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The first Black Beacon Book of Mystery brings you original and reprinted tales from locked-room mysteries and armchair detective puzzles to noir adventures and police investigations. It includes a brilliant Sherlock Holmes pastiche and the second Oscar Tremont novella. This is the perfect anthology for the avid mystery fan. Follow the clues, put all the pieces together, an ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by Black Beacon Books
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P.J. Mordant
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great set of mystery stories. An eclectic mix of locked rooms, sleuths and there's even a Holmesian pastiche (or I should say, a Watsonian pastiche, lol!). I loved the writing in the two freak-show stories (difficult subject), Lupton's "Sunset for the Tattooed Lady" in particular was full of wit ("Fast Freddie, the Legless Wonder, lol.) Interesting info too, like the knife thrower who has his knives weighted sufficiently to stick to the target wheel but 'not enough to kill his wife if he misses. ...more
Danielle
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I was given a review copy of The Black Beacon Book of Mystery. After reading it cover to cover, I was again reminded why I’ve always loved diving into a good mystery. This anthology delivers an eclectic mix of stories with thrilling twists and turns that led me down a merry path to, at times, a deliciously hellish existence. The settings were varied and the characters nefarious and roguish, from bloody-minded detectives to circus freaks committing heinous crimes.

Of notable mention is The Case o
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Karen
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short story collections are one of my favourite things, ideal to dip in and out of (very useful right now at Tour de France time when I'm awake way too late and easily distracted), and they are all the more enjoyable when populated by a rich variety of storytelling styles and subjects. As is the case with the BLACK BEACON BOOK OF MYSTERY.

Made up of a couple of novella length stories, surrounded by some really interesting forms of shorter crime fiction, this is a combination of original and repr
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Fiona G-reads
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was my first foray into mystery for a very long time and this collection did not disappoint. There is something here for every mystery lover - historical, contemporary, Australian, European and U.K., locked room mysteries, police investigations, retired detectives. There’s also a mix of story lengths, perfect for the daily commute, or your morning coffee.

My favorites, without giving too much away, were an Aussie story that embodies the Australian small town touring/camping experience (
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Karen
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent selection of stories to suit every mystery fan. Usually, with anthologies, I find there are a couple of stories I love, a few that I find uninteresting, and the rest I enjoy, but this one was enjoyment all the way.
B.P. Marshall
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this one - great fun, some great takes on mystery tropes, and an all-round good collection of styles and tales.
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Cameron Trost is an author of mystery and suspense fiction best known for his puzzles featuring Oscar Tremont, Investigator of the Strange and Inexplicable. He has published one novel, "The Tunnel Runner", and two collections, "Hoffman's Creeper and Other Disturbing Tales" and "The Animal Inside". Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Cameron lives with his wife and two sons near Guérande in southe ...more

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