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About the Author

Mike Ashley is a full-time writer, editor, and researcher. He has compiled over fifty Mammoth Books including The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction and The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF. He lives in Kent with his wife and three cats.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762442670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762442676
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Eric Mayer and wife Mary Reed published several short John the Lord Chamberlain detections in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, One For Sorrow. Their protagonist's adventures continued in Two For Joy (2000), a Glyph Award winner in the Best Mystery category. Two For Joy also gained an Honorable Mention in the Glyph Best Book Award list and in addition was a finalist for the IPPY Best Mystery Award. Three For A Letter (2001), Four For A Boy (2003), and Five For Silver (2004) followed. The latter two novels were nominees for the Bruce Alexander History Mystery Award. Five For Silver won the 2005 Glyph Award for Best Book Series. In June 2003 the American Library Association's Booklist Magazine named the Lord Chamberlain novels as one of its four Best Little Known Series. Six For Gold appeared in 2005, Seven For A Secret in 2008, Eight For Eternity in 2010, and Nine for the Devil in 2012. In December 2012, A new, revised version of One for Sorrow will be published in the UK and Europe by Head of Zeus.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on December 9, 2012
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Anthologies are always subject to a few quality variables like the editor and source stories. My issue with them is that often many of the tales do not fit the subject they have been grouped under. So it was a pleasure to find that this collection is relevant and entertaining. There are twelve entries spanning centuries and while I generally have an affinity for tales from the 19th and early 20th centuries all were solid. It was fun entering a fictional Archimedes' mathematical mind as he solves the murder of a large Roman soldier to puzzling out the mystery surrounding a mine in 7th Century Ireland to seeking the conspirators in The Gunpowder Plot to a simmering vengeance stemming from WW1. And lastly, kudos to Mammoth for an improved product as many of their anthologies have been less-than-stellar.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Oppen on October 6, 2011
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This collection of stories covers quite a lot of history, from ancient times up to the nineteenth century. I was interested in it for, among other things, an early "Gordianus the Finder" story by Steven Saylor (early in Gordianus' life, that is---not written early.)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on November 30, 2011
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I bought the book in less than 5 minutes of reading into Tom's story. I actually got interested in it because I am a Steven Saylor fan, but Tom's story was really amazing. Haven't finished the book yet, but hands down it was the best short story I've read in a while.
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