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The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre Kindle Edition
This anthology draws together some of the best new stories of mystery and murder—compiled by the Anthony Award–winning crime fiction editor.
This anthology collects the most original stories of murder by some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the United States and United Kingdom. With innovative new takes on locked-room mysteries and impossible crimes, these short stories are full of vexing conundrums and reality-defying puzzles. A murder has been committed—but how could it have happened?
Curated by Maxim Jakubowski, one of the crime genre’s most renowned editors, this volume features never-before-seen stories by acclaimed authors—including British Science Fiction Award–winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award–winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award–winners and nominees.
“An intriguing mixture of past tradition and future-shock dystopia, written by a giant of the genre...highly recommended.”
―Lee Childs, author of the Jack Reacher novels
“I have been a fan of Maxim Jakubowski for years. There just is no finer mystery writer and editor anywhere. Find a comfortable chair and a strong drink and prepare to be enthralled.”
―Alexander Algren, author of Out in a Flash: Murder Mystery Flash Fiction
“The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stores is a stunning collection, simply the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year and a real treat for crime-fiction fans. I highly recommend!” ―Leonard Carpenter, author of the Conan the Barbarian books and Lusitania Lost
“Maxim Jakubowski is deeply experienced in the field... Sometimes a brief zap of great writing is just what you’re in the mood for or have time for. That’s when anthologies like his are ideal....intellectually outstanding.”
―New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Maxim Jakubowski is a novelist and editor. He was born in the United Kingdom and educated in France. Following a career in book publishing, he opened the world-famous Murder One bookshop in London in 1988. He compiles two acclaimed annual series for the Mammoth list, Best New Erotica and Best British Crime. He is a winner of the Anthony and Karel awards, a frequent TV and radio broadcaster, crime columnist for the Guardian newspaper, and Literary Director of London's Crime Scene Festival. He lives in London, United Kingdom.
- ASIN : B088P5F8WS
- Publisher : Mango Media (June 16, 2020)
- Publication date : June 16, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 18010 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 343 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #588,099 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For starters, many of the stories are led by an investigator who follows a typical, modern crime scene procedural and the plots rely heavily on the forensics team and their evidence combing through the post mortem; what were the contents of his stomach, analysis of dried blood, DNA samples, etc. I am not a huge fan of these CSI type episodes as they become too official and therefore too bland for my tastes. I want literature, not a police report!
As the book progresses, the stories become more varied in tone and style. Two notable entries worth mentioning are The Last Thing I Do and Whatever Remains. The first is about the investigation of murdered members of a King Author historical society, told in a whimsical style with plenty of metaphors and allusions to that Anglo Saxon and his pantheon. The second is a mixture of detection and sci-fi where the policeman investigates a murder at a university. This one left me tense and in angst for a very long time.
There are plenty of rejects too. The Window is a silly escapist romance about a time travelling girl while exploring a castle in Scotland; it does not belong here. The Fire Inside has a mix of sci fi and stereotypical American private "dick" including a distressed damsel but fails to deliver due to the author's lack of technical background in explaining scientific principles. Other stories are somewhere between mildly interesting and forgettable.