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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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Murder by any other name is still murder, unless it has an Irish flavor. Then `tis Murder Most IRISH, a bold anthology of short stories... of Irish crime and detective fiction. A favorite Irish song begins: "When Irish eyes are smiling, sure t'is like a morn in spring." For many Americans, Ireland is still most closely associated with the movies of Bin
Paperback, 596 pages
Published October 2002 by Barnes & Noble Books (first published 1996)
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Karen Douglass
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I rationed the stories because I wanted them to last forever. The selections were deeply affecting, no lightweight reading here. The longer pieces never fell into the sentimental view of Ireland, and in fact, taught me a lot about my own ancestral home. I highly recommend the book. But don't expect rainbows and wee folk. ...more
Stories from a few pages to novel length. High murder, low murder, all around the town murder.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. It took me quite a while to slog through this one--it contains 15 short stories and 2 novels! Okay, so some of the stories were quite short (Joyce=<2 pages) but still... And I did stop to read another book while in the middle of this one. Taken as a whole this is a very entertaining and wildly diverse compilation of tales. I completely enjoyed it. If pressed, I would choose the first (Hemlock at Vespers) and the last (The Dublin Eye) as my favorites, the settings of which are separate ...more
Steph (loves water)
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Totally enjoyed this, love the authors!
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Remember when there were magazines of mystery short stories? Classy short stories? This anthology is reminiscent of those magazines. (Apparently the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is still available, but it's been decades since I've seen it for sale at a corner store.) All the stories have Irish characters, settings or authors. A thick book with skinny pages, it manages to include two novels: Blood is Thicker by Anne C. Fallon and A Stone of the Heart by John Brady. Each are the first volume in s ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: af-mystery
Good selection of stories.
Andrea Elkins
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: discards
Meh. I finished a number of the short stories and one novelette. Couldn't force myself to complete the first novel and abandoned the collection at a campground library. ...more
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a Barnes and Noble book edited by Ed Gorman, Larry Segriff, and Martin H. Greenberg that I picked up for next to nothing at the Animal Humane Society book sale. The editors brought together a range of different Irish authors with stories from several different decades and provides a diverse Ireland: north and south, rural and urban, older and modern. Unfortunately, the stories are uneven and because of this, the collection is a little disappointing. James Joyce is the first author listed ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a good collection of mystery/suspense/detective fiction, ranging from the very short story (a couple of pages) to the short novel. Some of the stories are set in modern times but far enough back that "The Troubles" are a major consideration in the storyline. Despite the murder theme, I enjoyed most of the stories. There were good characters and plot twists that kept me reading. Many of the stories were set in Dublin or the north, neither of which I visited, but a few were set in parts of ...more
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
A collection of short stories (mostly murder mysteries), written by the Irish, about the Irish. Some were better, some were worse. My favorite was one with a love quadrangle. Brother and sister live together. Brother and friend both pursue the same woman, sister loves the friend. Brother ends up dead, with his plan to kill his friend gone awry. What with one thing and another, the killer escapes man's justice, but cosmic justice wins out in the end (you just have to read it). ...more
Beth in SF
Big book of short stories ranging from bad to mediocre, all set in Ireland. One story, by Peter Tremayne, had practically every character biting their lip. "She bit her lip"..."as he bit his lip"..."Mother Superior bit her lip as she..." When I start yelling at a book, you know it's bad. ...more
Apr 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
decent collection of stories by authors like joyce, fallon, o'failain.... ...more
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Edward Joseph Gorman spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field.

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