Best British Mysteries 2005

Overview

Since the golden age of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, British mystery-writers have captivated readers all over the world. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, British mysteries are more popular than ever. This collection brings together the most spine-tingling, page-turning stories by Britain’s greatest exponents of the genre.

Every mystery-lover will relish Ian Rankin’s gripping Rebus mystery (Tell Me Who to Kill); Reginald Hill’s new Dalziel and Pascoe ...

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Overview

Since the golden age of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, British mystery-writers have captivated readers all over the world. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, British mysteries are more popular than ever. This collection brings together the most spine-tingling, page-turning stories by Britain’s greatest exponents of the genre.

Every mystery-lover will relish Ian Rankin’s gripping Rebus mystery (Tell Me Who to Kill); Reginald Hill’s new Dalziel and Pascoe story (The Game of Dog); an exclusive new adventure for John Mortimer’s loveable Rumpole of the Bailey (Rumpole and the Scales of Justice); and a long-awaited, one-off return from Colin Dexter (The Double Crossing).

With new stories from bestselling writers Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Lindsey Davis and Peter Robinson, and exclusive stories from some of Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming young crime-writers, this bumper collection is a devilishly good read - and the perfect gift for any mystery-lover.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Best British Mysteries, an anthology edited by Maxim Jakubowski, collects 25 outstanding short crime stories published in 2002. Many of the authors among them, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anne Perry, Bill James and Peter Lovesey will be familiar to American readers. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
The Best British Mysteries feature short stories by well-known authors such as Ian Rankin, Simon Brett, Anne Perry, Peter Robinson, Peter Lovesey and John Harvey. But the book also includes lesser-known authors who are just as talented such as Edward Marston and Bill James. This list of authors alone demonstrates the vast genres included within this book. Some of the authors stick with characters that are familiar from their series, while others spread their wings and try different situations, characters and genres.

The book is a valuable guide to anyone trying to learn more about British mysteries. Any reader could sit down with this book and find at least one author they were interested in perusing. For me, this book made me want to retry Ian Rankin. Although the one book I had previously read by him was a disappointment, his short story showed that he has real talent." -- Reviewingtheevidence.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749082000
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/30/2005
  • Series: Best British Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 341
  • Sales rank: 882,618
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

MAXIM HAKUBOWSKI is a crime critic for the Guardian, a novelist, and the literary director of Crime Scene, a festival held annually at London’s National Film Theatre. A regular broadcaster on radio and TV, Maxim runs one of the largest crime bookstores worldwide, which is situated in London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Tell Me Who to Kill 11
Geezers 31
Rumpole and the Scales of Justice 43
School Gate Mums 71
The Cairo Road 85
Esther Gordon Framlingham 93
No One Can Hear You Scream 103
Chance 119
Something Spooky on Geophys 133
Tails 143
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 163
The Field 175
Turning it Round 187
Closer to the Flame 193
Best Eaten Cold 209
The Game of Dog 215
American Waitress 231
Caveat Emptor 245
The Sitting Tenant 261
The Consolation Blonde 271
Dancing Towards the Blade 281
Indicator 297
Shadow on the Water 317
Murder by Ghost 325
Room to Move 345
Like an Arrangement 351
Majumdar Uncle 361
The Double Crossing 371
Acknowledgments 381
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