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Vintage Mystery & Detective Stories [Paperback]

Various , David Stuart Davies

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Book Description

2006 Special Edition Using
A richly entertaining and exciting collection of mystery and detective stories from the golden age of crime fiction. This was a period when crimes were solved by the wit and ingenuity of the sleuth who only had his own intelligence to rely on rather than a battery of scientific devices and procedures employed by the modern crime solver. Within these pages you will meet such fascinating sleuths as G.K. Chesterton's Mr Pond, Ernest Bramah's remarkable blind detective, Max Carrados, who can read newspapers by allowing his sensitive fingers to run over the print, Craig Kennedy, 'the American Sherlock Holmes' created by Arthur B. Reeve, and Jacques Futrelle's Professor S.F.X. Van Dusen, 'The Thinking Machine' amongst others. Tales by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Arnold Bennett, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle will thrill and puzzle you.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Classics; 1 edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840220651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840220650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,146,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the autumn of 18-, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation and a meerschaum, in company with my friend, C. Auguste Dupin, in his little back library or book-closet, au troisieme, No. 33 Rue Dunot, Faub Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mammoth Sampler of Detective Stories! Feb. 14 2011
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! This door-stopper of a paperback, published by England's Wordsworth Editions in 2006, offers up a richly entertaining collection of 'Golden Age' detective stories written by a Who's Who of mystery fiction. Topping off at 1,276 pages, VINTAGE MYSTERY & DETECTIVE MYSTERIES belongs on the shelf of every fan of those marvelously entertaining fictional sleuths of yore.

Within the book's pages, readers will find 47 tales written by Poe, Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Mark Twain, G. K. Chesterton, Rudyard Kiping, Edgar Wallace and other authors that were published in various magazines from about the 1850s to the the mid-1930s. David Stuart Davies, who compiled the book, also contributed four of his own stories. Thus readers are treated to classic tales such as 'The Purloined Letter,' 'Silver Blaze,' 'The Missing Millionaire,' 'Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage,' 'The Green Mamba' and others featuring C. Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Sexton Blake, blind detective Max Carrados, French detective Eugene Valmont, the beloved Father Brown, Malcolm Sage, the truly bizarre Prince Zaleski, Dr. Dollar and Miss Bracegirdle(!) not to mention the ten members of the Crime Club.

I had two small beefs about the book. First, although I enjoyed Davies' stories, I thought he should have just used stories penned during the Golden Age. Likewise, I wish he had arranged the tales in chronological order so the reader could see the progression in the genre...but that's just me.

In any case, if your familiarity with vintage detective fiction begins and ends with Conan Doyle, you really owe it to yourself to sample the fascinating characters found in VINTAGE & MYSTERY DETECTIVE STORIES. Keep a copy of it by your bedside, jump into the book at random, read and enjoy! Highly recommended.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK May 14 2014
By Growler - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of early, early fiction, and I guess I like stories set in a more contemporary time (at least the 1940's or more recent).

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