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A never-before-published collection of historical mysteries from today's top writers.

Bruce Alexander
• Margaret Coel
• Andrew ...
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A never-before-published collection of historical mysteries from today's top writers.

Bruce Alexander
• Margaret Coel
• Andrew Greeley
• H.R.F. Keating
• Peter Lovesey
• Sharyn McCrumb
• Miriam Grace Monfredo
• Peter Robinson
• Harry Turtledove and many others!
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Editorial Reviews

A Attempting to review this book is a daunting task, because of the scope of the material—56 short stories spanning 1915 to 1999. The stories were selected from past volumes of The Best American Short Stories of The Year. Katrina Kenison, who co-edited this expanded edition with John Updike, presents a historical perspective on the series in her Foreword, while Updike's Introduction provides some insight regarding his means of selecting stories for this collection. First, Updike wanted his choices "to reflect the century, with each decade given roughly equal weight." His second criterion was to exclude stories that did not take place in the U.S. or "Anglophone Canada." There are some well-known works in this collection, such as John Cheever's "A Country Husband" and Philip Roth's "Defender of the Faith." Less familiar works by other famous writers are also included, like Katherine Anne Porter's "Theft," Richard Wright's "Bright and Morning Star," and Tennessee William's "The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin." One of the surprise favorites for me was a disturbing story by Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Another engaging selection is Thom Jones' 1993 story, "I Want to Live!," a heart-wrenching yet humorous tale about a woman's struggle with cancer. This collection is valuable to anyone who is interested in the short story as a genre of writing, as an art form. One can read through these short stories and see how the craft of short story writing has progressed and changed throughout the 20th century. I would recommend this book for its historical interest and sheer literary value. Because there are so many tales from different perspectivesin this book, there are selections with violent or sexual themes. I believe the quality of the writing outweighs this concern, and this book is appropriate for mature readers. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, 864p, $18.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Janice Bees; Freelance Reviewer, Chicago, IL, September 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425175095
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Series: Crime Through Time Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent historical mystery anthology

    Fans of historical mysteries will have a very good time perusing the third collection in an excellent anthology series. Editor Sharyn Newman has accumulated a variety of superb stories that will satisfy most readers with its strong contents. The introduction written by talented Victorian mystery author Anne Perry provides insight into the book, series, and overall sub-genre. <P>Many popular writers have contributed tales about their famous characters. Steven Sayor includes a new Gordionus story while Bruce Alexander provides a well-written original story. Miriam Grave Monefredi combines her Civil War knowledge with a Viet Nam widow¿s loss. Jan Burke, known for her police procedurals and amateur sleuths has written a historical supernatural mystery. Even alternate history great Harry Turtledove has entered the foray. All the stories are entertaining and fun to read, making this short story collection worth keeping. <P>Harriet Klausner

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