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The seventeenth century was a time ripe with murder, anarchy, war, and political and religious intrigue, of which the Gunpowder Plot is only one example. This unputdownable new anthology from Mike Ashley presents 25 whodunits set in those turbulent times—also the age of the Witchfinder General, ‘revenge' tragedies, and the colonization of America. Stories of murder and may ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 14th 2006 by Running Press (first published July 13th 2006)
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Diane
Mike Ashley has edited a lot of volumes of mystery short stories. This is one of my favorites. The stories take place between 1604 and 1688. Normally, the Jacobean period is considered to be the reign of James I of England (VI of Scotland). However, Mr Ashley extended the period to the end of the short reign of James I's grandson and namesake, James II, who was deposed in 1688. Of course, Shakespeare makes an appearance, though not as a detective. My favorite stories are "The King's First Achiev ...more
Jen
One of the most delightful things about this collection of short stories, I think, is that it doesn't require a full Jacobean knowledge going in. The editor has a paragraph or two at the beginning of each story that sets the scene, as well as recommending other books by the same author, which is great. The stories themselves are, for the most part, wonderful--which is great, coming from someone who doesn't really like short stories. Plus, all the highlights of the time period are there; we have ...more
Sumi
Feb 11, 2008 Sumi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Thomas Chaloner fans, Christopher Redmayne fans, Ursula Blanchard fans
This is a collection of short mysteries set during the Jacobean period, although not confined solely to the British Isles.

Although some of the authors that I frequently read contributed stories to the volume, on the whole I didn't enjoy it all that much. Perhaps a general disinterest in the time period exerts an influence.

For those who have series that they read, Susanna Gregory's contribution features her Thomas Chaloner character. (Her Matthew Bartholomew series is much better). Fiona Buckle
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Michele
Full disclosure, historical fiction is high on the list of things I avoid reading. No judgments against those who enjoy it, I just find it a bit silly, trying to force the characters into unlikely scenarios that inevitably are interesting historical events. For this, and many other reasons I’ll enumerate later on, I REALLY disliked The Mammoth Book of Jacobean Whodunnits.

For full review http://ireadalotofbooks.com/
Ralph Pifer
This is a buffet of short mystery stroies by a range of authors set during the Jacobean period. Many good brief reads.
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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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