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The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (Mammoth Books)

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Our dark past brought to life by leading contemporary crime writers. A new generation of crime writers has broadened the genre of crime fiction, creating more human stories of historical realism, with a stronger emphasis on character and the psychology of crime. This superb anthology of 12 novellas encompasses over 4,000 years of our dark, criminal past, from Bronze Age Br ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Robinson Publishing (first published July 28th 2011)
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Deanne
Jan 04, 2014 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag of good and bad stories.
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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
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May 03, 2016 Lois Hecksel rated it really liked it
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
Oct 23, 2014 Heather Ellis rated it liked it
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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Some stories better than others. Wasn't really fond of the Bronze Age one, but really liked the Anne Perry one.
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Jun 15, 2013 Jim McIntosh rated it really liked it
Nice collection of historical crime fiction spanning from the Bronze Age to the recent past.
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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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