Thou Shalt Not Kill: Biblical Mystery Stories

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The greatest story ever told; the rise and fall of civilizations, empires, kings, despots, prophets and disciples; tales of love, betrayal, revenge, war, and disaster, the most fundamental and eternal myths and fables of Judeo-Christian society; the end of the world -the Bible has all of these. And now acclaimed mystery author Anne Perry has culled together an extraordinary list of writers—from Sharyn McCrumb, Carole Nelson Douglas, Robert Barnard, Marcia Talley, Susan Moody and Peter Lovesey to Sharan Newman, ...

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Hardcover New Ships From Canada. New. No dust jacket as issued. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 299 p. Audience: General/trade. From Publishers Weekly: Perry's impressive ... all-original anthology of 15 biblically based whodunits spans the ages from ancient times to the present. Topnotch entries include Gillian Linscott's "'"A Blessing of Frogs, "'" about the murder of a baker within a pharaoh's household; Peter Tremayne's "'"Does God Obey His Own Laws? A Sister Fidelma Story, "'" featuring his brilliant Irish nun; Lillian Stewart Carl's "'"Way Down in Egypt's Land, "'" a marvelous tale about 19th-century slavery; and Ralph McInerny's winning "'"Fear and Trembling: A Father Dowling Mystery. "'" The opener, Simon Brett's "'"Cain Was Innocent, "'" with its biting dialogue bordering on the blasphemous and swipes at the current U.S. president, may put off some readers. Perry's "'"Lost Causes, "'" about a British barrister who defends a man accused of murdering his brother, makes a splendid finale. (Ja. Read more Show Less

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The greatest story ever told; the rise and fall of civilizations, empires, kings, despots, prophets and disciples; tales of love, betrayal, revenge, war, and disaster, the most fundamental and eternal myths and fables of Judeo-Christian society; the end of the world -the Bible has all of these. And now acclaimed mystery author Anne Perry has culled together an extraordinary list of writers—from Sharyn McCrumb, Carole Nelson Douglas, Robert Barnard, Marcia Talley, Susan Moody and Peter Lovesey to Sharan Newman, Nancy Pickard, Reginald Hill, Gillian Linscott, Simon Brett, and Peter Robinson—to contribute all new mystery and crime stories inspired by and based on these most ancient of biblical tales. From Sampson and Delilah to David and Goliath; from Mount Sinai to the Last Supper, Thou Shalt Not Kill explores the stories of the bible as chilling expressions of the most basic instincts found in the Good Book. With fifteen unique and inspired twists on the traditional mystery story, Thou Shalt Not Kill is an inimitable edition to any library.

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Perry's impressive all-original anthology of 15 biblically based whodunits spans the ages from ancient times to the present. Topnotch entries include Gillian Linscott's "A Blessing of Frogs," about the murder of a baker within a pharaoh's household; Peter Tremayne's "Does God Obey His Own Laws? A Sister Fidelma Story," featuring his brilliant Irish nun; Lillian Stewart Carl's "Way Down in Egypt's Land," a marvelous tale about 19th-century slavery; and Ralph McInerny's winning "Fear and Trembling: A Father Dowling Mystery." The opener, Simon Brett's "Cain Was Innocent," with its biting dialogue bordering on the blasphemous and swipes at the current U.S. president, may put off some readers. Perry's "Lost Causes," about a British barrister who defends a man accused of murdering his brother, makes a splendid finale. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Were biblical times more pious than our own? These 15 new stories suggest that criminal violence goes on forever. What counts as a biblical mystery? The most frequent answer here is latter-day allegory. Marcia Talley offers a female take on Cain and Abel, Brendan DuBois updates the story of David and Bathsheba, editor Perry brings Absalom's murder of his brother into the courtroom, Martin Edwards revisits the punishment of Jezebel, Judith Cutler the heroism of Judith, Peter Robinson the decorous horror of Salome and Carole Nelson Douglas, in the most complex and evocative of these entries, the magical episode of Lot's hospitality to strangers. Sometimes the allegory is more strained, as in Gillian Linscott's tale of Egyptian frogs and Bill Crider's modern crucifixion, or thin, as in Lillian Stewart Carl's parable of murder on a slave plantation. The clerical sleuths of Ralph McInerny and Peter Tremayne seem naturals for this company, but Father Dowling's case is merely routine, while Sister Fidelma grapples with a vexing theological conundrum. Meantime, Simon Brett's ebullient heavenly inquest into Cain's guilt trumps its more self-serious brethren, and Edward Marston and Sharan Newman produce inventive, appealing anecdotes by forsaking close biblical parallels for a medieval world that seems almost biblical itself. If there's a moral here, it's that the justice system, with its emphasis on crime and punishment, may be a modern invention, but that sin is eternal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786715756
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

A blessing of frogs 155
Corpus Christi 177
Fear and trembling : a Father Dowling story 193
The deadly bride 211
Birthday dance 229
The queen is dead, long live the queen 241
Does God obey his own law? : a Sister Fidelma story 251
Lost causes 275
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