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Murder on the Short List
     

Murder on the Short List

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by Peter Lovesey
 

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This is "Peter Lovesey's Short List" of his best ever short stories, including the Crime Writers' Association's best short story of 2007, "Needle Match", and featuring some of his most popular detectives - Bertie, Prince of Wales, Sergeant Cribb and Rosemary and Thyme. Surprises are guaranteed, as elephants appear in a London side street; a gang of geriatrics goes on

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This is "Peter Lovesey's Short List" of his best ever short stories, including the Crime Writers' Association's best short story of 2007, "Needle Match", and featuring some of his most popular detectives - Bertie, Prince of Wales, Sergeant Cribb and Rosemary and Thyme. Surprises are guaranteed, as elephants appear in a London side street; a gang of geriatrics goes on a hearing aid heist and an underworld boss searches for a harp. Join the author in a brush with Adolf Hitler and take a walk on Beachy Head, the UK's favourite suicide spot...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Crippen and Landru's third collection of Lovesey's short mysteries is another triumph that brilliantly demonstrates the British author's range and wit. Lovesey, whose recent novels have been the superb fair-play puzzlers featuring Peter Diamond and Hen Mallin (The Secret Hangman, etc.), revives his earlier sleuths, the dogged Sergeant Cribb (in a Jack-the-Ripper-like whodunit, "Razor Bill") and the clueless Bertie, prince of Wales (in "Bertie and the Christmas Tree"), both of Victorian vintage. "Needle Match," which was chosen by the Crime Writers Association as the best short story of 2007, is a masterful example of misdirection set at Wimbledon in 1981 during a fiercely fought tennis match. Each of the 14 stories offers something to appeal to every mystery reader, no matter what subgenre is his or her favorite.
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Kirkus Reviews
Fourteen short stories originally published between 2003 and 2007-with one exception harking back to 1989-that do full credit to Lovesey's reputation as a Diamond Dagger winner. The earliest, "The Munich Posture," places a Hitler doppelganger in the path of a charm-school prankster. "Needle Match," which the Crime Writers' Association named the best short story of 2007, resolves a Wimbledon catastrophe 24 years later. The most enchanting entry, "Bertie and the Christmas Tree," finds Prince Albert deferring to the skills of Lovesey's Victorian sleuth Sgt. Cribb, who pops around to deal with a prostitute's murder in "Razor Bill." Yuletide surfaces once more in the murders of two carolers in "The Case of the Dead Wait." Husbands are treated roughly in "The Field," "A Blow on the Head" and "Window of Opportunity." A son-in-law succumbs to a lottery winner in "Bullets." And a split personality dominates "Popping Round to the Post." But it's not all bad news. The aged receive new hearing aids in "Say That Again," and a mobster look-alike sports a spiffy new outfit in "The Best Suit." "The Man Who Jumped for England" features some appealingly tricky wordplay, but the heist of a harp in "Second Strings," with its twist on cunning twist, will linger longest in readers' minds. A roundup of the most genial puzzles from Lovesey (The Headhunters, 2008, etc.) presents a welcome relief from the noir psychodramas so many other practitioners have on offer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781448300556
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
611,164
File size:
512 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Lovesey is the author of 26 highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the CWA Gold, Silver, and Diamond Daggers (for Lifetime Achievement) as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.

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