allows for some amazing and wonderfully creative novels and stories.
In this bundle, we have some of the best fantasy writers in the country bringing their best detective skills to their books to make for fantastic reading experiences.
For example, New York Times bestselling writer Kevin J. Anderson gives us not one, but two full novels in his wonderful and highly acclaimed Dan Shamble: Zombie Detective series. He bundled them together for us. If you haven't been reading the fun Dan Shamble zombie stories and novels, you are missing one of the wildest twists you can imagine on the two genres.
New York Times bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives us five stories with fairies, magic shops, and shape shifters solving problems in Five Fantastic Tales. This includes a wonderful crime/fantasy story called "The Poop Thief." I kid you not.
Then bestselling writer Robert Jeschonek offers a novel staring Gaia Charmer, a private detective with the power to control substances. Only Bob can take a wild idea like that and have Gaia set out to solve a murder and end up saving the world.
Then acclaimed new writer Stefon Mears gives us the first book of an exciting new series set in Portland, Oregon, where conjure man Heath Cyr must save the day in a book that fans of Harry Dresden will flat-out love.
Gary Jonas gives us a full novel in his acclaimed Jonathan Shade private investigator series. Don't worry, each book stands alone, but trust me, you read this one and you will want to find the rest. And there are ten others right now, with Gary working on another. A series worth binging on.
Chrissy Wissler is known for writing powerful, passionate short stories and novels for both adults and young adults and if you haven't been lucky enough to find her work before now, this is your chance. Searching for Sanctuary is a story of hope and redemption, love and magic, with all of them possible. And there is a nifty crime as well.
Oh, man, bestselling writer and editor, Leah Cutter is giving us a real treat with a book of short novels (novellas) in her Shrouded Veil Mystery series. Only as would be expected in this bundle, the detective solving the crimes in each short novel is a ghost in Seattle where ghosts are common and even have their own bus passes.
Next up we get two more novels in a bundle by two great writers, Erik Kort and Lee French. Books #1 and #2 of their hot Harbinger series. You will want Erik and Lee to keep the series going after you read these two books.
Then I talked WMG Publishing in letting the Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives volume be included because, as is clear from the name, it is right on topic and includes eleven stories, including stories from Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and me.
And I have included my short Poker Boy novel here, They're Back. Poker Boy is by far my bestselling series of stories and I have written upwards of sixty Poker Boy stories over the decades. He is a superhero in the poker world and has a very strange way of solving crimes.
So all-in-all, nine different novels, two short story collections and a series of short novels. All wonderful fantastic detective stories by top writers in this crazy mashed-up sub-genre.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did putting this together.
– Dean Wesley Smith
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