Classic Crime Collections Double Feature

Many thanks go to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press, the publisher, for allowing me access to advance readers copies of these two books in exchange for honest opinions.

Part two of this British Library Crime Classics marathon focuses on the short stuff., both books edited by Martin Edwards.

Miraculous Mysteries

The first collection was all about locked room and impossible crime mysteries. All of the stories are conundrums which defy a normal person's attempts to solve. However, the specialist detectives and amateur sleuths give it a try and seem to see the method in the murder.

Most of these stories were brilliant. One or two were actually predictable, which was surprising for this genre, but all kept me glued to the page. As always with short fiction, more could be added to them, but most are so perfectly created that there is no obvious clue. They are written by a wide range of writers, from Conan Doyle, Chesterton and Sayers, as well as many more. In fact, I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite story from this book. I love locked-room mysteries and I feel that this book is a great starting point for anyone new to the idea.

Star rating: 4/5
This book is due for publication on 6th June 2017

Continental Crimes

So it seems that everyone needs a holiday, and even across Europe, crimes get committed. Who would have thought it?! Well, the writers of these stories used the continent as a background to these clever crime stories, most of which are not murder mysteries, but there are one or two bloody deeds to read about.

This was one of those collections where the stories were so varied that there seemed no link. Of course, this is a great idea, even having such a tenuous connection as the continent...not a small place! This time even the great Agatha Christie is represented in a short piece. I admit that some of the stories had me a little lost with the solution, but all in all they were all great stories to read. Another book recommended to newcomers to the golden age!

Star rating: 4/5
This book is due to be published on 1st August 2017