Short Story Anthology
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Includes “Tonic” by DP Lyle

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From The Introduction:

In D. P. Lyle’s “Tonic” a couple of good old boys in rural America are cruising the backroads in an ancient pickup and simply pursuing the American dream of trying to make a living. Who could blame them? And, a more cogent question, what could go wrong? Oh, a thing or two, especially when they decide to explore a new business model and attract a little more attention than is wise. The cast includes a great small-town sheriff and a medicine man you won’t soon forget, try though you might. 

Jeffrey Deaver, Editor, Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

What others are saying about NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT

“Something very good happens after midnight...just pick up this brilliant book and be transported—and very afraid!” —Peter James, UK #1 Bestselling Author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series 

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is a treat— dark, chilling, and delicious. Grab it.” —Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-Winning Author of The Dark Corners of the Night 

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT proves that the witching hour still has the power to haunt in this suspenseful collection of stories by luminaries in the literary world. Inventive, twisted, and downright chilling, here is an anthology to be savored— well past midnight and into the dead of night.” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times Bestseller of The Last Odyssey

“This anthology showcases some of the best talent in the thriller genre—or in any genre. Whether quirky or creepy, each story displays the talent and uniqueness of its author. And since all are so good, this collection is a delightful read.” —Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times Bestseller of Thick as Thieves

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is loads of fun. The stories from this lineup of all-star authors are a blast to read, with plenty of neck-snapping twists and heart-stopping thrills that will keep you turning pages way past the title’s witching hour.” —Boyd Morrison, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author 

“If you like intrigue and suspense, you’ll love this salmagundi of tense tales from some of today’s short story masters. This book is guaranteed to keep you awake until midnight and beyond.” —Steven James, Bestselling Author of The Bowers Files

“Readers rarely get a gift such as this—a superb collection from the giants of mystery and suspense.”—Robert Dugoni, Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series 

“Midnight is the magic switch. Safe becomes dangerous, good becomes evil, quiet turns raucous. When the clock strikes twelve in NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT, a talented crew of writers unleashes a maelstrom of thrills so intense, you will never sleep again. Unputdownable!” —K.J. Howe, International Bestselling Author of SKYJACK 

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is a treasure chest of novelties, curiosities and gems. From Kevin O’Brien’s ‘Cell Phone Intolerant’ to Shannon Kirk’s ‘Tonight is the Night’ and Jon Land’s surprisingly heartfelt ‘ATM,’ you’ll never step outside at night in quite the same way.” —Joseph Finder, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Nick Heller Series 

Totally Addicted To Reading Review:

The sun sets. The moon takes its place, illuminating the most evil corners of the planet. What twisted fear dwells in that blackness? What legends attach to those of sound mind and make them go crazy in the bright light of day? Only Suspense Magazine knows…

Teaming up with New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, Suspense Magazine offers up a nail-biting anthology titled: “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight.” This thrilling collection consists of thirteen original short stories representing the genres of suspense/thriller, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy, and more.

Readers’ favorites come together to explore the mystery of midnight. The ‘best of the best’ presenting these memorable tales, include: Joseph Badal, Linwood Barclay, Rhys Bowen, Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Alan Jacobson, Paul Kemprecos, Shannon Kirk, Jon Land, John Lescroart, D. P. Lyle, Kevin O’Brien, and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Take their hands…walk into their worlds…but be prepared to leave the light on when you’re through. After all, this incredible gathering of authors, who will delight fans of all genres, not only utilized their award-winning imaginations to answer that age-old question of why “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight”—they also made sure to pen stories that will leave you…speechless.

Nothing Good Happens After Midnight is an anthology of thirteen stories where events occur after midnight. All the authors who collaborated on this anthology, except for one, were new to me. I found a few of the stories likeable, but some not so much. When I first saw the title, I thought it would be an anthology of horror stories, but they turned out to be tales of suspense, some of which had interesting psychological twists and some humorous moments.

The focus of my review will be on the stories I enjoyed the most. So here goes:

In 12:01 am by Alan Jacobson, the reader met Karen Vail, an FBI agent on the trail of a copycat killer. The story delivered a fast-paced and gripping read. It had me on the edge of my seat as the characters raced against time to catch the kidnapper and save his victim before it is too late. Will something good happen after Midnight?

Cellphone Intolerant by Kevin O’Brien tells the story of Ed McKinnon. One day while shopping he observed the unhealthy behaviour of owners of mobile users. Angered by their actions, he came up with a plan, hoping to end it all. Will he succeed? Well, let’s just say I for one am glad that I do not live in Ed’s world, nor do I have an unhealthy relationship with my mobile device. I guess plans made after Midnight is not conducive to one’s physical being.

In All Aboard Hank Phillipi Ryan delivered a psychological thriller featuring a Public Relations expert who overheard a sinister plot, while travelling on a train and gets involved. An interesting tale of turning the tables on someone when they least expect it.

Night Shift by Linwood Barclay of a reporter and his editor, who while working the graveyard shift received a phone call from someone threatening to carry out a mass shooting. Interesting tale with a doozy of a twist at the end.

Midnight in the Garden of Death by Heather Graham delivered a chilling tale of teenagers who had a sleepover in a cemetery past the Midnight hour. Well, let’s just say things did not go as planned.

The Sixth Decoy by Paul Kemprecos featured Aristotle Socarides a former marine and police officer turned private investigator. A suspicious and rather strange individual hired him to find a bird sculpture.

In Creative Defense Jeffery Deaver treated the reader to a creepy tale of a young lawyer driven insane after attending a classical concert and an unusual murder.

Tonic by D.P Lyle proved to be a strange but interesting tale of two cousins who made a living by a weird and gruesome means. This story had me thinking about the stuff we put in our bodies in order to achieve optimum health. How well, all I will say is what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.

The stories are perfect for fans of the suspense and thriller genre who do not have the time to commit to a longer read. Each story delivered sufficient entertainment, leaving me wanting more from these authors. I will definitely look at other stories they penned.

© Douglas Lyle 2015