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The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction

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Ever since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle delighted readers with the fictional genius detective, Sherlock Holmes, crime fiction has been plumbed by mystery writers everywhere. This volume of 12 stories spans crime from the Bronze Age to World War II, and will appeal to the current readers of The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures and Best British Mysteries.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Running Press (first published July 28th 2011)
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Alison C
Mar 18, 2015 Alison C rated it liked it
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley, is a 2011 collection of 12 novellas set in varying historical and even prehistorical periods, ranging from Bronze-Age Britain ("Jettisoned," by Deirdre Counihan) to 1930s New York City (Richard A. Lupoff's Nero Wolfe pastiche, "Dead of Winter") with many stops in time and place along the way. All but one of these was written specifically for this anthology; Anne Perry's "Brodie and the Regrettable Incident" is the only one not ...more
Deanne
Jan 12, 2014 Deanne rated it liked it
A mixed bag of good and bad stories.
Lois Hecksel
May 12, 2016 Lois Hecksel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley, contains 12 novellas covering time from the British Bronze Age to WWII and set in a variety of countries. As expected, the quality of the story varied from author to author. One's interest in a given time period or place of mystery would also affect a reader's rating. Some of the best practitioners working in the field today are represented, while others were unknown to me. Worth a read - if a story is disliked, a reader can me ...more
Heather Ellis
This took me 4 months to read which is not normal for me, but I can't not finish a book. 3 1/2 months was getting through the first 3 stories. After that a little quicker and then the last 5 stories I flew through
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Jun 17, 2013 D rated it liked it
Some stories better than others. Wasn't really fond of the Bronze Age one, but really liked the Anne Perry one.
Jim McIntosh
Oct 01, 2014 Jim McIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice collection of historical crime fiction spanning from the Bronze Age to the recent past.
Jessica Singer
Dec 30, 2012 Jessica Singer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories got progressively better, the last one was by far the best!
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Michael Raymond Donald Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Chatham, Kent.
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