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Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics)



By: Arthur Conan Doyle(Author) GK Chesterton etc(Author) Martin Edwards(Editor)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (1 April 2015)

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The original title of the book: Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics)

Holidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all. So, in a different way, do detective stories. This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures. From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Swiss mountain resort to the cliffs of Normandy, this new selection shows the enjoyable and unexpected ways in which crime writers have used summer holidays as a theme. These fourteen stories range widely across the golden age of British crime fiction. Stellar names from the past are well represented - Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton, for instance - with classic stories that have won acclaim over the decades. The collection also uncovers a wide range of hidden gems: Anthony Berkeley - whose brilliance with plot had even Agatha Christie in raptures - is represented by a story so (undeservedly) obscure that even the British Library seems not to own a copy. The stories by Phyllis Bentley and Helen Simpson are almost equally rare, despite the success which both writers achieved, while those by H. C. Bailey, Leo Bruce and the little-known Gerald Findler have seldom been reprinted.

There really is something for everyone here ... This is a volume to treasure and enjoy. --Shiny New BooksWhether it s Sherlock Holmes or a lesser-known crime solver, the stories in this collection represent the peak of classic British mysteries, serving as wonderful examples to new readers and warmly welcoming old friends to established fans of the genre. --Manhattan Book Review

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  • By Christopher Mathews on 15 April 2017

    If you have ever wondered about the range or quality of 'golden age' crime literature beyond the big names - or like me are already an avid fan - then I recommend trying this carefully chosen collection (the experience will be worthwhile). There are two more in similar vein: 'Capital Crimes' (London) & 'Serpents in Eden' (countryside).

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  • By J. Lesley on 7 April 2015

    This anthology of short stories from the golden age of British mystery writers is a British Library Crime Classics book edited by Martin Edwards. According to the Introduction, Edwards says these fourteen stories were written over roughly half a century and are arranged in this book in close to chronological order. The following is a list of the stories, in order, along with the author.The Adventure of the Devil's Foot by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and John WatsonA Schoolmaster Abroad by E. W. Hornung featuring Dr. John DollarMurder! by Arnold BennettThe Murder on the Golf Links by M. McDonnell Bodkin featuring Mr. Paul BeckThe Finger of Stone by G. K. ChestertonThe Vanishing of Mrs. Fraser by Basil Thomson featuring Mr. PepperA Mystery of the Sand-Hills by R. Austin Freeman featuring Dr. John ThorndykeRazor Edge by Anthony Berkeley Cox featuring Roger SheringhamHoliday Task by Leo BruceA Posteriori by Helen SimpsonWhere is Mr. Manetot? by Phyllis BentleyThe House of Screams by Gerald FindlerCousin Once Removed by Michael GilbertI didn't necessarily like each of the stories, but they were very interesting to read to compare with each other author's style as well as to see how mystery novels have changed over time. The Sherlock Holmes story was so familiar to me I could almost recite it as it went along while I don't remember having read any of the remaining thirteen. The holiday theme turned out to be a very good starting point for each story because it gives the reader a primary focus also and the knowledge that the story is going to happen in a location which is slightly unusual to all those involved.I recommend this collection to readers of mystery novels who can be satisfied with the low key, less exciting stories from the standpoint of action. Mostly these are mysteries to be enjoyed as you watch the author solve the questions involved.I received an e-ARC of this collection through NetGalley.

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