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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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: 480
Published: 18th August 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1