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The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime Volume 8. (The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime)

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The must-have annual anthology for every crime fiction fan – the year’s top new British short stories selected by leading crime critic Maxim Jakubowski.

This great annual covers the full range of mystery fiction, from noir and hardboiled crime to ingenious puzzles and amateur sleuthing. Packed with top names such as: Ian Rankin (including a new Rebus), Alexander McCall Smit
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published (first published April 1st 2011)
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Chris Rhatigan
"Mammoth" is a good term for this collection--a whopping 42 stories from Britain's top crime writers that somehow feels heavy even on the Kindle. And it's not just the quantity but the wide variety of stories that makes MBBC comprehensive.

My tastes tend toward the nastier, darker corners of the genre, where Mammoth delivers in spades. Nigel Bird's An Arm and a Leg is, from what I've seen, his grittiest work yet, an inside look at rough-and-tumble Tranent and the fate of one unfortunate cat. Pau
Mammoth by name, mammoth by nature - this collection has 42 stories in total, many of which come from well-known names, with a good sprinkling of new and emerging writers. Exactly the sort of thing short story fans would be looking for.

Preferring the darker side of the genre, there was lots to satisfy this reader in this collection, but there's also entries from the lighter side - how could there not be with writers like Alexander McCall Smith. In this collection you'll find a couple of entries
Warren Stalley
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime volume 8 offers a rich variety of authors and subject matter. There really is something for everyone. Big name authors rub shoulders with lesser known writers but the reader is guaranteed entertainment.
This collection starts strongly with :

The Very Last Drop - Ian Rankin – A Rebus tale where the newly retired detective does some private sleuthing at a brewery. Soon he’s digging up ghosts and sampling beer along the way.

Dolphin Junction - Mick Herron – A dis
Madonna Valentine
I'm disappointed with this book but persevered. Some of the authors appear to be phoning it in or their contribution read like the first chapter of a book, not a short story. Have authors forgotten how to write short stories? However, some of the stories are entertaining and this only cost me 2 bucks so I'm not too perturbed. At 628 pages most readers will find plenty to like.
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
I have read only ten of the 40-plus stories so far, but I give this collection five stars, without hesitation. These are first-rate stories by first-rate writers, guaranteed to make one look over their shoulder as they hurry through a deserted park in the middle of a dark, rainy night... look in the back seat of the car before opening the door and getting in... gingerly peeking behind the shower curtain before they lock the bathroom door... you know, just to be sure... because, one can never be ...more
This is a terrific collection, encompassing a tremendous swathe of contemporary British crime fiction. (And when they say Britain, they really mean Ireland as well.) Doesn't matter if you like it light and witty or dark and gritty--you will find something here for you.

My blog post about the book is HERE.
This book's got it all, from cozies to street slang fast action to Sherlock Holmes. Spent a couple of very pleasant afternoons catching up to what the Brits are up to these days.
Very promising start, but the second half of this book of short stories was a let down. Certainly not the BEST of british crime.
May 31, 2012 Carole is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Over 40 new stories from Britain's best crime writers -- excellent -- but will take time to go through its 600 pages.
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Maxim Jakubowski is a crime, erotic, and science fiction writer and critic.

Jakubowski was born in England by Russian-British and Polish parents, but raised in France. Jakubowski has also lived in Italy and has travelled extensively. Jakubowski edited the science fiction anthology Twenty Houses of the Zodiac in 1979 for the 37th World Science Fiction Convention (Seacon '79) in Brighton. He also con
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