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The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths: The Best New Original Stories of the Genre (Mystery & Detective Anthology) (The Series of Extraordinary Mystery Stories) Paperback – June 16, 2020
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“...simply the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year and a real treat for crime-fiction fans.” ―Leonard Carpenter, author of the Conan the Barbarian books and Lusitania Lost
The Book of Extraordinary Impossible Crimes and Puzzling Deaths is the latest collection from legendary murder mystery editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski. Filled with impossible murders and puzzling plot twists that keep your eyes on the page and brain on the mysteries until the last page.
Clever fictional crime stories. Some of mystery fiction's most inventive talents from the USA and UK offer a series of brand-new ingenious murder stories that will have you scratching your brow until the very last minute and delighting in Machiavellian solutions. Enjoy the third volume in Mango's innovative collections of the best crime stories fiction has to offer.
Enigmas and puzzling plot twists. Crime mystery fiction can be full of impenetrable conundrums and endless question marks when the story itself becomes a reality-defying puzzle for the sleuth to solve. A murder has been committed but how could it have happened? Was the room locked from the inside? Why does the body show no sign of violence? Where is the murder weapon?
Fresh innovative murder stories. Maxim Jakubowski’s latest book features never before seen stories by some of the most renowned American and British crime and thriller authors of today, including British Science Fiction Award winner Eric Brown, Derringer Award winner O'Neil de Noux, and multiple CWA Dagger Award winners and nominees.
A fan of Maxim Jakubowski’s The Book of Extraordinary Historical Mystery Stories and The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories? Reader of books such as Best American Mystery Stories 2018, Her Body and Other Parties, or The Big Book of Female Detectives? A movie goer who liked Clue or Knives Out? Jakubowski’s latest book is for you.
“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.
- Publisher : Mango (June 16, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1642502189
- ISBN-13 : 978-1642502183
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.25 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.