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                   Product Description-The Best British Mysteries
  British crime and mystery writing is popular all over the world. And how could it not be? After all these are the shores that saw
   the talents of Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and so many others flourish. From the Golden Age of classic
 mystery writing onwards, British talent has captured the imagination of readers in a unique way, and the modern era has been
  no exception. The art of the short story has always been one that mystery writers have excelled at, and here we are proud to
    present 25 examples of the bite-sized mystery from the very best authors in Great Britain today. The stories cater for every
  criminal taste -- from the locked-room puzzle to the action-packed vignette -- and several have been shortlisted or winners of
  prestigious awards. Tour the British Isles with this superb collection -- you re bound to enjoy the journey! Contributors include:
 Ian Rankin, Anne Perry, Edward Marston, Martina Cole, Peter Robinson, Stella Duffy, Jerry Sykes, Liza Cody, Marin Edwards,
   Marion Arnott, Amy Myers, Bill James, Peter Turnbull, Robert Barnard, Peter Lovesey, Val McDermid, Mat Coward, Denise
     Mina, Stephen Gallagher, Judith Cutler, David Williams, John Harvey, Carol Anne Davis, Nicholas Royle, Sally Spedding



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Customer Reviews:
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful Hit and Miss, May 25, 2005 By Elinor Teele
This review is from: The Best British Mysteries (Paperback) This is a compilation of short stories from experienced crime and
mystery writers, as well as relative newcomers. Indeed, it is difficult not to be entertained by the distinctive styles in Ian Rankin's
"Saint Nicked", or Simon Brett's "Exit, Pursued" (bound to be a hit with Shakespeare fans), both of which lead the reader on a
meandering course of false trails before their sly endings. A notable new voice is Mat Coward, whose "Too Subtle for Me" both
utilizes and mocks existing mystery standards.On the other hand, there are many stories in the book that fall short of the
complexity that is needed for a mystery/crime story; experienced mystery readers will be able to discover a large number of
twists within the first paragraphs. As an example of British crime telling it is patchy, but there are spots of great fun.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful More Horror than Mystery, July 9, 2005 By Xenobea (Australia)
This review is from: The Best British Mysteries (Paperback) I took this book out of the library because my mom loves mysteries.
But she said none of the books were really murder mysteries, and upon reading about half of the stories I agree. They are more
stories of revenge and death, with very little of the traditional mystery involved. I found I didn't much enjoy reading them and
didn't finish the book.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Modern British Mystery & Crime Writing--not cozies, June 16, 2006 By S. Westcott (Fairfax, VA United States)
  This review is from: The Best British Mysteries (Paperback) This anthology serves as an excellent introduction to the current
crime fiction scene in Britain. Excellent up and comers and a few bestsellers known over here as well are represented allowing a
chance to get in on the ground floor of the next Rankin.

				
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