H.R.F Keating, author of The Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for teh Times of London, offers a concise commentary on the finest mystery books ever written. From Poe's tales of mystery and imagination to P.D. James's A Taste for Death, Keating delivers a highly-readable evaluation of the 100 authors and their masterpieces. This collection is a must for all devoted mystery readers. "Something to offer almost everyone. If you are only just embarking on a life of crime fiction...a reliable guide." -The New York Times "Remarkably balanced and highly entertaining." -Library Journal "Keating, himself a mystery writer of note, has compiled a truly standout survey...This is a gold mine of lively writing, sensible insights and easy-going erudition." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "Ideal browsing fare." -Booklist
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H.R.F. Keating, well-known as a crime writer himself and critic for The Times, has done crime and mystery fans a great service in creating this book, his choice of the hundred best of the genre.
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Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Keating seems like a very nice man. Earnest and sincere. I think I've read just about all of critical items in his book (though not in order) -- usually just after I have read the title in question. He does not take many chances and feels queasy out on a limb. If you like his Inspector Ghote series, I would guess that you will agree with his choices of "the best". He generally tends to favor a book the closer it comes to "literary" literature. He values "good" writing, character development, moral clarity. Not bad things, I guess. One thing I have to respect is that he includes books that he himself does not really enjoy, because he recognizes their merits regardless. Example, Guns Before Butter by Nicolas Freeling. One interesting, though probably not surprising, observation -- when comparing Keating's assessments with those of Barzun & Taylor in Catalogue of Crime, they almost never agree. For one example among many, The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers.
Keating chooses his 100 best crime & mystery novels writing short (2-page) capsule reviews for each. He starts with Wilkie Collins and ends with P.D. James. Some interesting suggestions and observations in here.