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The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits Paperback – October 10, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786709162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786709168
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This collection of 21 stories focuses strongly on the late Roman republic to the early Roman empire, and again on Elizabethan England. There are stories representing other periods, including a couple of funny pastiches of Sherlock Holmes, but if you like the Roman detective mysteries of Steven Saylor (or loved Colleen McCullough), and if you have a weakness for the intriques of Tudor England, this collection will most appeal to you.
Some of the stories, notably "Flibbertigibbet", were actually quite chilling in their depiction of torture as routine, the ritualistic execution of a captured Jesuit priest, not to mention the corpses left in the wake of an early "Jack the Ripper". If you can get past the vivid depiction of the execution, I would strongly recommend that story as an exercise in moral ambiguities. There are other strong contributions, including one based on Hamlet (a perennial favorite, it seems) and yet another on Hamlet (two Shakespeare-based mysteries). Personally, I liked Michael Jecks's "The Crediton Killings" (set in medieval England) and the two stories from the late Roman republic the best.
I use historical anthologies such as this as a way to test what is out there. For example, an author may write very well, but the narrative may be too graphic for my comfort. Others may create a short story about a detective appearing in their books, such as Sister Fidelma (the creation of Peter Tremayne), or Gordianus (the creation of Steven Saylor). Yet others (Margaret Frazer, for example) use this as an opportunity to write about a slightly different period, and without using their most well-known fictional character.
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This book is almost too much of a good thing. At 500 larger-than-normal-paperback-sized pages, it's more than a handful, believe me! So far I've only read the first 11 of 22 stories, because after a bit, they're too much of a muchness. I learned too late that this book is not exactly meant for reading the stories within from start to finish, more or less in consecutive order, and uninterrupted by other reading in between. Consequently, I found the stories beginning to mesh together rather a bit too much, and felt it unfair to continue reading just now.
As a rule, stories in an anthology of this kind are arranged by location of story, or time-frame. The latter is the approach here, and that's fine. It's a perfectly valid method. However, considering that the 22 stories begin in ancient Rome and continue only until the very early 1600s, there is bound to be some overlapping of settings. The first five stories, for instance, all share the Roman setting. Then there are the dark ages, and a raft of early Medieval, up to about 1250 or so.
I found them all to be enjoyable, although some more so than others, and will certainly be looking for books by many of these authors, who impressed me with their plotting and characters, not to mention the obvious and extensive historical research. The two authors with whom I'm most familiar-Margaret Frazer and Michael Jecks-appear in the second half of the book. A treat for next time!
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Be aware! I bought this book of More Historical Whodunnits expecting it to be another version of Historical Whodunnits, meaning different authors and different stories. Instead what I received is EXACTLY the same collection of authors and stories in exactly the same order. How they can get away with advertising this as MORE when it is the SAME is an act of fraud that is quite astounding. The stories themselves are great if you never bought the first edition, but if you have that one, this one is practically a crime itself.
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I'm not usually a mystery fan but I found myself buying this book and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the time-span range of story settings. All the stories were at least good but some were really excellent. I was so pleased I got myself a copy of the first book as well.
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