The Perfect Crime: 22 Crime Stories from Diverse Cultures Around the World

HarperCollins. Sept. 2022. 448p. ed. by Vaseem Khan & Maxim Jakubowski. ISBN 9780008462321. $28.99. M
Stories from 22 BIPOC authors, including established writers and up-and-coming novelists, are included in this collection loosely connected by crime themes. Anthology editor Khan’s “Death in Darjeeling” features India’s first female police detective in a 1950s Bombay–set traditional mystery. In Sulari Gentill’s “A Murder of Brides,” a traveling photographer’s pictures are evidence in a murder investigation in Australia. Felicia Yap’s “Gnome Man’s Land” adds humor to the collection, as a commandant at a military academy desperately searches for 277 gnomes before a royal visit. The anthology also includes stories by Oyinkan Braithwaite, S. A. Cosby, Rachel Howzell Hall, Thomas King, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Walter Mosley, Abir Mukherjee, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden.
VERDICT This excellent collection is recommended for most public libraries where anthologies are popular.
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