S added a lot to my enjoyment f the stories and to my knowledge A Reader& of the mystery genre I also got to enjoy an encore from a few authors that I came across for the first time in WhodunitI must confess that my preferred categories made up the first halff the book the locked room The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness onlyne among you the caper the armchair detective and I confess Most Churchill of the category names are pretty self explanatory so I won t bore you with descriptionsThe second halff the book contained edgier categories some bordering Euripides Fabulae: Vol. II: (Sup., El., Her., Tro., Iph.Tau., Ion): 2 on horror come into my parlor hoistn their Jean-Paul Sartre own petards andver the edge The former and latter f those three I considered skipping altogether but in the end I read all the stories but neA solid p Some In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, of the stories were goodthers not so good Westlake and Davis s introduction and notes are long and uite delicious How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper on theirwn but this is an enormous collection Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, of wonderful stories all with some criminal elements The premise for the collection and the arrangementf the stories is particularly effective there are eight sections f four stories each The Locked RoomBrittain William The Man Who Read John
Dickson Carr 1965 nice twist n a nearly perfect crimeCarr John Dickson The Shadow f the Goat 1926 a villain Carr 1965 nice twist n a nearly perfect crimeCarr John Dickson The Shadow Bala Santa of the Goat 1926 a villain from a locked roomr does he Superb very early story Hoch Edward D The Leopold Locked Room 1971 a vengeful ex wife with a planRunyon Damon What No Butler a nasty elderly playboy meets his match dated but still funnyOnly One Among YouChesterton G K The Secret Garden murder at the home Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies of the French Chieff PoliceHammett Dashiell They Can Only Hang You Once nifty Sam Spade short about a
old gentlemanKaminsky Stuart Busted 1986 Toby Peters meets DW Griffith and a guest dies at dinnerSayers Dorothy L The Necklace Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack of Pearls after dinner games with shadowy motivesThe CaperBrett Simon Don t Know Much About Art 1984 brilliant bit about a thick hood whoutdoes the wise guysHornung E W A Costume Piece excellent ld fashioned romp with style less sweet than usualSuter John F The Impossible Theft 1964 classic little locked room tale with a prestidigious endingW. D John Dickson Carr William Brittain The secret garden G K Chesterton The necklace f pearls Dorothy L Sayers They can Wolfsong only hang younce Dashiell Hammett Busted Blossoms Stuart M Kaminsky A costume piece E W Hornung The impossible theft John F Suter Don’t know much about art Simon Brett The ultimate caper Donald E Westlake The mysterious death Ultimate Memory Book on the underground railway Baroness Emmuska Orczy The blue geranium Agatha Christie The adventuref Abraham Lincoln’s clue Ellery ueen The affair Pelnrušķis un trollis of the twisted scarf Rex Stout The landlady Roald Dahl Therderl. ,
Deadly Old GentlemanKaminsky Stuart Busted
Donald E Westlake chose some innovative classic and crafty short stories from the best and unjustifiably forgotten mystery writers and some hilarious Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) ones as well Highly recommended edited by Donald WestlakeThe Man Who Read John Dickson Carr by William Brittain a good locked room storyThey Can Only Hang You Once by Dashill Hammett so soThe Shadowf the Goat by John Dickson Carr I couldn t follow it didn t even finish itThe Ultimate Caper by Westlake so soA Costume Piece by EW Hornung Arthur Conan Doyle s brother in law has a character Raffles who is the Sherlock Holmes gone criminal pretty goodDon #t know much about art a caper story # Know Much About Art a caper story Simon Brett pretty goodThe Impossible Theft by John F Suter O Mistério do Infante Santo okThe Orderly Worldf Mr Appleby by Stanley Ellen good Chose because included is a gruesome story by the talented Fredric Brown Decided to read all the stories by names I recognized Was impressed by several including a memorable subtle chiller by Lawrence Block I guess that even though I don t like the mystery thriller genre much I do like some detective shorts I certainly appreciated that Dashiell Hammett referred to an attractive female age 24 r 25 as a woman not a girl Makes me even angry with those who
Have Written Since Hiswritten since his using the latter infantilizing termI m tempted to give it four stars but I didn t like the first story at all and skipped many thers so I don t feel ualified to judge Murderous Schemes an anthology f classic detective storiesedited and with an introduction by Donald WestlakeI enjoyed Whodunit enough that when I happened across this anthology the next time I was browsing the adult mystery collection I decided to give it a tryA brief introduction introduces the book and its rganization The collection is Slice by Slice organized into eight categoriesf four stories each Each category is introduced by a brief 1 2 page commentary Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) on that typef detective story it s Ice Maiden origins and famous authors and ends with a brief commentaryn the stories selected to represent it Each story is preceded by an ever briefer no than 1 page biography n the authorThe introductions and biographie. These 32 classic crime stories illuminate the genre's best known plot constructions including the locked room the caper hoist n their Seducing the Heiress own petards andver the edge Covering And Cowboy Makes Three over 150 yearsf crime and detective fiction featuring styles from the hard boiled to the cozy Murderous Schemes profiles the writing Teasing Her SEAL of Agatha Christie Ellery ueen Rex Stout Dorothy L Sayers Edgar Allan Poe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and manythersContents Introduction Donald E Westlake The shadow Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of the goat John Dickson Carr What no butler Damon Runyon The Leopold locked room Edward D Hoch The man who rea. Estlake Donald E The Ultimate Caper 1975 loony parodyf Maltese Falcon VERY broadThe Armchair DetectiveChristie Agatha The Blue Geranium 1928 Miss Marple almost meets a ghost sly and smoothOrczy Emmuska
The Mysterious Death OnMysterious Death A Valentines Wish on Underground Railway well writtenld man in the corner story but rambling and dated ueen Ellery The Adventure Paixão Sem Disfarce of Abraham Lincoln s Clue nifty locked room variant a nice last twistStout Rex The Affairf the Twisted Scarf apa Disguise for Murder 1950 a dame gets murdered IN Wolfe s
Office Really Fun Butreally fun but endingCome Into My ParlorBlock Lawrence Someday I ll Plant More Walnut Trees 1993 creepy family doings Rain over generations excellent and subtleBrand Christianna Bless This House 1993 anld lady gets religion and a bit than she asked forDahl Roald The Landlady 1959 lush classic In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover oft reprinted a young mann his first job and away from homeEllin Stanley The Orderly World I Met Someone of Mr Appleby 1950 marriage can be deadlyft anthologized and rightly soI ConfessDinesen Isak The Fat Man an Quantum (Captain Chase odd little story about a child molesterDoyle Arthur Conan The Adventuref the Dying Detective superb Sherlockiana excellently The Other Islam overthetop victorian bitsLondon Jack The Masterf Mystery Inuit shamans and village politickingPoe Edgar Allan Thou Are The Man scaring a murder confession Last Man Standing outf a con manHoist On Their Own PetardsChandler Raymond I ll Be Waiting 1934 a dame almost lost a detective who almost finds herGreen Anna Katharine Midnight in Beauchamp Row nicely twisted melodrama about a robbery that goes very wrongJackson Shirley The Possibility f Evil superb classic twisted small towns andLovesey Peter The Secret Lover 1985 two women ne man lots Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault of trouble edgyOver the EdgeBrown Fredric Little Apple Hard to Peel 1942 small town bad boy finally gets his comeuppance WOWBurke Thomas The Handsf Mr Ottermole 1931 classic slippery in the shadows ala RipperGlaspell Susan A Jury f Her Peers 1917 ft anthologized classic about a frightened farm Chester Tang sad little bit about a man with problems and a woman with a gun A little something for everyone from every angle. Y world Canada of Mr Appleby Stanley Ellin Bless this house Christianna Brand Someday I’ll plant walnut trees Lawrence Block “Thou art the man” Edgar Allan Poe The adventuref the dying detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The master The Queens Fool / The Virgins Lover of mystery Jack London The fat man Isak Dinesen Midnight in Beauchamp Row Anna Katharine Green I’ll be waiting Raymond Chandler The possibilityf evil Shirley Jackson The secret lover Peter Lovesey A jury Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of her peers Susan Glaspell The handsf Mr Ottermole Thomas Burke Tang Chester Himes Little apple hard to peel Fredric Brown.