The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories

The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories

by Patricia Craig (Editor)

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The scene: a sleeping car on the North-Western express, somewhere between Preston and Carlisle. The weapon: a small-caliber revolver. The victims: two young newlyweds, with little money and no known enemies. The puzzle: everyone in the car has an alibi, and no one was seen to leave. Here are all the ingredients for another gripping detective story.
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories gathers 33 engrossing tales of crime, ranging from the birth of the genre to the present day. Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Robert Barnard, and Simon Brett—all the giants of English mystery are here, as well as Christianna Brand, Ngaio Marsh, Michael Innes, Reginald Hill, Nicholas Blake, Michael Underwood, and many more. Editor Patricia Craig treats us to Sherlock Holmes, indefatigably tracking the details of the theft of Colonel Ross's prize horse, Silver Blaze, and the murder of its trainer. In "The Oracle of the Dog," G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown sits calmly in his study, solving at a distance the perplexing murder of Colonel Druce: was it the foreign Dr. Valentine, the foppish lawyer Traill, or Floyd, the exuberant American secretary? P.D. James sends Chief Superindentant Dalgliesh on the trail of a mysterious death from some seventy years before—a case with a final, darkly ironic twist. And Robert Barnard grimly lampoons English academe in "The Oxford Way of Death." In addition to this dazzling array of stories, Craig provides a concise introduction which surveys the origins and development of this enduring genre.
Ingenious, gothic, morbid, satirical—the English detective story ranks among the most dynamic and gripping fiction. In The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, Patricia Craig presents some of the best ever written, in an absorbing tour of the world of crime, detection, and retribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192141873
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/1990
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.45(d)

About the Author

Patricia Craig is a freelance critic, reviewer, and writer. Her books include, with Mary Codogan, You're a Brick, Angela! and The Lady Investigates.

Table of Contents

The Stir Outside the Cafe Royal1
Silver Blaze6
The Mysterious Visitor29
The Case of Laker, Absconded47
The Oracle of the Dog68
The Genuine Tabard87
The Dead Leaves101
The Mystery of the Sleeping-Car Express138
The Purple Line159
Solved by Inspection167
The Henpecked Murderer177
Superintendent Wilson's Holiday199
The Witness for the Prosecution225
The Avenging Chance243
Murder at Pentecost259
Death on the Air269
Miss Burnside's Dilemma294
Daisy Bell305
Three is a Lucky Number318
The Assassins' Club327
The House in Goblin Wood335
The Furies354
The Hornets' Nest361
The Murderer384
The Killing of Michael Finnegan394
Murder at St Oswald's410
Great Aunt Allie's Flypapers424
Baker Dies443
A Dangerous Thing449
The Oxford Way of Death493
Bring Back the Cat!506
How's Your Mother?533
Biographical Notes550

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