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A chilling anthology of crime fiction by 19 acclaimed authors of color. From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today's finest young voices. Edited by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Vandiver, this anthology will keep you on the edge of your A chilling anthology of crime fiction by 19 acclaimed authors of color. From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today's finest young voices. Edited by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Vandiver, this anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat. Welcome to Midnight Hour... Jennifer Chow: Midnight Escapade After years of silence, two women decide to meet up in a unique escape room but get trapped in a deadly game from which there may be no escape. Tracy Clark: Lucky Thirteen A gun. A last meal. And only one survivor. Sometimes the stars align--but only for the lucky one--as predator and prey come face-to-face one fateful New Year's Eve. H. C. Chan: Murderer's Feast Techpreneur John Manley left a trail of duped investors and damaged women in his wake. What happens when two hundred of his closest enemies gather for a five-day gourmet retreat? Christopher Chambers: In the Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson It's almost midnight, it's snowing, and a bored call center worker catches a customer inquiry that smells of murder. Is he a knight rescuing the intended victim or someone else's pawn? Plus, stories by Ritchie Narvaez, Frankie Bailey, E. A. Aymar, Faye Snowden, Tina Kashian, and many more.


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A chilling anthology of crime fiction by 19 acclaimed authors of color. From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today's finest young voices. Edited by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Vandiver, this anthology will keep you on the edge of your A chilling anthology of crime fiction by 19 acclaimed authors of color. From a simple robbery gone horribly wrong to a grisly murder in a secret love dungeon, this stellar collection of crime fiction short stories showcases some of today's finest young voices. Edited by Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Vandiver, this anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat. Welcome to Midnight Hour... Jennifer Chow: Midnight Escapade After years of silence, two women decide to meet up in a unique escape room but get trapped in a deadly game from which there may be no escape. Tracy Clark: Lucky Thirteen A gun. A last meal. And only one survivor. Sometimes the stars align--but only for the lucky one--as predator and prey come face-to-face one fateful New Year's Eve. H. C. Chan: Murderer's Feast Techpreneur John Manley left a trail of duped investors and damaged women in his wake. What happens when two hundred of his closest enemies gather for a five-day gourmet retreat? Christopher Chambers: In the Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson It's almost midnight, it's snowing, and a bored call center worker catches a customer inquiry that smells of murder. Is he a knight rescuing the intended victim or someone else's pawn? Plus, stories by Ritchie Narvaez, Frankie Bailey, E. A. Aymar, Faye Snowden, Tina Kashian, and many more.

30 review for Midnight Hour: A chilling anthology of crime fiction from 20 acclaimed authors of color

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Prolific author Abby L Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) leads this compilation of short stories by twenty authors of colour. Having not had previous experience of any of the authors, there is a mixture of stories including murder, mystery, horror and thriller genres. It would be highly unlikely not to find a favourite given the level of tension and darkness of the stories. So, if you like variety and a gripping diversity of tales, this is a must-read three-and-a-half-star rating. With thanks to Croo Prolific author Abby L Vandiver (aka Abby Collette) leads this compilation of short stories by twenty authors of colour. Having not had previous experience of any of the authors, there is a mixture of stories including murder, mystery, horror and thriller genres. It would be highly unlikely not to find a favourite given the level of tension and darkness of the stories. So, if you like variety and a gripping diversity of tales, this is a must-read three-and-a-half-star rating. With thanks to Crooked Lane Books and the author, for an uncorrected advanced review copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and are made without fear or favour.

  2. 4 out of 5

    mesal

    *3.75 stars Midnight Hour is a grisly collection of short stories, all tied together by the common theme of crimes committed during the hour after midnight. There are twenty stories in total; I enjoyed some far more than others, so I decided to rate them all separately and use my average rating as the final result. The second half of the anthology definitely had more content that appealed to me than the first, and engrossed me in reading until I suddenly found myself staring at the Author Biograph *3.75 stars Midnight Hour is a grisly collection of short stories, all tied together by the common theme of crimes committed during the hour after midnight. There are twenty stories in total; I enjoyed some far more than others, so I decided to rate them all separately and use my average rating as the final result. The second half of the anthology definitely had more content that appealed to me than the first, and engrossed me in reading until I suddenly found myself staring at the Author Biography page. From fake séances gone wrong to suspicious life insurance company policyholders, from cybercrime to homicide: this collection has a story for everyone, and I was not an exception. It was really fascinating to see how a number of different authors were given a genre and a theme, and ended up writing such vastly different stories. With characters and settings from all around the world, and crimes to match every personality, I can say with certainty that I had a good time reading. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free eARC of this anthology in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kucharski

    Midnight Hour is a fun crime fiction anthology where each entry spotlights a dastardly deed that occurs around the witching hour. Like most anthologies, this one is a mixed bag of both tricks and treats. Fortunately, the haul presented within mostly contained full-sized Almond Joy and the three-pack Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yes, there were a few sour apple Jolly Ranchers along with the occasional single stick of gum. And JuicyFruit at that. C’mon… who only gives out single sticks of gum at Ha Midnight Hour is a fun crime fiction anthology where each entry spotlights a dastardly deed that occurs around the witching hour. Like most anthologies, this one is a mixed bag of both tricks and treats. Fortunately, the haul presented within mostly contained full-sized Almond Joy and the three-pack Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Yes, there were a few sour apple Jolly Ranchers along with the occasional single stick of gum. And JuicyFruit at that. C’mon… who only gives out single sticks of gum at Halloween? Hey, everyone’s taste in fiction runs as varied as the colors of M&Ms. Some stick with the classic milk chocolate. Others dig the peanuts. Members of Van Halen only jammed to the green ones. As assorted as these records are in this anthology, there certainly has to be someone who enjoyed the account about the conflict in the stationary store. Or the one written in second person. You know, the one you thought was a joke when you were reading it. Before you skipped to the next chapter. Right. Stories within Midnight Hour are mostly the standard setup-jump-twist format. A number conclude too soon - or too conveniently, which is always the bane of short stories. A few go too deep with characters, and names, and specifics that weigh down what should be tidy. And then there are those that truly stand out. The sparkle within a cluster of shadows. Tracy Clark’s Lucky Thirteen, about an suspecting serial killer and his unsuspecting guest. Skin by David Heska Wanbli Weiden that tells of a quest of Native Americans trying to right a long-dead wrong. There are tales of vengeance. With women playing the antagonist; posing as the punisher. Perhaps even a redeemer. Jennifer Chow’s Midnight Escapade features revenge birthed from that most awful period in everyone’s lives: high school. There are tales of murder, justified or not, in The Bridge by Abby Vandiver and Callie Browning’s Dead Men Tell No Tales. VM Burns brings a touch of action in The Vermeer Conspiracy where an art detective rounds up stolen pieces. Dark humor is subtlety breached In The Matter Of Mabel And Bobby Jefferson; a story by Christopher Chambers uniquely set in that most fearful of environments: help desk support. The grand scheme behind Abby Vandiver’s Midnight Hour was a gathering of fiction writers of color. One would think by 2021 such a distinction would not be important. That writers are writers and their work should be held in high regard no matter color, creed, or gender. But this being 2021, such a collection is absolutely important. And necessary. I am glad this was compiled and I enjoyed the stories within. One final mention. Cape May Murders, by Tina Kashian, is a paint-by-numbers murder mystery that takes place in a Victorian B-and-B down in the famous South Jersey shore resort. As I type this review, I am sitting on a long-backed rocker out on a wooden deck. The sun is hitting my face. The sound of the waves is not far away; nor is the light smell of salt. And I look out onto the narrow road of Perry Street. That leads directly to the beach. In beautiful Cape May. For more stories within - and reviews of stories, and maybe even some good times in Cape May - check out Read @ Joe's.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Midnight Hour is a collection of twenty short mystery and suspense stories by authors of color. All of the stories have something to do with Midnight. Of course in an anthology like this, there will always be stories I like better than others. However, overall I found this to be an entertaining collection. Two standouts for me were The Cape May Murders by Tina Kashian, a cute cozy murder mystery, and Gigi Pandian's The Diamond Vanishes, about a seance gone wrong. I also enjoyed the humor in Eliz Midnight Hour is a collection of twenty short mystery and suspense stories by authors of color. All of the stories have something to do with Midnight. Of course in an anthology like this, there will always be stories I like better than others. However, overall I found this to be an entertaining collection. Two standouts for me were The Cape May Murders by Tina Kashian, a cute cozy murder mystery, and Gigi Pandian's The Diamond Vanishes, about a seance gone wrong. I also enjoyed the humor in Elizabeth Wilkerson’s story about a yearly planner and the clever way in which E.A. Aymar told a melancholy story. Other favorites included a couple in which I found myself rooting for the villains, such as an elderly serial killer in Tracy Clark’s story, a female police detective on the take in a story by Delia C. Pitts, as well as the V.M. Burnts tale about an art thief. It's all relative and in these stories, the characters who could be considered villains aren't necessarily in the wrong. I was already familiar with a couple of the authors who contributed to this collection, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to be introduced to some new authors through their short stories. Fans of mysteries and short stories should find several stories to their liking in this diverse collection. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Crooked Lane Books. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Midnight Hour Earns 5/5 Leave-the-Lights-On Entertainment! Let’s Do It…Together! From holiday-themed or clever detectives to romantic highlanders or thrilling mysteries, anthologies are my favorite way to enjoy authors I already read often while at the same time being introduced to work from authors I have yet to experience. Abby L. Vandiver, author of two of my favorite series Logan Dickerson and Romaine Wilder, gathered together twenty authors from Crime Writers of Color challenging them to put Midnight Hour Earns 5/5 Leave-the-Lights-On Entertainment! Let’s Do It…Together! From holiday-themed or clever detectives to romantic highlanders or thrilling mysteries, anthologies are my favorite way to enjoy authors I already read often while at the same time being introduced to work from authors I have yet to experience. Abby L. Vandiver, author of two of my favorite series Logan Dickerson and Romaine Wilder, gathered together twenty authors from Crime Writers of Color challenging them to put their best “pen” forward and create a “chilling crime” short perfect for the dark, “midnight hour.” Each short tale included is set near the midnight hour offering an entertaining, sometimes chilling, drama. Revenge, greed, power, self-defense, or in some cases, defense of others has spurred on the characters’ motives, and with midnight providing the perfect cover, Karma can often be found waiting in the shadows. The authors have varied takes on crime fiction: some center around a female lead, others male; some are urban, others on a country road, some in the States, others far away, some planned mayhem, others crimes of opportunity, and some nail-biting tension, others tear-jerking reactions. Each author possesses an entertaining style with descriptive language illustrating the environment and mood and dialogue providing quick insight into diverse personalities. The book was excellent, entertaining drama and perspectives, moving well between each compelling tale, and keeping me engaged and… sleeping with the lights on. Disclosure: I received an ARC from Crooked Lane Books thru NetGalley. My review is voluntary with honest insights and comments.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Wilson

    I had the privilege of reading Midnight Hour ahead of its release thanks to its publishers giving me early access via Net Galley. Midnight Hour will be released on November 9th, 2021. Midnight Hour is an anthology of crime-based short stories written by authors of color. I thoroughly enjoyed each short story included in this book. It was incredible to be able to read stories from authors with such varied backgrounds and life experiences. I highly recommend this anthology to all!

  7. 5 out of 5

    girlmeetsbooks_

    Midnight Hour is an anthology of crime stories authored by people of color. This anthology was right on time for the Halloween season. What impressed me the most was that because the authorship was so diverse, it bled into the storyline and characters. The crime stories incorporated different cultures and backgrounds that added so much depth to the stories. There wasn't a lot of wow factors, but the stories were engaging and at times suspenseful. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be The Br Midnight Hour is an anthology of crime stories authored by people of color. This anthology was right on time for the Halloween season. What impressed me the most was that because the authorship was so diverse, it bled into the storyline and characters. The crime stories incorporated different cultures and backgrounds that added so much depth to the stories. There wasn't a lot of wow factors, but the stories were engaging and at times suspenseful. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be The Bridge by Abby L. Vandiver. Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this eARC in exchange for my review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I really, really enjoyed this collection of stories- from noir to horror. There were a few stories that were maybe closer to 4 stars, but I can honestly say that this is the best anthology I've read in quite awhile, and I think it's going to make my top 10 or 15 list of 2021. While I was familiar with some of the authors already, I'm excited for a few new to me authors too. I really, really enjoyed this collection of stories- from noir to horror. There were a few stories that were maybe closer to 4 stars, but I can honestly say that this is the best anthology I've read in quite awhile, and I think it's going to make my top 10 or 15 list of 2021. While I was familiar with some of the authors already, I'm excited for a few new to me authors too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    3.5 stars. Some were better than others but overall a big fan of the concept

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vera

    I have given this anthology a 3-star rating, because it is the average of all of the stories I have read. This is definitely not a bad score and I would recommend this book to anyone. I rate stories based on a feeling, so this is a very personal opinion. I took short notes on my thoughts while reading the stories. They are as followed: Story 1 'Lucky 13': At the 4.6% mark it says "I'm apologize", I am not sure if this has been corrected yet, but should be corrected before publication. Great plottw I have given this anthology a 3-star rating, because it is the average of all of the stories I have read. This is definitely not a bad score and I would recommend this book to anyone. I rate stories based on a feeling, so this is a very personal opinion. I took short notes on my thoughts while reading the stories. They are as followed: Story 1 'Lucky 13': At the 4.6% mark it says "I'm apologize", I am not sure if this has been corrected yet, but should be corrected before publication. Great plottwist, but ending was a little anti-climactic for me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Story 2 'Skin' Moraly gray main character. Love. Nice happy ending, but not very thrilling. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Story 3 'the bridge' Nice plottwist / ending. Not neatly wrapped and tied with a bow. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars Story 4 'Dead Man Tell No Tales' An expected outcome. It felt a little rushed, but I liked the writing style very much. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 5 'Doc's At Midnight' I am so confused. Too many jumps in time-line for a short story. ⭐⭐ 2 stars Story 6 'Nighthawks' Constantly wondering: what happens next? But there is also a casualty about it. It gives me a full length story feel. Dialogue is a bit awkward. At 31.2% it says 'or' instead of 'for'. Again please check if this is corrected. There was a little too much explaining at the end. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 7 'The search for Eric Garcia' Read this in 1 breath. Fun idea with the choices all ending with the same result. Ending was shocking. But this is one of the few stories that actually stuck with me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars Story 8 'The Vermeer Conspiracy' I literally wrote down: 'Yeah! Dutch history' :) I liked the story, not much to comment on. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Story 9 'Midnight Confidential' Cleverly written. It took me a couple of pages to get into it. But I ended up liking it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Story 10 'Chefs' WTF!?!! ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 11 'Midnight Escapade' Nice plottwist, even though I saw it coming. I really enjoyed reading this story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars Story 12 'murderers feast' Too many names for a short story. Nice plot revelation. Weird ending. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 13 'The diamond vanishes' Loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars Story 14 'Cape May Murders' They were asked by police to stay a couple of weeks? Is that regulation? Police just blindly follows suspects instructions, without explanation or reason. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 15 'Change of plans' I am hella confused ⭐⭐ 2 stars Story 16 'The Black Widow of Oshogbo' Too many characters for a short story. Loved the story. Could have been a wonderful full-length standalone book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars Story 17 'The witching hour' A little predictable, but a lovely story. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 18 'In The Matter of Mabel and Bobby Jefferson' Very long title. Nice plottwist, but somehow I was not very invested in the characters + plot. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 19 'The night the internet died' It had the promise of a great story, but the ending fell flat for me. ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars Story 20 'Mata Hambre' A little too much Spanish for me. Some words I had to look up and it took my attention away from the story. Since I am Dutch I already have to translate all the English in my head, so it was a bit much. This is a very personal thing though. The ending was a bit strange. Especially since not a lot of characters seem to react appropriately to what just happened. ⭐⭐ 2 stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Peterson

    Midnight Hour is a compilation of short crime fiction stories written by authors of color. My rating is an average of all of the stories combined and despite preferring some to others, overall it was a diverse, enjoyable anthology. The stories in “Midnight Hour” give readers everything from cyber crime to horror to cozy mysteries and noir. While totally diverse in plot and characters, one common theme in all of them is a midnight crime. I had two favorites of the batch by far. First was “Lucky T Midnight Hour is a compilation of short crime fiction stories written by authors of color. My rating is an average of all of the stories combined and despite preferring some to others, overall it was a diverse, enjoyable anthology. The stories in “Midnight Hour” give readers everything from cyber crime to horror to cozy mysteries and noir. While totally diverse in plot and characters, one common theme in all of them is a midnight crime. I had two favorites of the batch by far. First was “Lucky Thirteen” by Tracy Clark. It’s a grisly, twisty horror about a home burglary attempted on the wrong person. I also enjoyed “The Bridge” by Abby L Vandiver which is about a woman trying to sway a stranger she meets one night into knocking off her husband. I tend to enjoy scarier and darker crime fiction in the thriller, horror aspects and so the first half of the book was more enjoyable for me personally, as the second half had more of the lighter stories, cyber crime and cozy mystery options. This is a solid anthology and crime fictions fans will enjoy the unique mix of stories it contains. Thank you Crooked Lane Books for my copy of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kefranks

    Midnight Hour: An Anthology Ed Abby L. Vandiver If you enjoy the noire mystery genre, then this anthology is for you. This collection of twenty contemporary short stories of mystery and suspense is tied together by a central theme: the midnight witching hour is when the proverbial “stuff” hits the fan. Like any anthology, there is a bit of unevenness to the stories. There are some I found to be adequate but just ho-hum. Others I found riveting, primarily because of good stage setting and unpredict Midnight Hour: An Anthology Ed Abby L. Vandiver If you enjoy the noire mystery genre, then this anthology is for you. This collection of twenty contemporary short stories of mystery and suspense is tied together by a central theme: the midnight witching hour is when the proverbial “stuff” hits the fan. Like any anthology, there is a bit of unevenness to the stories. There are some I found to be adequate but just ho-hum. Others I found riveting, primarily because of good stage setting and unpredictable twists. As with any noir story, the hero or shero is flawed, so it’s hard to root for them as they seek vengeance for perceived or actual wrongs. You could say several of the protagonists exemplified the outcome of untreated or unsupervised mental illness. This is a good book for spooky read-aloud story time, and many stories could spark good conversation among noire aficionados. Overall, an enjoyable collection. I thank NetGalley for the advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Abby Vandiver provides a double handful of crime tales written by an interesting assortment of authors of color. You have urban crime gone wrong (Lucky Thirteen), book stealing (Skin), magic (The Witching Hour), computer crime (The Night the Internet Died), and crime of passion (Mata Hambre) along with many others. Each story is self-contained, but often has the reader wanting more for this universe. In other words, the writers really sunk their hooks in the reader. So set back, grab your favori Abby Vandiver provides a double handful of crime tales written by an interesting assortment of authors of color. You have urban crime gone wrong (Lucky Thirteen), book stealing (Skin), magic (The Witching Hour), computer crime (The Night the Internet Died), and crime of passion (Mata Hambre) along with many others. Each story is self-contained, but often has the reader wanting more for this universe. In other words, the writers really sunk their hooks in the reader. So set back, grab your favorite beverage and be sure to leave a light on while you read this book! Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this anthology!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Drew K

    This is such an entertaining collection of short fiction! I enjoyed each and every story and I now have a new list of authors to keep an eye out for. Each story was unique and found its own way to incorporate the midnight hour theme. Every story is good, but if you read just one, make it "Change of Plans" by Elizabeth Wilkerson. Anything I say may spoil it, other than you know that you know someone just like the lead character in this. If not, then it might be you... But honestly, don't stop the This is such an entertaining collection of short fiction! I enjoyed each and every story and I now have a new list of authors to keep an eye out for. Each story was unique and found its own way to incorporate the midnight hour theme. Every story is good, but if you read just one, make it "Change of Plans" by Elizabeth Wilkerson. Anything I say may spoil it, other than you know that you know someone just like the lead character in this. If not, then it might be you... But honestly, don't stop there. It's a great collection and I look forward to reading more of these authors. Gratitude to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anoon Nishit Chinmayatri

    Midnight Hour is a spine-chilling crime fiction anthology. The unifying thread in these twenty contemporary suspense short stories is crime that occurs at the stroke of midnight. Anthologies have a history of featuring stories that aren't entirely in sync with one another. Some of them were adequate in my opinion, but others were simply drab. Others, on the other hand, captivated me due to outstanding stage setup and exciting plot twists. Overall, it's an entertaining collection of short, terrify Midnight Hour is a spine-chilling crime fiction anthology. The unifying thread in these twenty contemporary suspense short stories is crime that occurs at the stroke of midnight. Anthologies have a history of featuring stories that aren't entirely in sync with one another. Some of them were adequate in my opinion, but others were simply drab. Others, on the other hand, captivated me due to outstanding stage setup and exciting plot twists. Overall, it's an entertaining collection of short, terrifying crime stories.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    An excellent halloween, spooky collection of short reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology. Like all collections of short stories, some for me were better than others, but, there are sufficient of good quality to make this a worthwhile, satisfying, ghostly read. I found it especially interesting to read the authors biography information as this is such a diverse, interesting group all of whom were given the same theme and who all came up with such different, varied and (mainly) riveting storie An excellent halloween, spooky collection of short reads. I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology. Like all collections of short stories, some for me were better than others, but, there are sufficient of good quality to make this a worthwhile, satisfying, ghostly read. I found it especially interesting to read the authors biography information as this is such a diverse, interesting group all of whom were given the same theme and who all came up with such different, varied and (mainly) riveting stories. Give it a go. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to preview.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    Anything that includes story by Abbi Vandiver, Gigi Pandian and VM Burn is a must read for me and their story didn't disapping. I was happy to read a new Java Jones story and thoroughly enjoyed the stories by Ms Vandiver and Burns. This an anthology of stories bound by a common theme: the midnight hours. It's a mixed bag but most of the story were quite entertaining and well written. I discovered some new to me author and enjoyed those by author I already knew. Recommended. Many thanks to the publishe Anything that includes story by Abbi Vandiver, Gigi Pandian and VM Burn is a must read for me and their story didn't disapping. I was happy to read a new Java Jones story and thoroughly enjoyed the stories by Ms Vandiver and Burns. This an anthology of stories bound by a common theme: the midnight hours. It's a mixed bag but most of the story were quite entertaining and well written. I discovered some new to me author and enjoyed those by author I already knew. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda W.

    This book was excellent. Some tales were the perfect balance of mystery and darkness, others were a bit weaker but still interesting. Overall I gave it 4 stars because the last stories were a bit underwhelming compared to the other ones, it left me wishing for that creeping feeling you get at midnight, but still it was a great read and presented me with many new authors to follow. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ajitabh Pandey

    This is a collection of stories from 20 authors. Murder and crime is the common theme of all stories. Some of the stories are very small and some have content worth many pages. The second half of the book (after around 25%) of the book has more content to read. The publisher has provided a brief bio of authors along with photo at the end of the book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an advanced review copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cass (only the darkest reads)

    This short story collection has a range of stories that will please most readers. From blackened crime and bloody horror to cozy mysteries and cyber crimes. For me, I prefer my stories on the darker side, so the first half of the collection worked better for my personal taste. A highlight was getting to revisit some of the characters from Winter Counts, in David Heska Wanbli Weiden's short story Skin. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of this title. This short story collection has a range of stories that will please most readers. From blackened crime and bloody horror to cozy mysteries and cyber crimes. For me, I prefer my stories on the darker side, so the first half of the collection worked better for my personal taste. A highlight was getting to revisit some of the characters from Winter Counts, in David Heska Wanbli Weiden's short story Skin. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an ARC of this title.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    An above-average collection regardless of the color of the authors. This has a nice variety and readers might discover some new authors to follow. Not surprisingly, most of the stories are pretty dark, but entertaining nonetheless. Recommended for crime story enthusiasts. Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    What an interesting group of short stories. All written by authors of color. The connection for the anthology stories is crimes committed around midnight. There is something here for everyone. Some are tame and some are grisly. They run the gamut from thriller to mystery and suspense to horror. It is a great way to try out new authors and get a taste of their writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A very diverse collection of short stories all written by authors of color from a number of different cultures. Typical of my experience with most short story collections, I enjoyed some more than others. The second story in the book, “Skin” by David Heska Wanbli Weiden was the one that stood out the most for me, I also found “Lucky Thirteen” by Tracy Clark to be memorable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mystic Miraflores

    As with most short story collections, some stories were very good, while some are just okay. My favorites here were "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Callie Browning, and "Nighthawks" by Frankie Y. Bailey. This anthology has inspired me to read books by authors of color with whom I'm not familiar. (I'm a "reader" of color.) I look forward to the next anthology by this group of authors. As with most short story collections, some stories were very good, while some are just okay. My favorites here were "Dead Men Tell No Tales" by Callie Browning, and "Nighthawks" by Frankie Y. Bailey. This anthology has inspired me to read books by authors of color with whom I'm not familiar. (I'm a "reader" of color.) I look forward to the next anthology by this group of authors.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Illana Runge

    I received an ARC of this collection from NetGalley and I’m very impressed with it! This collection ranged from very creepy stories to a little bit more of a lighthearted thriller. There’s something for everyone in this collection!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Tsipouras

    After reading the first 4 or 5 stories I thought: Is it possible that there's an anthology that contains only stories I really like? But no. There's always the odd one out. Or more than one. Overall there's a great variety although all crimes happen at midnight. After reading the first 4 or 5 stories I thought: Is it possible that there's an anthology that contains only stories I really like? But no. There's always the odd one out. Or more than one. Overall there's a great variety although all crimes happen at midnight.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nimalee Ravi

    I enjoyed this book of compilation of short stories with murder, mystery, Thrillers and absolutely loved it. Every single short story is written brilliantly. I found a few of the stories really creepy and scary. Enjoyed the writing style and plots. Definitely recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teisha

    Midnight Hour is a great crime fiction collection for those who are in the mood for some variety in their storytelling. From mysteries to thrillers and a dash of horror, this is a collection I would recommend to those who want to sample short stories from amazing crime fiction authors. Well done!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    I bought this for David Heska Wanbli Weiden's short story 'Skin' which I thoroughly enjoyed. The rest of the stories were a bit of a mix for me, but overall an enjoyable anthology. I bought this for David Heska Wanbli Weiden's short story 'Skin' which I thoroughly enjoyed. The rest of the stories were a bit of a mix for me, but overall an enjoyable anthology.

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