Deep Waters

Deep Waters

by Martin Edwards (Editor)


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Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

From picturesque canals to the swirling currents of the ocean, a world of secrets lies buried beneath the surface of the water. Dubious vessels crawl along riverbeds, while the murky depths conceal more than one gruesome murder.

The stories in this collection will dredge up delight in crime fiction fans, as watery graves claim unintended dwellers and disembodied whispers penetrate the sleeping quarters of a ship's captain. How might a thief plot their escape from a floating crime scene? And what is to follow when murder victims, lost to the ocean floor, inevitably resurface?

This British Library anthology uncovers the best mysteries set below the surface, including stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, William Hope Hodgson, and R. Austin Freeman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464211775
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: British Library Crime Classics Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 314,337
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer best known for two series of novels set in Liverpool and the Lake District. He is series consultant for British Library Crime Classics, the Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association, and President of the Detection Club. The Golden Age of Murder, his study of the Detection Club, was published in 2015 to international acclaim, and has been nominated for both the Edgar and Agatha awards for the year's best book about the genre.

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Deep Waters 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
karina dumiati 12 months ago
Sixteen short stories all relating to water,be it rivers,seasides,estuaries, pools and so on. And ranging in style from classic murder mysteries to tales of the unexpected. Some are good,very good indeed,and some do not quite enchant me so much. But one of the great advantages and delights of these anthologies is the fact that you are introduced to different writers(some famous like Arthur Conan Doyle,C.S.Forester,Michael Innes and some now long forgotten) and their different approach to the "murder mystery". And notwithstanding the fact that some were written more than a century ago,they are still highly readable and are still a wonderfull source of bookish pleasure.
AMGiacomasso More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of British Library Crime Classic's books and I still have to find one that disappoint me. This book was no exceptions. All stories were well written and engrossing and I discovered new to me authors. An entertaining and gripping read. I look forward to reading another book in this collection. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
leylaj More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy the anthologies written by Martin Edwards. This one relates to mysteries associated with water, as with all mixed short stories, some of them are good others not so much, but as always the introduction to all stories and authors are very interesting. These are a collection of stories that encompass the period of the times they were written and the people that wrote them.
Yibbie More than 1 year ago
For a mystery-loving landlubber such as myself, these stories provide a fun glimpse into a new setting. It starts off with a tried and true pleaser, The Adventure of the ‘Gloria Scott’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Then it moves on to a fine assortment of stories all tied in some manner to water; whether it’s oceans, streams, or pools of it. Beyond that and the element of mystery, these stories vary widely. They feature police detectives, private eyes, amateur sleuths, or writers all caught up in theft, blackmail, fraud, or murder. Some of the stories have a supernatural element, such as L.T Meade’s The Eight-Mile Lock & Bullion! by William Hope Hodgson. One or two even have an element of sci-fi. Some of the stories are lighthearted and humorous; while others are dark and gruesome. I really enjoyed that variety. It was fun not knowing what the crime would be, who the detective would be, or even where it would be set. It also introduced me to several new authors most of whose writing I really enjoyed. There was one story that I really didn’t like, and that was The Swimming Pool by H. C. Bailey. His writing style was so unusual that I had a hard time understanding it. Especially in the dialogue, it was choppy in the extreme; with fragments seeming to be the preferred style. The plot was good, but I couldn’t get past the writing style. That one also had the majority of the curse words in the book. As side from the aforementioned story, this book is quite clean. There were only a couple of more curse words in the other stories. I received this book as a free ARC through NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press. No favorable review was required, and it was my pleasure to provide my honest opinions.
Vesper1931 More than 1 year ago
A collection of sixteen stories all with a connection to water, published from the 1890s onwards. Displaying a vast range of different writing styles I did enjoy most of the stories, but the two I probably liked the most were Bullion and Seasprite.