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Detective Duos Hardcover – Oct 1 1997


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (Oct. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195102142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195102147
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.8 x 14.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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From Kirkus Reviews

Only a few of the 25 oddly-assorted pairs gathered here are romantic couples (Kelly Roos's Jeff and Haila Troy, Julie Smith's Skip Langdon and Steve Steinman); more often, they're colleagues professional (P.G. Wodehouse's Paul Snyder and Elliot Oakes, R. Austin Freeman's Thorndyke and Jervis, Lawrence Blochman's Dr. Coffee and Dr. Mookerji, Michael Gilbert's Calder and Behrens, Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, Edward Hoch's Sebastian Blue and Laura Charme, editor Muller's Rae Kelleher and Sharon McCone, editor Pronzini's Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon, Barbara D'Amato's Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis) or quasi-professional (Margery Allingham's Campion and Inspector Kenny, Stuart Palmer and Craig Rice's Withers and Malone)--or they're Holmes-and- Watson pairs (Hulbert Footner's Mme. Rosika Storey and Bella, Ellen Dearmore's Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas). Though there's some history here (Patrick Quentin's first Peter and Iris Duluth story, the Lockridges' only story about Pam and Jerry North, Fredric Brown's only story about Ed and Am Hunter), most of the selections (e.g., Dorothy Sayers's ``The Footsteps That Ran,'' Agatha Christie's ``The Love Detectives,'' Rex Stout's ``Fourth of July Picnic'') are typical rather than distinguished. And does anyone really need yet another copy of ``The Purloined Letter'' (featuring the most featureless Watson in the business) or ``The Adventure of the Empty House''? More dutiful than inspired despite its range of duos: a missed opportunity for the editors--the genre's own reigning First Couple--and their readers. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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"Muller and Pronzoni, two of the best themselves, have given us a wonderful sampling of the other great teams in the mystery field."--Tony Hillerman

"Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini have done it again. With impeccable taste and comprehensive knowledge of the high roads and the low of mystery stories, they have chosen tales that not only highlight famous detecting teams but also rediscover lesser known `tec teams. Every story is a gem."--Douglas G. Greene

"This delightful volume will not only entertain but also introduce readers to authors and characters they may not have otherwise discovered."--Booklist

"A charming anthology."--The Wall Street Journal

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Format: Paperback
This book presents a varied selection of stories featuring crimes solved by partners, by autbors ranging from Edgar Allen Poe to Julie Smith. Although the quality of the stories varies depending on the skill of the author in using the short story form, they are all interesting. The introductory essay preceding each story gives a good summary of the author's work as a whole, not just those works which feature the duo in the story. Especially valuable is the long Introduction to the book. which discusses the many partnerships in crime-solving which appear in works too long to appear in this collection as well as those which do. I found this work to be enjoyable and a wellspring of leads to authors I had overlooked.
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By A Customer on Sept. 8 2001
Format: Paperback
An anthology of stories with crime solving twosomes - it's a winning idea. Unfortunately, the editors couldn't decide if they wanted to present an historical review or a collection that holds up to today's standards and expectations. Some of the stories are true winners, capable of delighting contemporary audiences as much as they did the original readers. Some stories, however, are seriously dated...not just in setting, but in mindset and perspective. While it is possible to ask respect for those pieces from an historical point of view, it is harder to claim that they make for compelling reading today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Partners in Crime May 14 2001
By Robert K Doidge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book presents a varied selection of stories featuring crimes solved by partners, by autbors ranging from Edgar Allen Poe to Julie Smith. Although the quality of the stories varies depending on the skill of the author in using the short story form, they are all interesting. The introductory essay preceding each story gives a good summary of the author's work as a whole, not just those works which feature the duo in the story. Especially valuable is the long Introduction to the book. which discusses the many partnerships in crime-solving which appear in works too long to appear in this collection as well as those which do. I found this work to be enjoyable and a wellspring of leads to authors I had overlooked.
taste of past masters June 3 2014
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I liked the pairings of detective duos, many of whom I had not encountered before. I especially liked the Mr Quin stories; Agatha Crhistie never disappoints!
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uneven collection Sept. 8 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An anthology of stories with crime solving twosomes - it's a winning idea. Unfortunately, the editors couldn't decide if they wanted to present an historical review or a collection that holds up to today's standards and expectations. Some of the stories are true winners, capable of delighting contemporary audiences as much as they did the original readers. Some stories, however, are seriously dated...not just in setting, but in mindset and perspective. While it is possible to ask respect for those pieces from an historical point of view, it is harder to claim that they make for compelling reading today.


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