100 Malicious Little Mysteries, selected by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg and Joseph D. Olander ISBN 1566199220
Five out of five stars
All of the mystery/crime stories in this book are very short, the kind that you can read during a television commercial, on a short bus trip, waiting for transportation to arrive or during a bathroom visit. Being short, the context must be quickly set and lead logically to a conclusion, generally expressed in the last paragraph. There is no time to develop any deep expression of the characters, they are generally one-dimensional, the aspect of the crime that is being committed.
They are all fun and the “criminals” range from soldiers in service to their country to sweet looking but deadly old ladies. Lucifer even makes an appearance in what I consider to be the best story in the book, even he can be victimized. If you are looking for a light mental workout that can be spread out over many days, this book contains the right level of dosage.