3 out of 5 stars to Women on the Case, a collection of short stories curated by Sara Paretsky in 1996. Each of the short stories focuses on a female detective or investigator, bringing to the forefront both female-driven crime stories and a woman’s point of view. While I enjoyed a few of these stories, it wasn’t as strong as A Woman’s Eye, one of the other anthologies Paretsky took the lead on. I enjoy short stories, but this didn’t seem to have the same quality or expanse of styles and characters. It fell short of being a fun read and rather got a little tedious at times. It was good to have a 20 page story to choose from, but I never felt compelled to finish the book. I did read each story, but some were half-skims and overviews, rather than truly digesting a meaty mystery punch. Might work for others, but didn’t do too much for me. Oh well, can’t win them all!
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