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The Best British Mysteries Paperback – April 1, 2005

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Best British Mysteries is an impressive and rivetingly entertaining anthology. -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

MAXIM HAKUBOWSKI is a crime critic for the Guardian, a novelist, and the literary director of Crime Scene, a festival held annually at London’s National Film Theatre. A regular broadcaster on radio and TV, Maxim runs one of the largest crime bookstores worldwide, which is situated in London.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; Reprint edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074908300X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749083007
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,060,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elinor Teele on May 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a compilation of short stories from experienced crime and mystery writers, as well as relative newcomers. Indeed, it is difficult not to be entertained by the distinctive styles in Ian Rankin's "Saint Nicked", or Simon Brett's "Exit, Pursued" (bound to be a hit with Shakespeare fans), both of which lead the reader on a meandering course of false trails before their sly endings. A notable new voice is Mat Coward, whose "Too Subtle for Me" both utilizes and mocks existing mystery standards.

On the other hand, there are many stories in the book that fall short of the complexity that is needed for a mystery/crime story; experienced mystery readers will be able to discover a large number of twists within the first paragraphs. As an example of British crime telling it is patchy, but there are spots of great fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Westcott on June 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
This anthology serves as an excellent introduction to the current crime fiction scene in Britain. Excellent up and comers and a few bestsellers known over here as well are represented allowing a chance to get in on the ground floor of the next Rankin.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Xenobea on July 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I took this book out of the library because my mom loves mysteries. But she said none of the books were really murder mysteries, and upon reading about half of the stories I agree. They are more stories of revenge and death, with very little of the traditional mystery involved. I found I didn't much enjoy reading them and didn't finish the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Jordan on February 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Some of the best and brightest in the genre are reprsented here. Wonderful short stories that are a very good look at today's British writers. These aren't traditional mysteries like Agatha Christie, but that's not whats being written today and it's not representative of todays world.

In particular I loved the fact that all the stories are a bit different from one another. You definitly can not judge the whole collection by one story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on October 24, 2011
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The Best British Mysteries provides an excellent introduction to many of the best British mystery writers. Each story was interesting, and many were outstanding. I recommend choosing several of these authors and reading at least one of their full-length mysteries.
I hope to see similar collections offered in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Imaginatively compiled and deftly edited by Maxim Jakubowksi, The Best British Mysteries is an impressive and rivetingly entertaining anthology of chilling mystery and suspense tales drawn from the very cream of British crime writers. An often dark, sometimes demented, but always enthralling compilation of delectably selected tales of mystery and suspense, The Best British Mysteries is a "must read" compendium for dedicated mystery story enthusiasts.
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