Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder
"[R]eaders who appreciate careful plot development, slightly unusual detectives, and logical denouements will relish this volume." Library Journal
Impossible crime stories have been relished by puzzle-lovers ever since the invention of detective fiction. Fiendishly intricate cases were particularly well suited to the cerebral type of detective story that became so popular during the 'golden age of murder' between the two world wars. But the tradition goes back to the days of Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins, and impossible crime stories have been written by such luminaries as Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham.
This anthology celebrates their work, alongside long-hidden gems by less familiar writers. Together these stories demonstrate the range and high accomplishment of the classic British impossible crime story over more than half a century.
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 a series consultant for British Library Crime Classics, 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 won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards for the year's best book about the genre.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
British short stories that are great reads! How good are you at solving puzzles? Do you fancy yourself as Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot; well then you will be utterly delighted with this book. Twists, turns and delights!
“Miraculous Mysteries” is a must-have anthology for every mystery reader. It is a collection of hard to find, quick yet fantastic reads by top classic mystery writers, for example, Arthur Conan Doyle, Marten Cumberland, Edmund Crispin, and Dorothy Sayers. It has something for every reader. I took this collection on my recent vacation and loved every story, even the ones I had read previously. A collection such as this allows a fan of mystery books to read and finish a compelling story all in one sitting. It is perfect for plane trips, car rides, or while waiting for appointments or when taking others (CHILDREN) to practice, or lessons, or games, or meetings, or after-school events – the list goes on! I received an advance copy of this collection to review, and it made my recent vacation trip both mysterious and enjoyable without interrupting my other plans. I could read these classic mysteries again and again and love them each time.