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100 Years Of Crime Stories
Genre: Anthologies , Mystery
Series: missing
Ratings: ★★★☆☆
Publisher: HarperCollins
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ISBN: 9780060588229
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Well known for her Inspector Lynley series, George here collects short mysteries by women, bracketing the 26 entries with two tales about the death of abusive husbands, written more than 80 years apart. Between them springs an entertaining assortment of locked-room murders, theatrical whodunits, white-collar-crime and detective stories, and psychological puzzlers, each headed by revealing author notes. Agatha Christie, praised by George in the volume's enlightening introduction, isn't represented, but her contemporaries in the "Golden Age of Mystery in Great Britain" are: Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. Dorothy Davis, Charlotte Armstrong, Minette Walters, and Ruth Rendell are here as well, and sleuths Sharon McCone, Jemima Shore, and V. I. Warshawski, each one now a star of her own long-running detective series, make appearances. Here, too, are writers not associated primarily with the genre, including Joyce Carol Oates and Nadine Gordimer, whose tragic tale about the consequences of an interracial affair in South Africa is both mystery and political fiction. From start to finish, a first-rate anthology. Stephanie Zvirin

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“From start to finish, a first-rate anthology.” (Booklist )

“An absolutely first-rate anthology...a thoughtful and intelligent paean to crime fiction.” (--New York Sun )

“A solid selection...the stories themselves speak for the part women have played in the development of the modern mystery.” (Denver Post )

“A huge feast of female-authored short crime stories....you’ll find everything from cozies to outright terror.” (Bookreporter.com )

“Sterling examples of both British stories a la Agatha Christie and distinctively American tales.” (Publishers Weekly )