From a new generation of writers, inspired by C.J. Sansom, Boris Akunin and others: darker, more realistic historical crime fiction. No longer stuck in medieval Wales, these stories are set in 3BC Syracuse, fourteenth-century Venice, 1930sâ€™ New York and other more vibrant times and places. These twelve new pieces of short historical crime fiction are sufficiently long to place a stronger emphasis on realism of character and on the psychology of crime. The twelves stories are:â€œArchimedes and the Scientific Methodâ€�, Tom Holt. Archimedes looks into the disappearance of a Roman official in Syracuse.â€œSomething to do with Dianaâ€�, Steven Saylor. Gordianus the Finder in a mystery set at the Temple of Diana in Ephesus.â€œEyes of the Iconâ€�, Mary Reed & Eric Mayer. Set in Byzantium in the seventh century and involving political intrigue leading to murder and involving the black market dealing in banned icons.â€œNight of the Snow Wolfâ€�, Peter Tremayne. A Sister Fidelma mystery set in seventh century Ireland involving mysterious happenings in a snowbound village.â€œJettisonedâ€�, Deirdre Counihanâ€œBrodie and the Regrettable Incidentâ€�, Ann Perryâ€œA Fiery Deathâ€�, Ian Morson. Set in thirteenth-century Venice and involving a locked-room mystery.â€œHide and Seekâ€�, Tony Pollard. Set in the early 1600s and involving a priest-hunter tracking down Catholics in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot and finding more than he expected in a mysterious house.â€œThe Fourth Quadrantâ€�, Dorothy Lumley. Involving Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron and colleague of Charles Babbage.â€œForty Morgan Silver Dollarsâ€�, Maan Meyers. Involving an episode in the lives of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when in New York hoping to escape to South America.â€œTrafalgarâ€�, Charles Todd. Not the battle of Trafalgar, though thatâ€™s relevant, but set in 1920 and involving Inspector Rutledge investigating a murder in Cambridge the reasons for which go back a long way.â€œDead of Winterâ€�, Richard A. Lupof. fSet in New York in 1938/9 and involving the search for Nazi spies and missing papers.
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Comments about The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction:
For those of you like me, who like to read a chapter before turning off the light this is ideal - and you get a whole story! This collection's stories entail varied time zones and authors. A couple of stories are a bit longer, so if you must finish before lights out, you could be a bit late - as I was.For travelling it is thick but you could peel off the stories as you read them and leave them for some other traveller.
Ashley fills that canvas with consummate skill. Guardian
Series: Mammoth Books
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st November 2011
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1