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Author: Faye Kellerman Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris, Nancy McKeon, John Rubinstein, Theodore Bikel, Roger Rees, Lindsay Crouse Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781594835285
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From New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman comes an extraordinary collection of her best short works. Here the backdrop of contemporary California becomes fertile ground for Kellerman’s riveting tales of murder, mystery, and family ties most sinister and deadly. Among the first-rate short mysteries in this collection are “Garden of Eden” and “Open House,” featuring the famous sleuthing duo Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, “Bull’s-Eye,” which introduced Cindy Decker to the crime fiction world, and “Mr. Barton’s Head Case,” which appears here for the very first time in English.

In addition, two rare personal essays allow listeners glimpses into Kellerman’s private life, revealing her true grit in “Small Miracles” and her childhood memories of working in her father’s deli in the exquisite “Summer of My Womanhood.”

Compiled at last in one volume, the pieces in this book feature new introductions by the author and contribute to a unique, compelling portrait of one of America’s top masters of suspense. A must-have collection for all mystery fans, The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights showcases how ordinary everyday experiences can be the genesis of extraordinary tales that unveil the darkest sins and secrets of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never less than entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kellerman…demonstrates her command of the short story with this collection of 17 tales.”

    Library Journal

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/2/2014

    " The stories in the beginning of this were really good, crime stories. But, then, the stories at the end... well, I couldn't even tell you what the point was. A let-down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/29/2014

    " This is not her best book, but it was a nice break from Rina and Peter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shuli | 1/14/2014

    " yeah I wish I wouldn't have wasted time on this one... another book on CD but silence would've been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/12/2014

    " This is a great book to curl up with. You have the option to read just one story or the whole book. Each story is well written and entertaining. This is a page turner. It is a good read and light enough that you could enjoy it after a hectic day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonna | 1/9/2014

    " I am a great fan of Jonathan Kellerman, and my mother keeps telling me how great Faye's books are. After these light & delectable stories (perfect for summertime reading!), I believe her! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bluma | 12/31/2013

    " Enjoyed her short stories. I liked when she wrote a personal story. I would like to see more of that-The Summer of my Womanhood selection was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 12/19/2013

    " I loved all the short stories in this book. Naturally, they were all about murder. Then at the very end as a delightful surprise there were several personal stories. All of the stories were terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 11/7/2013

    " I enjoy short stories, and these were very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/2/2013

    " Short stories work well with my busy schedule and this book really delivers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 10/14/2013

    " Listened to this book in the car, and it was mildly entertaining and made the commute seem shorter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 10/12/2013

    " short story mysteries "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmbeck | 8/10/2013

    " A nice compilation of short stories from this offer. I felt the Decker/Lazarus stories were a little rushed to completion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 2/22/2013

    " My first Faye Kellerman book. Enjoyed the short stories... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/19/2012

    " This book was recommended to me by my mom. I really enjoyed hearing all the different narrators on the stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/16/2012

    " Don't usually like short stories, but these were all good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/15/2012

    " a great short story collection from faye kellerman. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 BABAK | 12/31/2011

    " Absurd stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/15/2011

    " Quick, breezy short stories, mostly murder/crime but veer off into other formats at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank | 9/29/2011

    " Mildly interesting but not very captivating. Listened to a few in the car but traded in for something more engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindig | 7/31/2011

    " liked her 1st book but not much since "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 4/8/2011

    " most of the time I don't enjoy short stories, but this book I am having a good time reading the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 3/22/2011

    " The stories in the beginning of this were really good, crime stories. But, then, the stories at the end... well, I couldn't even tell you what the point was. A let-down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/6/2010

    " This book was recommended to me by my mom. I really enjoyed hearing all the different narrators on the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonna | 7/14/2010

    " I am a great fan of Jonathan Kellerman, and my mother keeps telling me how great Faye's books are. After these light & delectable stories (perfect for summertime reading!), I believe her! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 12/17/2009

    " I definitely liked more of these than others but overall, none of them really wowed me. I had to make myself keep listening to these, especially the last one which was not good in my opinion.

    On the positive side though, the narrators were excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/29/2009

    " Quick, breezy short stories, mostly murder/crime but veer off into other formats at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cmbeck | 1/18/2009

    " A nice compilation of short stories from this offer. I felt the Decker/Lazarus stories were a little rushed to completion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 7/17/2008

    " This is a great book to curl up with. You have the option to read just one story or the whole book. Each story is well written and entertaining. This is a page turner. It is a good read and light enough that you could enjoy it after a hectic day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 7/12/2008

    " most of the time I don't enjoy short stories, but this book I am having a good time reading the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmin | 2/5/2008

    " I just lllllllllllllloooooooooove Faye Kellerman's writing.
    I can't wait to read the next one (once it's available in paperback....).

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/26/2008

    " Short stories work well with my busy schedule and this book really delivers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shuli | 10/25/2007

    " yeah I wish I wouldn't have wasted time on this one... another book on CD but silence would've been better. "

About the Author

Author Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as historical thrillers and a short-story anthology. She has won the Macavity Award and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

About the Narrators

Dennis Boutsikaris is a two-time OBIE award winner. He has received five Audie Awards and seven Golden Earphone Awards for his work in over 100 audiobooks and was voted one of the Best Voices of the Year by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared in numerous Broadway, television, and film roles. He played Mozart on Broadway in Amadeus and has appeared on television shows including Shameless, The Good Wife, House M.D., Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and Law & Order.

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.

Theodore Bikel (1924–2015) was an award-winning stage and screen actor, an activist for civil rights and progressive causes worldwide, and a singer whose voice won him critical acclaim. Some of his credits include The Defiant Ones, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Roger Rees, Welsh stage, film, and television actor and, more recently, narrator of audiobooks, is known on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States he received a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Nicholas Nickleby. American TV viewers are familiar with Roger from Cheers, in which he played Robin Colcord. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs, from the LA Theatre Works’ production of Lady Windmere’s Fan, to mystery anthologies such as Malice Domestic and thrillers like Pop Goes the Weasel. His audiobook narration has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President’s Men. For her role in the 1984 film Places in the Heart, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Her other films include Slap Shot, Between the Lines, The Verdict, Prefontaine, and The Insider. She also had a leading role in the 1987 film House of Games, which was directed by her then husband David Mamet. In 1996 she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Between Mother and Daughter,” an episode of CBS Schoolbreak Special. She is also a Grammy Award nominee.