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Women Sleuths: Academy Mystery Novellas

(Academy Mystery #1)

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
G.D.H. and Margaret Cole, "The Toys of Death;" An engaging little old lady solves a baffling murder on the south coast of England. Mignon Eberhart, "The Calico Dog;" Susan Dare accepts what is certainly "an invitation to murder" when she gets involved iwth conflicting claimants to a large fortune. Marcia Muller, "The Broken Men;" San Francisco investigator Sharon McCone gu ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Chicago Review Press (first published 1985)
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Women Sleuths (1985), edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Bill Pronzini, features three novellas from the 1930s and one first published in 1985. It is the first in a five-volume series of Academy Chicago anthologies*. I enjoyed this small collection even though two out of the three (Eberhart & Woolrich) were rereads for me. In fact, I just read "The Book That Squealed" this year in Rear Window, a collection of pre-1969 Woolrich stories. It was definietly nice to see the women take center stage ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up a series of mystery ‘short story’ compilations at the SPCA book store and I’ll be reviewing these next. There are only four novellas per book so I’ll try and get all three books done and posted this week in the place of the usual Wednesday and Friday posts.

First on the block is the Academy Mystery Novellas Volume 1: Women Sleuths .

The Toys of Death by G.D.H. and Margaret Cole is about the murder of a writer who makes a habit of giving high hopes to young people and dashing them as h
WOMEN SLEUTHS, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Bill Pronzini
1985, #1 Academy Mystery Novellas
Superb collection showcasing four stories that have pretty much been overlooked - too long for most anthologies, and too short to be reprinted on their own, with a short (but tasty) introduction.

THE TOYS OF DEATH, G.D.H. Cole/Margaret Cole
1939, Mrs. Warrender, a nice little old lady
[novella, amateur sleuth - A-toA/4.25]
The unassuming mother of a detective on holiday at the seaside solves several intertwin
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
"Many of the short novels in this exciting new series have never before been collected. The editors have chosen works by some of the most respected writers of mystery fiction and have organized these novellas into separate genres."
~~back cover

Not as much fun as I thought it was going to be. Of the four novellas, only one was worth reading, imho, which is as much a function of the mystery genres I do and don't enjoy as it is of the writing. I'm still very much an English cozy fan, so crime fictio
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Above average, but not exceptional.
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Shelves: mystery, shortstories, own
A fun re-read.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.

For the 1950s anthologist and publisher of Gnome Press, see Martin Greenberg.

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