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Oxford Book of English Detective Stories

ISBN-10: 0192829688

ISBN-13: 9780192829689

Edition: 1998

Authors: Patricia Craig

List price: $16.95
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The scene: a sleeping car on the North-Western express, somewhere between Preston and Carlisle. The weapon: a small-caliber revolver. The victims: two young newlyweds, with little money and no known enemies. The puzzle: everyone in the car has an alibi, and no one was seen to leave. And thus the stage is set for another gripping detective story. The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories gathers thirty-three engrossing tales of crime, ranging from the birth of the genre to the present day. Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Robert Barnard, and Simon Brett--all the giants of English mystery are here, as well as Christianna Brand, Ngaio Marsh, Michael Innes, Reginald Hill, Nicholas Blake, Michael Underwood, and many more. Editor Patricia Craig treats us to Sherlock Holmes, indefatigably tracking the details of the theft of Colonel Ross's prize horse, Silver Blaze, and the murder of its trainer. In "The Oracle of the Dog," G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown sits calmly in his study, solving at a distance the perplexing murder of Colonel Druce: was it the foreign Dr. Valentine, the foppish lawyer Traill, or Floyd, the exuberant American secretary? P.D. James sends Chief Superindentant Dalgliesh on the trail of a mysterious death from some seventy years before--a case with a final, darkly ironic twist. And Robert Barnard grimly lampoons English academe in "The Oxford Way of Death." In addition to this dazzling array of stories, Craig provides a concise introduction which surveys the origins and development of this enduring genre. Ingenious, gothic, morbid, satirical--the English detective story ranks among the most dynamic and gripping fiction. In The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, Patricia Craig presents some of the best ever written, in an absorbing tour of the world of crime, detection, and retribution.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.13" wide x 7.75" long x 1.17" tall
Weight: 0.858

Introduction
The Stir Outside the Cafe Royal
Silver Blaze
The Mysterious Visitor
The Case of Laker, Absconded
The Oracle of the Dog
The Genuine Tabard
The Dead Leaves
The Mystery of the Sleeping-Car Express
The Purple Line
Solved by Inspection
The Henpecked Murderer
Superintendent Wilson's Holiday
The Witness for the Prosecution
The Avenging Chance
Murder at Pentecost
Death on the Air
Miss Burnside's Dilemma
Daisy Bell
Three is a Lucky Number
The Assassins' Club
The House in Goblin Wood
The Furies
The Hornets' Nest
The Murderer
The Killing of Michael Finnegan
Murder at St Oswald's
Great Aunt Allie's Flypapers
Baker Dies
A Dangerous Thing
Thornapple
The Oxford Way of Death
Bring Back the Cat!
How's Your Mother?
Acknowledgements
Biographical Notes