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Past Poisons: An Ellis Peters Memorial Anthology of Historic Crime

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Edith Pargeter, who also writes under the name Ellis Peters, previously combined her passion for history and storytelling in her creation of the much-loved monk, Brother Cadfael. It was she who paved the way for many others to explore the past through the thriving field of historical mysteries, and for this she was loved by readers and other writers alike. Past Poisons is ...more
Paperback, 469 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by iBooks (first published 1998)
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Serena
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, anthology
3.8 stars

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Gail Overholt
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Finally!! It's finished! Whew.

Some stories were great, others, meh. Some memorable, others, not so much. In more than a few, I guessed the perpetrator beforehand, but that has never lessened my enjoyment of a mystery. The saying goes, we're entertained when we predict the outcome, but also when we're surprised by it.

Initially, I gave the book 3 stars, but as I reread the stories, I realize there are many more that I enjoy rather than dislike. Some of my favorites include:

1. "Death by Eros" by S
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Anne
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I discovered Ellis Peters (nom de plume of British historian Edith Pargeter) nearly two decades before I learned that she had pretty much invented the historical mystery novel. I was really lucky, then, to start with the best.

This is a great collection of short mystery stories from all time periods, mostly set in Europe. Some are better than others, and the authors' styles are varied enough so that any fan of historical mystery should find at least a few that he or she enjoys immensely.
kerrycat
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read the Mamur Zapt (Michael Pearce) story - and aside from Owen cheating on Zeinab (how COULD he?) it was great fun. I wish I could slap Owen for that, though. Very bad boy.
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