As far as short story collections go, this is the mystery collection to have. Each tale stands alone, but they are all linked together by a charm bracelet. It's an interesting concept that I have not since seen in any other story collection. There are 15 different authors, 16 different tales (Karin Slaughter wrote both the first and the last story in the book).
Contributors include authors such as Laura Lippman, Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, and Kelley Armstrong. Each tale, like these authors, is significantly different but all contain the bracelet in both major and minor roles. It's almost as if they are tracing the life of the bracelet from one unfortunate owner to the next.
Each short tale is packed with suspense, intrigue, mystery, violence, and all the other things that you love in these authors' books. It's also a great way to introduce yourself to new authors whose work you may not be familiar with. Even after 4 years, this book has stuck with me and I still remember the stories.