Six Against the Yard
In this unique collection, legendary crime writers Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers and Russell Thorndike each attempt to create the unsolvabl...more
A couple of the stories were excellent and the others were good. I won't spoil it but clearly it is more difficult to execute (pardon the pun) a real life perfect crime tha ...more
“Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them an ...more
Cornish didn't seem to think any of the six would really 'pass', for various reasons, but ...more
Here's the thing: are all ...more
I thought the murders described were really gruesome an ...more
I really like the "old" mystery writers - they're what I grew up on. So the stories here were of a familiar type and I had read some of the authors.
HOWEVER, especially the second story, the OCR program used (I'm presuming) garbles the text so badly that, especially at the beginning of the story, there were whole passages which were incomprehensible. They sounded as if they'd been written by the translation program FaceBook uses (just try that one sometime!). ...more
I mainly picked this up because two of the stories were written by Allingham and Sayers - and those were the two I enjoyed the most. Of the remaining four stories, one was marred by the odd line appearing to be missing, two I disliked intensely, and one was ...more
The idea behind this book was for six great detective writers – Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Father Ronald Knox, Dorothy Sayers, and Russell Thorndike – to w ...more
It took me a little while to get through the collection, with the stories I didn't enjoy so much slowing me down along with the ex-detective's narration proving a better idea in theory than in execution. These sections sometimes highlighted a different, interesting viewpoint - a little like when you discuss a book wi ...more
Anyways, I was quite impressed with "Six Against the Yard". There was really one story that I didn't enjoy.
I found the idea so fascinating. Six authors vs an ex-superintendent of the Scotland Yard.
The idea of a perfect murder is one that has been around for a while. And the question is, is there ever a perfect murder? Did any of these authors do it? Well, my friends, you will have to read the book to find out!
I personally believe that there is no s ...more
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t ...more