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Product Details

  • Series: Mammoth Book of
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Reprint edition (November 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786719710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786719716
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,603,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miss Havisham's Revenge' by Alanna Knight, in which we discover the part Estella Havisham played in the fate of Bentley Drummle 'Murder in Murray's Court' by David Stuart Davies, in which Oliver Twist has to help the Artful Dodger who has been accused of murder 'The Thorn of Anxiety' by Keith Miles, in which the mystery of Edwin Drood is at last solved 'The Divine Nature' by Kate Ellis, in which David Copperfield finds himself investigating the disappearance of Edward Murdstone 'The Letter' by Joan Lock, in which the skills of Inspector Bucket are once again put to the test in solving a crime that apparently never happened. 'Reveals the strength and ingenuity of this sub-section of the whodunnit genre... Great fun. Good Book Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mike Ashley is editor of several volumes of The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, plus The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures, The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits and The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits among others.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love historical whodunit anthologies. No one does a better job of putting together such anthologies than Mike Ashley. Whenever I see a new short story collection with Ashley's name attached, I start reaching for my wallet; Ashley knows his business! Case in point: DICKENSIAN WHODUNITS, an imaginative collection of 22 murder mysteries revolving around the great Victorian novelist.

The stories in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF DICKENSIAN WHODUNITS inserts either Charles Dickens or one of the many characters he created into various murder mystery plots. In 'The Marshalsea Handicap,' for instance, Dickens is a suspect in a poisoning that took place in Marshalsea Prison. In actual fact, Dickens' family was confined to the very same place due to Dickens' father going into debt. In 'Encounter in the Dark,' Dickens, touring America, meets Edgar Allan Poe and, naturally, murder ensues. 'The Tidal' mixes history with fiction, involving Dickens in a railway accident - which actually took place - followed by murderous attacks on several of the accident victims. Dickens investigates and turns up the guilty party.

The other stories in this 2007 Carroll & Graf volume involve Dickensian characters such as Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Little Nell, Paul Dombey and David Copperfield in murder most foul. Scrooge, for example, attempts to unravel a twisted tale of murder while simultaneously protecting a tiny baby who's an innocent participant in the evil doings. Those who loved THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP will find a totally different Little Nell awaiting them in 'The End of Little Nell' story; brace yourselves, folks! Oliver Twist tries to help his old friend, the Artful Dodger, beat a murder rap in 'Murder in Murray's Court' and so on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MamaSylvia on March 5, 2012
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Anthology of historical mysteries with a Dickens theme, featuring either characters and events from Dickens' work or the man himself in a fictional setting.

Not Ashley's best collection; in fact, it's the first one I was unable to finish. I generally dislike putting real people into fictional settings and/or re-using fictional characters, but even without that preference, very few of these stories qualified as enjoyable. The story in letters from the Squeers girl was like listening to the awfullest, most self-delusional highschool queen for way too long. The story featuring a whiny, entitled Edgar Allen Poe offered the additional liability of switching points of view - difficult to pull off in a novel and even harder in a short story. I forced myself to read the first half, and while there was an occasional enjoyable story, they were so rare that I quit.
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By Joellen Vash on May 2, 2013
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I love all the Mammoth Book of .....series. These whodunnits keep you guessing. I really love this book and think you might too.
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By Louise S. on May 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was an entertaining collection of mysteries. The short stories were done in the style of Dickens' novels from 'Mr Pickwick' to 'Bleak House'. Good for an airplane or the metro.
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