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Ever since its creation in 1953, the Crime Writers' Association has celebrated and championed the very best in the field of murder and mystery. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of this esteemed organisation, Mysterious Pleasures offers a unique collection of short stories from its most illustrious members.

All of the contributors to this anthology have won the CWA's prestigious Diamond or Gold Dagger Awards, served as chairman, or, in many cases, all three. From Eric Ambler to ...

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2004 Trade Paperback Grade: C Catalog: Mystery Crime Synopsis: 370 pages. Ever since its creation, the Crime Writers' Association has championed the very best in murder and ... mystery. Now, to commemorate the 50th an... Read more Show Less

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Overview

Ever since its creation in 1953, the Crime Writers' Association has celebrated and championed the very best in the field of murder and mystery. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of this esteemed organisation, Mysterious Pleasures offers a unique collection of short stories from its most illustrious members.

All of the contributors to this anthology have won the CWA's prestigious Diamond or Gold Dagger Awards, served as chairman, or, in many cases, all three. From Eric Ambler to Ian Rankin, Dick Francis to Ruth Rendell, John Creasey to Sara Paretsky, here are tales that alternately tantalise, intrigue, shock, surprise and thrill -- a myriad of styles united only by subject matter and the sheer quality of the writing.

A box of delights, some hard-centred, some soft, some sprinkled with a smidgen of poison, Mysterious Pleasures is a must-read for fans of crime fiction everywhere.

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Did you know that the much-prized Gold Dagger Award given out by the British Crime Writers' Association was known as the "Crossed Red Herring Award" when the group had its first luncheon in 1953? (It went to Winston Graham, of Poldark fame.) Editor Edwards notes this without apparent irony in his introduction to a well-chosen collection of stories by CWA award winners put together to mark the golden anniversary of the influential organization-a shrewd mixture of old favorites such as Margery Allingham's "One Morning They'll Hang Him" and John Creasey's "The Chief Witness" (according to Edwards, one third of CWA's early members "happened to be Creasey himself under his many pseudonyms") and eight new tales written for this anthology by such big names as Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin. The stories cover the range of what we've come to expect from British crime fiction at its best, from the traditional cop on the beat story with a twist in its tail (Hill's "The Game of the Dog") to McDermid's tough and dark "The Consolation Blonde," which appropriately enough is about a male writer who loses a major literary award and takes out his frustration on his date. This could be the perfect volume to take along on your next trip to England, especially with all the recent airport delays. (Apr. 1) Forecast: Despite its import status, this one should sell well to fans of British mysteries given the all-star cast of contributors. Other tales original to this anthology are by Robert Barnard, Lindsey Davis, H.R.F. Keating and Peter Lovesey. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316725637
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 370
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Introduction vii
One Morning They'll Hang Him 1
The Blood Bargain 19
Everybody's Girl 35
The Mystery of the Child's Toy 51
The Chief Witness 69
Indian Rope Trick 91
Something Spooky on Geophys 113
The Double Crossing 125
The Gift 135
The Twist 157
Judith 161
Name of Smith 175
The Game of Dog 181
The Hound of the Hanging Gardens 197
The Man who Jumped for England 209
The Interview 223
The Consolation Blonde 241
At the 'Century of Progress' 253
Guide to Doom 279
Tell Me Who to Kill 285
When the Wedding Was Over 309
The Tigers of Subtopia 335
Mugs 355
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