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Masterpieces Of Mystery & Suspense [Hardcover]

Martin H Greenberg
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Oct. 28 1988
This giant anthology brings together forty of the finest mystery stories ever written--many rare or unanthologized--by such towering names in the field as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellery Queen, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Isaac Asimov, and many others.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice entree to the genre July 7 2004
Format:Hardcover
Quite a satisfactory collection of dozens of short stories, encompassing the mystery subgenres of murder mystery, suspense, and crime fiction. I've been a longtime Sherlock Holmes reader, and felt a desire to become a bit more acquainted with other characters and stories within this general field. This volume proves more than adequate for this purpose, including stories by everyone from Agatha Christie to Mark Twain.
The most lasting impression, for me, was left by G.K. Chesterton and his "Father Brown" detective stories, one of which is included here. A sleuth more unlike Holmes one will never find, but the tale of "The Blue Cross" is just as readable and pleasurable as anything from the pen of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This book is also probably quite useful to fans of the genre as a means of collecting many short stories not otherwise readily available, but as I'm not an expert I'll leave that open to conjecture. Suffice to say that Chesterton is not the only author in this book whose work leaves me wanting more. While several of the stories are a bit obvious even to a novice mystery reader like me, most are very enjoyable and suspenseful to the last moment. "The Nuggy Bar" indeed......
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice entree to the genre July 7 2004
By Brian Hulett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Quite a satisfactory collection of dozens of short stories, encompassing the mystery subgenres of murder mystery, suspense, and crime fiction. I've been a longtime Sherlock Holmes reader, and felt a desire to become a bit more acquainted with other characters and stories within this general field. This volume proves more than adequate for this purpose, including stories by everyone from Agatha Christie to Mark Twain.
The most lasting impression, for me, was left by G.K. Chesterton and his "Father Brown" detective stories, one of which is included here. A sleuth more unlike Holmes one will never find, but the tale of "The Blue Cross" is just as readable and pleasurable as anything from the pen of the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This book is also probably quite useful to fans of the genre as a means of collecting many short stories not otherwise readily available, but as I'm not an expert I'll leave that open to conjecture. Suffice to say that Chesterton is not the only author in this book whose work leaves me wanting more. While several of the stories are a bit obvious even to a novice mystery reader like me, most are very enjoyable and suspenseful to the last moment. "The Nuggy Bar" indeed......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of stories ! Aug. 13 2013
By Dedicated reader Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's the late 1950s, Ginger works in a dime-a-dance joint in a rundown part of town and someone is killing taxi dancers.

When two police detectives show up at the dance hall one night, Ginger falls for the taller one. "...if I'd had any dreams left, he coulda moved right into them."

The cops only know the killer's favorite song, the kind of ring he has on one finger and the bizarre way he leaves the dancers' bodies. With nothing more to go on, they try a stake out. Luckily, Ginger is one sharp cookie and a step ahead of the police. Question is, will she be a step ahead of the serial killer?

This carefully crafted tale, The Dancing Detective, is classic noir by Cornell Woolrich and it's one of 40 short stories in Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense, a must for the library of every mystery and short story lover. The stories clearly demonstrate how a skilled mystery/suspense writer can weave a tale, create characters with depth and have you guessing right up to the end--all in a tiny package.

If you want to be challenged and entertained by some of the best mystery and suspense writers who ever pounded a typewriter, this is the collection for you.
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