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Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books

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H.R.F Keating, author of The Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for the Times of London, offers a concise commentary on the finest mystery books ever written. From Poe's tales of mystery and imagination to P. D. James's A Taste for Death, Keating delivers a highly-readable evaluation of 100 authors and their masterpieces. This collection is a must for all devoted mystery ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 19th 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published 1987)
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Bev
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H. R. F. Keating's Crime & Mystery: The One Hunderd Best Books (1987) gives mystery readers his highly authoritative list of the best in crime and mystery fiction to that date. Is it a subjective list--of course. Any list of the best of anything is going to be subjective. But Keating is a well-respected mystery author in his own right as well as a critic for The Times and has a pretty fair knowledge of the genre. We may quibble over the lack of one of our favorites or the submission of a ...more
Jill Hutchinson
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The noted author H.R.F. Keating chooses his favorite 100 best mystery books and I agree with most of them. I have to admit, there were at least two of which I was unfamiliar but I was also relieved to see that I have read the majority of them. This is a little book that every mystery lover should have in their collection.
Toby
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I trust H.R.F. Keating's judgment when it comes to crime fiction. The man is clearly enamoured of the genre (much like my impression of P.D. James after reading Talking About Detective Fiction) and you don't get to review crime fiction for The Times if your opinion is a bit shit.

Upon reading his synopses and opinions in this book I decided to attempt to read them all. Over the course of my life, not this week. If ever there was a respected list to educate the casual fan of the crime genre then
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Paul Hasbrouck
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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All lovers of the mystery story should have this book. Read the excellent mini-reviews of classic mysteries and discover ones that you have missed. It was published in 1987, but it is still fun.
Randy Money
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Good fun testing my preferences against the preferences of someone more widely read in the genre than I am. First published in 1987, the later choices made by Keating seem to me to hold up -- even the ones I haven't read I've heard of. This book will be influencing my future reading.
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Henry Reymond Fitzwalter Keating was an English writer of crime fiction most notable for his series of novels featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID.

H. R. F. KEATING was well versed in the worlds of crime, fiction and nonfiction. He was the crime books reviewer for The Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the chairman of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors. He
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