Your New Favorite Book of Mysteries
If you are a fan of The Best American Mystery Stories series, you’ll love The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories.
Some of the Best New Mysteries: The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features outstanding new stories of crime, dering do, fast-paced adventures and puzzles set in the past, ranging widely over the centuries and offering a cornucopia of mysteries, dark deeds, investigations and a fascinating array of investigators both professional and amateur.
Never-Before-Seen Stories from Your Favorite Mystery Authors: Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, Maxim Jakubowski, whose many anthologies like The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty have attracted attention and awards, The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, and includes Linda Stratmann, Amy Myers, Lavie Tidhar, Jane Finnis, O'Neil de Noux, Ashley Lister, Eric Brown, Kate Ellis, A.K. Benedict and many others.
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Crime and mystery fiction has for decades proven both popular and commercial in all its guises from the hallowed investigations of Sherlock Holmes to the mean streets of contemporary noir, through the golden age of Agatha Christie and her traditional cohorts, the dark shadows of psychological thrillers, women detectives, private eyes, and a variety of categories that have persisted in defying the imagination and seducing readers in thinking that crime does, in fact, pay or, at any rate, royally entertain!
For our opening volume, we present fifteen brand-new stories by some of the best authors practicing the craft today, each introducing imaginative facets of crime and its subtle variations but set in the past, in periods ranging from far flung prehistory to the murky days of World War II, and passing through medieval periods, mythical times, the somber alleys of Victorian times and a whole variety of past years and places where the allure of mystery only serves to enhance the deviousness of the plots and its heroes and villains.
Historical mysteries are one of today’s most rewarding sub-genres, often characterized by the charms of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, the Brother Cadfael tales of the late Ellis Peters and so many other major talents of the writing world. In a world without forensics and the modern tools of the detecting trade, the authors and their hardy characters must use their little gray cells and their powers of deduction with so much more diligence than the detectives and cops of today and this often constitutes one of the greatest charms of historical mysteries (and fiction).
Table of Contents
The Sound of Secrecy Martin Edwards 11
The Temple's Coin Levie Tidhar 27
Another Body O'Neil De Nowx 43
The Secret of Flight Kate Ellis 59
Fair Trade Ashley Lister 69
Murder on the Sacred Mountain Rhys Hughes 79
Run Rabbit Run Sally Spedding 93
The Man from Crocodilopolis Keith Moray 113
A Pinch of Pure Cunning Jane Finnis 133
Flesh of a Fancy Woman Paul Magrs 143
The Hill of Hell Bernie Crosthwaite 153
Murder and the Cucumbers Amy Myers 171
Gracie Saves the World Michael Bracken Sandra Murphy 187
The First Locked Room Eric Brown 203
Electricity Linda Stratmann 217
About the Editor 233
About the Authors 235
What People are Saying About This
“An intriguing mixture of past tradition and future-shock dystopia, written by a giant of the genre...highly recommended.”
―Lee Childs, author of the Jack Reacher novels
“I have been a fan of Maxim Jakubowski for years. There just is no finer mystery writer and editor anywhere. Find a comfortable chair and a strong drink and prepare to be enthralled.”
―Alexander Algren, author of Out in a Flash: Murder Mystery Flash Fiction
“The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stores is a stunning collection, simply the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year and a real treat for crime-fiction fans. I highly recommend!” ―Leonard Carpenter, author of the Conan the Barbarian books and Lusitania Lost
“Maxim Jakubowski is deeply experienced in the field... Sometimes a brief zap of great writing is just what you’re in the mood for or have time for. That’s when anthologies like his are ideal....intellectually outstanding.”
New York Journal of Books