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A New Omnibus of Crime

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In 1929, Dorothy L. Sayers published her landmark anthology, The Omnibus of Crime. More recently, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert decided it was time to produce a definitive new anthology representing the best of the genre since then - the critically acclaimed A New Omnibus of Crime. This extraordinary collection emphasizes the most exciting styles and voices in each g ...more
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Carla Remy
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-mystery
This book compiles a healthy assortment of "crime" stories from 1932 (Sayers) up to the 2000s. I was familiar with a good deal of the early stuff (Hammett/Chandler/Highsmith), but it was good to read it all again (because, honestly, my memory is only so good). The Frederic Brown story here is so entertaining I plan to read one of his novels. A Ross MacDonald one is so good it leaves me shocked that I've never read all of his shorter fiction. Disliking its title, I've always stayed away from the ...more
Picked this one up because I've already read seven of the twenty-seven stories (and that's just based on recognizing the titles; it's entirely possible I've read the Rumpole story and some of the others as well), and they are good stories, so that gives very good odds for the stories I haven't read yet being good as well.

Returned to the library on July 9th, as part of clearing out space.
Gabriel Valjan
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Editors Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert and Contributing Editors Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver put together a new collection of crime fiction – the “new” is a tip of the hat out of respect for Dorothy L. Sayers, who had edited previous omnibuses and no slouch in the genre herself, with her Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey creations.

There is a little something for everyone here and the stories almost flow in chronological order of publication. I do think that you’ll see how tastes have cha
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A must for any lover of crime fiction.
Shelves: mysteries
Three-quarters of a century ago, Dorothy L. Sayers, the doyenne of mystery writers, assembled an anthology of work by her peers that provided an overview of the genre in 1928.

Now, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert have followed suit in providing a new anthology which seeks to do the same for mystery writing in the modern era.

Whether they have succeeded in providing a gathering equivalent to that of Miss Sayers may depend as much on personal taste of the reader as on the quality of the assemble
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is definitely one that stays on my shelf.The selection of writers and the chosen stories are just perfect to illustrate the intended goal of the editors Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert.Thank you Tony ,you left us too soon.It's hard to pick a favorite from this smorgasbord;The Crime of Miss Oyster Brown by Peter Lovesey is surely one,as is The Man Who Knew How by Dorothy L. Sanders and,of course,Rumpole and the Bubble Repution by John Mortimer.There are some really dark stories here whic ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A must read for readers of crime fiction and also for those who aren't into crime novels but want a taster of the genre.
The book covers a century of crime writing. The short stories portray a changing genre. Instead of focusing mainly on the omnicient sleuth/detective who is presented with a case to solve, the stories mostly focus on the criminal's psyche. Varying themes threaten the balance of the psyche and force a sometimes sane person into crime: love/hate for women and for pets is a main in
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fine blend of different styles and stories. Personally, I didn't like the Dorothy L Sayers and some of the older stories, though Hammett was a great contrast to the cosies. Tony Hillerman's Navajo detective Chee was interesting, but my faves were by Ed McBain, Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard. Superb.
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Tony Hillerman, who was born in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, was a decorated combat veteran from World War II, serving as a mortarman in the 103rd Infantry Division and earning the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. Later, he worked as a journalist from 1948 to 1962. Then he earned a Masters degree and taught journalism from 1966 to 1987 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, wh ...more
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