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The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

This page lists the annual crime fiction anthologies published by Carroll & Graf in The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories series between 1992 and 1998.

 

Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories

The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: First Annual Edition

Editor: The Staff Of Mystery Scene

Carroll & Graf

1992

The contents are:

  • Challenge The Widowmaker (Clark Howard)
  • Stakeout (Bill Pronzini)
  • Malibu Dog (Faye Keller Man)
  • Decoy (Michael Gilbert)
  • White Alligator (Andrew Vachss)
  • The Detective's Wife (Edward D. Hoch)
  • The Fish Sitter (Ruth Rendell)
  • Elvis Lives (Lynne Barrett)
  • Mother Tucker (James Kisner)
  • The Mandrake Forgeries (William Bankier)
  • The Nick Of Time (Robert Barnard)
  • Hanged For A Sheep (Henry Slesar)
  • Incident On And Off A Mountain Road (Joe R. Lansdale)
  • Batman's Helpers (Lawrence Block)
  • The Valuation (Peter Lovesey)
  • A Matter Of Principal (Max Allan Collins)
  • Final Resting Place (Marcia Muller)
  • The Maltese Cat (Sara Paretsky)
  • Another Room (Joan Hess)
  • Button In The Bag (Charlotte Macleod)
  • The Three Musketeers (Jeremiah Healy)
  • A Poison That Leaves No Trace (Sue Grafton)
  • Someone Else (John Lutz)
  • The Dead Past (Nancy Pickard)
  • A Time For Every Purpose (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Second Annual Edition

Editor: The Staff Of Mystery Scene

Carroll & Graf

1993

The contents are:

  • Introduction: The Mystery in 1992 (Jon L. Breen)
  • Someday I'll Plant More Walnut Trees (Lawrence Block)
  • The Winfield Trade (Jeremiah Healy)
  • Liar's Dice (Bill Pronzini)
  • Long Live the Queen (Ruth Rendell)
  • Lazy Susan (Nancy Pickard)
  • A Hotel in Bucharest (Robert Barnard)
  • The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown (Peter Lovesey)
  • Secrets (June Thomson)
  • Whatever Has To Be Done (Jan Grape)
  • Stop, Thief! (Barbara D'Amato)
  • While She Was Out (Edward Bryant)
  • True Faces (Pat Cadigan)
  • The Perplexing Puzzle of the Perfidious Pigeon Poisoner (Charlotte MacLeod)
  • Cat Got Your Tongue (Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins)
  • The Last to Know (Joan Hess)
  • The Man Who Loved Noir (Loren D. Estleman)
  • Johnny Halloween (Norman Partridge)
  • The Maltese Double Cross (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • Benny's Space (Marcia Muller)
  • Settled Score (Sara Paretsky)
  • The Theft of the Barking Dog (Edward D. Hoch)
  • A Predatory Woman (Sharyn McCrumb)
  • Wedding Bells (Michael Z. Lewin)
  • Proxime Accessit (Reginald Hill)
  • The Wind from Midnight (Ed Gorman)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Third Annual Edition

Editor: The Staff Of Mystery Scene

Carroll & Graf

1994

The contents are:

  • Slasher (F. Paul Wilson)
  • Keller's Therapy (Lawrence Block)
  • The Mouse In The Corner (Ruth Rendell)
  • That Bells May Ring And Whistles Safely Blow (Margaret Maron)
  • That Damn Cat (Barb Collins)
  • Parris Green (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • The Man In The Red Flannel Suit (Jan Grape)
  • Checkout (Susan Dunlap)
  • Goodbye, Sue Ellen (Gillian Roberts)
  • The Ghost Show (Doug Allyn)
  • Mcintyre's Donald (Joseph Hansen)
  • Some Sunny Day (Julian Rathbone)
  • The Wall (Marcia Muller)
  • History Repeats Itself, And It Doesn't Even Say Pardon (Mat Coward)
  • Strays (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
  • The Lesson (Billie Sue Mosiman)
  • Spin-A-Rama (Jeremiah Healy)
  • The Mood Cuckoo (Jonathan Gash)
  • The Ugly Earthling Murder Case (George Alec Effinger)
  • Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Mark Timlin)
  • A Vacance En Campagne (Tim Heald)
  • It Takes One To Know One (Robert Bloch)
  • Shade Work (Bill Pronzini)
  • First Lead Gasser (Tony Hillerman)
  • Enduring As Dust (Bruce Holland Rogers)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Fourth Annual Edition

Editor: The Staff Of Mystery Scene

Carroll & Graf

1995

The contents are:

  • Introduction : The Mystery In 1994 (Jon L. Breen)
  • The Gentleman In The Lake (Robert Barnard)
  • High Heels In The Headliner (Wendy Hornsby)
  • Coyote Peyote (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • The Lost Coast (Marcia Muller)
  • Sign Of The Times (Nancy Pickard)
  • Unkindest Cut (Lary Segriff)
  • A Deep Hole (Ian Rankin)
  • And She Laughed (Liz Holliday)
  • Last Of Kin (Jo Bannister)
  • One Of Those Days, One Of Those Nights (Ed Gorman)
  • Pork Pie Hat (Peter Straub)
  • Old Rattler (Sharyn Mccrumb)
  • Oil And Water (J.A. Jance)
  • No Simpel Solution (Jan Grape)
  • Nooses Give (Dana Stabenow)
  • His Father's Ghost (Max Allan Collins)
  • The Man Who Hated Television (Julian Symons)
  • With Anchovies (John Lutz)
  • The Ten Lives Of Talbert (Barbara Collins)
  • The Necessary Brother (Brendan Dubois)
  • The Tennis Court (Brenda Melton Burnham)
  • An Eye For A Tooth (Justin Scott)
  • The Dancing Bear (Doug Allyn)
  • Keller On Horseback (Lawrence Block)
  • Out Of The Depths (Bill Pronzini)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Fifth Annual Edition

Editor: The Staff Of Mystery Scene

Carroll & Graf

1996

The contents are:

  • Introduction : The Mystery In 1995 (Jon L. Breen)
  • She Rote (John Harvey)
  • Valentine's Night (Nancy Pickard)
  • The Matchmaker (Sharyn Mccrumb)
  • The Judge's Boy (Jean B. Cooper)
  • One Night At Dolores Park (Bill Pronzini)
  • When Your Breath Freezes (Kathleen Dougherty)
  • Principles Of Accounts (Ian Rankin)
  • Mommy (Max Allan Collins)
  • Beasts In Buildings, Turning 'Round (J.N. Williamson)
  • The Best Sort Of Husband (Susan B. Kelly)
  • An Act Of Violence (William F. Nolan)
  • The End Of It All (Ed Gorman)
  • The Hudson Chain (Edward D. Hoch)
  • The Holes In The System (Marcia Muller)
  • Double Take (L.J. Washburn)
  • Grace Notes (Sara Paretsky)
  • Keepsakes (Peter Crowther)
  • Dirty Dancing (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • Of Mice, Men And Two Women (Julian Rathbone)
  • The Silence Of Sorrow (Richard T. Chizmar)
  • All That Glitters (Joan Hess)
  • The Pushover (Peter Lovesey)
  • Keller In Shining Armor/ Lawrence Block)
  • Midnight Sun (Barbara Paul)
  • The Blackmailer (Anne Perry)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Sixth Annual Edition

Editor: Joan Hess, Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg

Carroll & Graf

1997

The contents are:

  • Introduction: The Mystery in 1996 (Jon L. Breen)
  • The Dark Snow (Brendan Du Bois)
  • The Escape (Anne Perry)
  • Clothes (Ruth Rendell)
  • The Cracks in the Sidewalk (Marcia Muller)
  • Dead Drunk (Lia Matera)
  • Running From Legs (Ed McBain)
  • The Cassoulet (Walter Satterthwait)
  • Toad Crossing (John Lutz and David August)
  • Wild Horses (Sam Pizzo)
  • The Last Word (Maude Miller)
  • My Murder (David Corn)
  • The Narrow House (Edward D. Hoch)
  • Married to a Murderer (Alan Russell)
  • The Perfect Murder Club (Reginald Hill)
  • Kiss the Sky (James Grady)
  • Intent to Kill (Monica Quill)
  • The Girl Who Talked to Horses (Robert J. Randisi)
  • Stalking Horse (Susan B. Kelly)
  • A Good Thing (Simon Brett)
  • Hoops (S.J. Rozan)
  • Real Life (Sarah Shankman)
  • A Rock and a Hard Place (Nancy Pickard)
  • The Burglar and the Whatsit (Donald E. Westlake)
  • Publicity Stunts (Sara Paretsky)
  • The Monster (Bill Pronzini)
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The Year's 25 Finest Crime & Mystery Stories: Seventh Annual Edition

Editor: Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg

Carroll & Graf

1998

The contents are:

  • Introduction : The Mystery In 1997 (Jon L. Breen)
  • The Kneeling Soldier (Jeffrey Deaver)
  • Speak No Evil (Nancy Pickard)
  • Solo (Marcia Muller)
  • Psychofemmes (Melissa Mia Hall)
  • Blood Brothers (Richard T. Chizmar)
  • Ways To Kill A Cat (Simon Brett)
  • The Horseshoe Nail (Bill Pronzini)
  • Bird Of Paradise (John Harvey)
  • A Front Row Seat (Jan Grape)
  • A Long And Happy Life (Deloris Stanton Forbes)
  • Nightcrawlers (John Lutz)
  • Remembrance (Carolyn G. Hart)
  • Tea For Two (M.D. Lake)
  • On The Psychiatrist's Couch (Reginald Hill)
  • The Easter Cat (Bill Crider)
  • Call Me Walt (Jerry Sykes)
  • Cold Turkey (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • Death Cup (Joyce Carol Oates)
  • Love Me For My Yellow Hair Alone : 32 Short Films About Marilyn Monroe (Carolyn Wheat)
  • The Clock That Counts The Dead (Edward Bryant)
  • Take It Away (Donald E. Westlake)
  • The Man Who Beat The System (Stuart Kaminsky)
  • Keller On The Spot (Lawrence Block)
  • The House On The Edge (D.A. Mcguire)
  • Crimson Shadow (Walter Mosley)
  • 1997 Bibliography And Necrology (Edward D. Hoch)
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