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The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 6 [Paperback]

Maxim Jakubowski
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May 12 2009 Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (Book 6)
Thirty-five short stories from the top names in British crime fiction, by the likes of Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Jake Arnott, Val McDermid, and more.

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By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
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"The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 6," edited by Maxim Jakubowski, is a collection of, well, mystery short stories written by British authors. This sixth edition of the long-running series contains stories published in 2007, while the book was published in 2009; many of the 39 tales come from the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and The Strand, although some original anthologies (Expletive Deleted, The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits, Paris Noir, and A Hell of a Woman to name a few) are well-represented as well. There are stories by well-known authors such as John Mortimer, Colin Dexter, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Perry, Peter Lovesey and Christopher Fowler, and stories by authors who are new to me such as Danuta Reah, Bill James and Stella Duffy. What these and other authors in the book have in common is that they are all writing at the top of their game in these stories; although I didn't like all of the stories, I certainly could not say that any one of them was poorly written! This series is a useful compendium of short stories that would to hard to find otherwise, since few could afford to buy all of the books or magazines in which they first appeared (indeed, one of them, "Rosehip Summer" by Roz Southey, first appeared on the website of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne!) and as such, it is recommended for those who like their mystery stories served with a bit of British flavour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Letters Read June 10 2009
By Writetrak - Published on Amazon.com
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In this 2009 edition of Best British Mysteries (as edited by Maxim Jakubowski) you'll find 39 short stories that resound with imagination and style; some more so that others- but all worthy of entry into this year's collection. Murder mysteries and crime stories are taking on new shape in the genre with some fresh new voices in tones that might shock the more timid reader not use to finding swearing with their grisly murders most foul. But hey! murder and even faux murder is nasty business and it would be a crime if you didn't read this clever 524 page collection.
With such authors as Alexander McCall Smith, Colin Dexter, Ann Cleeves, Donna Mooere, and many others you'll easily find a voice or a style that will appeal to you. And maybe one or two that don't. But that's the value of short story collections- the hunt and the finding of new talent or talent otherwise not considered.
The game's afoot but it's up to you to keep up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Could Be Better? July 18 2010
By Christina B. Conroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All your favorite crime writers in one tight volume - What could be better?

Christina Britton Conroy: author of ONE MAN'S MUSICOne Man's Music
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