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Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Series: V.I. Warshawski
Published by HarperAudio on June 30, 2020
Length: 14 hours, 11 minutes
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From New York Times bestselling author Sara Paretsky, a collection of thrilling crime and detective short stories, many featuring legendary detective V.I. Warshawski--including a brand-new V.I. story.
Now in this spellbinding collection, Paretsky showcases her extraordinary talents with fourteen short stories, eight of which feature the indomitable detective--and a new V.I. story.
I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982! Each book is another case, so you could read them out of order but I wouldn’t. I enjoy the progression of the characters and they are all great to read.
Love & Other Crimes is different, an anthology of short stories. Many have been published in magazines previously but I am happy to have them all collected here. Some of the stories are NOT V.I. Warshawski stories. At the beginning, there is a detailed author’s note talking about the stories which I loved. There are also brief additional insights at the end of some of the stories.
My favorites were definitely the Warshawski stories, which is nearly all of them. I think it might be hard to connect with them without the context of having read some of the series. Similarly, I had more trouble with the stories not in this world. For example, the Sherlock Holmes story surprisingly did not capture me, as it was told more from another point of view, Amelia, who was not familiar to me. I love Sherlock Holmes but I found it hard to focus from this perspective. But I would like to read the series about Amelia. But the story loosely related to her father’s work in Kansas was wonderful, and not in the Warshawski world.
Overall, I was delighted with this collection since it is unlikely I would have gotten the magazines. I really appreciated having all the author’s thoughts and perceptions.
Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator and the voice of the V.I. Warshawski for me. Many of Vic’s cases are a lot of her thoughts in a stream of consciousness. The dialogue is handled well for both male and female voices. It was charming to get a British accent on the story with Sherlock Holmes. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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Oh, how wonderful to get an audio collection of short stories in a favorite series! Excellent review, Anne? This series is on my shelf.
Yes it is wonderful because I never would have found or known about the magazines. I don’t know if they are even tracked on Goodreads.
Not sure I’ve ever read a V.I. Warshawski book, although I take note every time one comes out. That’s so cool that she’s still writing them!
She’s not that old. lol But she has written a long-running series. I really enjoy them.
I was curious so I looked her up. She’s actually 73!
i enjoyed your review and they do sound like stories i would enjoy too
I think you would enjoy this author but I always recommend to start at the beginning.
I do love it when an author brings together their shorter stories into one collection like this. Glad most were in the world you are already vastly familiar with.
Yes, some of the others like the one in Kansas – Miss Bianca – was excellent but my favorites are the Warshawski ones.
Oh it definitely looks different there!
Yes it is different, not all being in the same world.
Great review, Anne. It’s always a bonus to thoroughly enjoy a short story collection of a much-loved series – and I think this is where audiobooks come into their own as I definitely prefer listening to short stories, rather than reading them. This is a series I’ve heard a lot abuot over the years, but never read. When the library opens up again, I think I should check it out!
Thank you! I really like the detective and her growth over about 30-40 years. She tackles fights for underdogs and many social issues. I hope you get to try it; I would start at the beginning.
I love when they put together the shorts on audio from series I love. This series sounds great!
Yes I really like the shorts together. There are many good ones on this audio.
Sounds like a neat collection of stories! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. 🙂
I did really enjoy them.
I find it so fun when an author does a collection of short stories from one of my favorite series. Especially when it’s about some characters I wanted to know more about.
yes it is fun to have them all collected since some were out in magazines I would never have found. It is great to have more depth on some topic or side character also.