I’m on vacation with my family this week as we road trip back from my week of teaching in Colorado. We’re having all sorts of adventures.

One of the games my daughter likes to play in the car (during those times when I make her put down her electronics and actually look out the window) is twenty questions.

She likes mysteries, you see. Figuring out puzzles. Detective work.

Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch like mysteries, too. Especially writing about them.

And Dean likes mysteries so much that he’s curated a StoryBundle filled with books from some of his favorite crime authors.

It’s called The Past Crimes Bundle, and it features three WMG books: Fiction River: Hidden in Crime, edited by Kris; Smoke-Filled Rooms: A Smokey Dalton Novel by Kris Nelscott; and Heads Up: A Cold Poker Gang Mystery by Dean.

Here’s what Dean has to say about it:

The past often brings out the best in crime.

In fact, for a vast majority of crime fiction (mystery), the crime has already happened in the past and solving what happened, or who did it, or why the crime happened is the fun of it all.

I personally love past crimes of another category: cold cases. When the question of who done it or why in the normal crime stories doesn’t get answered in any satisfying way, the crime becomes a cold case.

And the passing of time makes it harder and harder to solve that dormant case.

You can read Dean’s full blog about the bundle and all the other pertinent details here. And if you want to just go straight to the bundle page itself, click here.

All these fantastic books are perfect for entertaining you during this busy summer of travel.

And they’re waaay more interesting than twenty questions. Trust me on that one <grin>.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.