Interested in a new genre but not sure where to start? Feel like reading, but not a whole book? Want a homage to a theme or author? An anthology might be the best choice. Anthologies offer short stories about the same topic, place, theme, etc. This list is an example of the variety of anthologies.
Best American Short Stories 2014 edited by Jennifer Egan.
Future Wars and Other Punchlines edited by Hank Davis. (Humorous military science fiction.)
Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King.
Moscow Noir edited by Natalia Smirnova. (Part of Akashic’s anthology noir series set in different places around the world.)
Murder Most Feline: Cunning Tales of Cats and Crime edited by Ed Gorman, Martin H. Greenberg, and Larry Segriff.
Secretly Smitten: Love Changes Everything by Kristin Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter. (Part of a Christian Romance Anthology series set in a small town.)
Steampunk: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link.
Tales of the American West: The Best of the Spur Award-Winning Authors edited by Richard S. Wheeler.
Thicker Than Water: Coming-of-Age Stories by Irish and Irish American Authors edited by Gordon Snell.
If you find you like a certain editor then try seeing if they’ve edited other anthologies. Martin H. Greenberg is perhaps one example because he edited hundreds of anthologies.
March 1941: tension burns high as the U.S. draws closer to war. A navy secretary and an ensign face danger and love while investigating sabotage. What does their future hold?
Mary and Jim are endearing characters who bring out the best in each other. The division in the U.S. about going to war is compelling and a suspenseful setting for a mystery. Through Waters Deep offers Christian Romance, suspense, and historical fiction set during the 1940s.
Want more books like Through Waters Deep?
A newlywed couple’s future is threatened by the war and personal division in Shadows Over Stonewycke by Michael R. Phillips.
An artist and a British Army officer face separate battles during WWII as they try to survive to reunite in Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander.
A Navy translator and an officer’s romance blossoms after Pearl Harbor, but the war threatens their future in Whose Voice Over the Waters by Robert Vaughn.
Librarian Minnie and her cat Eddie’s bookmobile routine is disrupted when a friend is accused of murder. Calling upon her research skills, and assisted by Eddie, Minnie is determined to find the real killer. Can find she find the truth before the killer strikes again?
Minnie’s compassion, stubbornness, and resourcefulness make her likeable. Eddie is an endearing cat: cute, intelligent, and feline stubborn. Minnie’s intersting librarian job and her beautiful Michigan small town provide a cozy setting. The quirky characters, including her friend whose innocence is doubted, provide a fun mystery. Tailing a Tabby offers a cozy setting, a librarian sleuth, an adorable cat, and a fun mystery.
Want more books like Tailing a Tabby?
A librarian finds new feline friends and mystery in Curiosity Thrilled The Cat by Sofie Kelly.
A librarian and his Maine Coon seek to find the truth behind an old classmate’s murder in Murder Past Due by Miranda James.
When a library reception ends in murder a newly hired librarian is determined to find whodunnit and why in By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates.
Being a PI is just work because Boone Daniels lives to surf. Then a big case comes and threatens his life, his friends, and his morals. Can Boone ride this wave or will he be wiped out?
The Dawn Patrol has the escapist appeal of a PI TV series. Boone is a PI rebel with surfing added in. His ‘dawn patrol’ friends are likeable and the villains dirtbags. The San Diego setting is detailed, fun and gritty. The mystery has a twist- the murderer is known but why and other pieces are missing. Dawn Patrol offers a fun and gritty mystery in Southern California.
Want other books like Dawn Patrol?
Champion surfer turned PI Donald Tremaine might end up on the rocks trying to solve a beautiful woman’s case in Body Copy by Michael Craven.
Surfing PI Noah Braddock is dragged into a complicated case involving an ex-lover in Killer Swell by Jeff Shelby.
A young man encounters the dark side of Huntingdon Beach as he searches for his missing sister in Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn.