Life Is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder

Life Is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder

by Kelley Armstrong

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Life Is Short and Then You Die is the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home.

And in this case, a very different type of “first”: murder.

This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly.

Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250196408
Publisher: Imprint
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 144,535
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the New York Times-bestselling Women of the Otherworld paranormal suspense series and the Darkest Powers young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
KELLEY ARMSTRONG graduated with a degree in psychology and then studied computer programming. Now she is a full-time writer and parent, and she lives with her husband and three children in rural Ontario, Canada. She is the author of the Rocton mystery series featuring Detective Casey Duncan, which begins with City of the Lost.

Table of Contents

Introduction Kelley Armstrong v

Floater Kelley Armstrong 1

The Day I Killed Coach Duffy R.L. Stine 24

In Plain Sight Y. S. Lee 34

Daddy's Girl Melissa Marr 51

Summer Job Amanda Witt 59

The Boy in the Red Vans Rachel Vincent 77

The Company I Keep Jeff Somers 88

Concealment Eileen Rendahl 106

Night of the Living Dog David Bart 123

Murder IRL Jeff Soloway 137

A Killer Story Julie Tollefson 156

Gnat Joseph S. Walker 175

A Different Hero's Day Anthony Franze Barry Lancet 191

First Party Back Emmy Laybourne 206

What I Did On My Summer Vacation Jonathan Maberry 223

The Things We Don't Talk About Stephen Ross 241

Enemy Lines Caleb Roehrig 259

Six Ways to Kill Your Grandmother Barry Lyga 290

About the Authors 309

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Life Is Short and Then You Die: Mystery Writers of America Presents First Encounters with Murder 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
nita3 12 days ago
LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE is a collection of 18 eminently readable stories of murder, some with more mystery than others. Sometimes the teenage protagonist is witness or hero, sometimes perpetrator, accomplice or victim. There are surprises, mostly inevitable when looking back, that's the way it had to be, even if unexpected. Chilling stories, ones that twist your gut, stories with logical motivation, and a few with real life lessons. Stories of dysfunctional families and hereditary legacy, one where ADHD works to the character's advantage. Stories where one incident can change your life, or not. It isn't easy to provide a review without spoilers that does this collection justice, read for yourself!