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Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Winspear, Jeffery Deaver, Allison Brennan, Charles Todd, and many more, including Perry herself.

Throughout the annals of fiction, there have been many celebrated detective teams: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Nick and Nora Charles. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. That last pair is the creation of beloved mystery writer Anne Perry, who, as the editor of Odd Partners and in conjunction with Mystery Writers of America, has enlisted some of today’s best mystery writers to craft all-new stories about unlikely duos who join forces—sometimes unwillingly—to solve beguiling whodunits.

From Perry’s own entry, in which an English sergeant and his German counterpart set out to find a missing soldier during World War I, to a psychological tale of an airplane passenger who wakes up unsure of who he is and must enlist his fellow passengers to help him remember, to a historical mystery about a misguided witch-hunt and the unlikely couple that brings it down, each story deals in the wonderful complexities of human interactions. And not just human interactions: Honey bees avenge the death of their beekeeper, a wandering cat brings home clues to a murder, and a gray wolf and a fly fisherman in the Minnesota woods try to protect their land from a brash billionaire.

Featuring work by New York Times bestselling authors, Edgar Award winners, and up-and-coming members of the Mystery Writers of America, these tales of friends, enemies, and pairs who lie somewhere in the middle will satisfy every type of mystery reader. With each author’s signature brand of suspense, these stories give new meaning to the word “teamwork.”

Audio Contents:
Introduction by Anne Perry, read by Anne Perry
“Reconciliation” by Anne Perry, read by Simon Prebble
“The Nature of the Beast” by William Kent Krueger, read by Ray Porter
“Sad Onions: A Hap and Leonard Story” by Joe R. Lansdale, read by Christopher Ryan Grant
“The Wagatha Labsy Secret Dogtective Alliance: A Dog Noir Story” by Jacqueline Winspear, read by Macleod Andrews
“Glock, Paper, Scissors” by Shelley Costa, read by Lorna Raver
“Blood Money: An Inspector Rutledge Story” by Charles Todd, read by Simon Prebble
“The Violins Played Before Junshan” by Lou Kemp, read by Edoardo Ballerini
“What Ever Happened to Lorna Winters?” by Lisa Morton, read by Macleod Andrews
“Oglethorpe's Camera” by Claire Ortalda, read by Amy Landon
“The Last Game” by Robert Dugoni, read by Edoardo Ballerini
“NO 11 SQUATER” by Adele Polomski, read by Lorna Raver
“A Cold Spell” by Mark Thielman, read by Janina Edwards
“What Would Nora Do?” by Georgia Jeffries, read by Amy Landon
“Hector's Bees” by Amanda Witt, read by Janina Edwards
“Georgia in the Wind” by William Frank, read by Ray Porter
“From Four till Late: A Nick Travers Story” by Ace Atkins, read by Macleod Andrews
“Bite out of Crime” by Allison Brennan, read by Amy Landon
“Songbird Blues” by Stephen Ross, read by Edoardo Ballerini
“Security” by Jeffery Deaver, read by Ray Porter Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The theme of this anthology of short stories is unlikely pairs who solve a mystery together. With ten narrators voicing stories from nineteen mystery writers, the listener is in for a rich smorgasbord of audio experiences. The narrators have been carefully matched to their short stories and enhance the nuances of the plots. The production quality is top-notch, with smooth shifts between stories and narrators. While all the narrators bring their own strengths to the stories, the highlight may be Macleod Andrews’s narration of Jacqueline Winspear’s ‘A Dog Noir Story.’ He perfectly captures its characters and humor. With the multiple stories and voices, one can dip in and out at leisure.”

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About the Author

William Kent Krueger is the author of several stand-alone novels and the Cork O’Connor mystery series, of which six have made the New York Times bestsellers list. His Iron Lake won the Barry Award and the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel; Blood Hollow won the 2004 Anthony Award for Best Novel; and Mercy Falls won the 2005 Anthony Award for Best Novel. His stand-alone novel Ordinary Grace won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Novel

About the Narrators

Anne Perry is the New York Times bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the William Monk novels and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels. among others. She has also written a series of five World War I novels, sixteen holiday novels, and a historical novel.

Cassandra Campbell has won multiple Audie Awards, Earphones Awards, and the prestigious Odyssey Award for narration. She was been named a “Best Voice” by AudioFile magazine and in 2018 was inducted in Audible’s inaugural Narrator Hall of Fame.

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and many AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has appeared on stage in New York, Los Angeles, and regional theaters around the country. Among her many television credits are NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Boston Legal, ER, and Star Trek. She starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell.

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.

Ray Porter has garnered two Audie nominations as well as several Earphones Awards and enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. A fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows.

Christopher Ryan Grant is an actor and audiobook narrator. His readings include It’s A Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson and Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale, among others.

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator who earned the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. He has starred in a number of independent short and feature films and is a member of the Rising Phoenix Repertory Company in New York City.

Amy Landon, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice artist and classically trained actress with numerous film, television, and off-Broadway stage credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, which she also coaches and teaches, and she is happy to find her lifelong obsession with books pairing up with her acting and vocal work. Her narration of Texts from Jane Eyre placed as a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Humor Narration in 2016.

Janina Edwards, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a native of Chicago and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts acting program. Her 2016 performance of Voice of Freedom was a finalist for the Audie Award.