Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries

Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries

by Martin Edwards (Editor)

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Overview

Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

"The detective story is a game between two players, the author...and the reader."—Ronald Knox

From the squash court to the golf links, the football pitch to the swimming pool and the race course to the cricket square, no court, grounds, stadium or stand is safe from skullduggery. Entering the arena where sport clashes with crime, this spirited medley of short stories showcases the greatest deadly plays and criminal gambits of the mystery genre.

With introductions by Editor Martin Edwards and stories by some of the finest writers in the field—including Celia Fremlin, Michael Gilbert, Gladys Mitchell, and Leo Bruce—this new anthology offers a ringside view of the darker side of sports and proves that crime, naturally, is a game for all seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

★ 07/13/2020

Edwards (The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories) scores again with this outstanding reprint anthology of 15 short stories set in the world of sports and games. F.A.M. Webster, who won Britain’s national javelin championship twice, demonstrates his writing skill with “The Double Problem,” in which his Sherlockian sleuth, Ebbie Entwistle, who travels to Oxford to look into a bad check presented by someone posing as a student, ends up probing a theft related to a hammer-throwing competition. Conan Doyle fans will appreciate an academic’s reaction to Entwistle’s deductions (“It all sounds very simple as you explain it,” said the dean, “but I must confess that I had overlooked all those little details which you make to appear so painfully simple and obvious”), and sports followers will enjoy the discussion of the impact of betting on college athletics a century ago. Other highlights include Arthur Morrison’s “The Loss of Sammy Crockett,” about a runner who disappears before a big race, and Michael Gilbert’s “The Drop Shot,” in which a county squash championship is connected to a perfect murder committed “under the blaze of electric lamps in front of a gallery full of spectators.” The British Library Crime Classics series has produced another winner. (July)

From the Publisher

"Edwards scores again with this outstanding reprint anthology of 15 short stories set in the world of sports and games... The British Library Crime Classics series has produced another winner." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464212840
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 07/02/2020
Series: British Library Crime Classics Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 502,527
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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