A Collection Of Short Mystery Stories
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Powerhouse mystery writer Elizabeth George, best known for her Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley series, anthologizes mystery short stories by female writers. George starts with some of the earliest women authors of the genre, from 1917 to 2009. George provides illuminating introductions to each piece, providing a biography of the writer and situating her within her cultural and historical context. Anyone who thinks that crime fiction was strictly a male endeavor could stand to read this anthology.
Among the stories included in this anthology are The Game Played in the Dark by Ernest Bramah. It is an early story that features Bramah's iconic blind detective Max Carrados and was part of an eight story collection written by Bramah in 1914.
The Moabite Cipher is another classic tale by a mystery writer who once ruled the best-seller lists, but has faded from public memory today. R Austin Freeman wrote an extensive series of books and stories featuring his fictional 'tec Dr Thorndyke. This tale depicts the good doctor's attempts to crack a complicated code.
This story is a favorite of mine. if you like short stories in the vein of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, you will like this. It is from the same social period and is quite unforgettable for me, in a way that just a handful of stories really do sink in and stay with you. I like the ending of this one better. Haven't heard how this narrator does on it.
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No matter how or where they appear, strangers are walking mysteries, complete unknowns in once-familiar territories who disrupt our lives with unease and wonder. In the newest collection of stories by the Mystery Writers of America, each author weaves a fresh tale surrounding the eerie feeling that comes when a stranger enters our midst, featuring stories by prolific mystery writers such as Michael Connelly, Lisa Unger, and Joe Hill.
Deadly Anniversaries, a collection of crime and mystery stories from some of the best contemporary authors, all of whom have been invited to put their own unique spin on what it means to recognize a certain day or event every year. An anniversary can take many forms, and by the time this group of bestsellers and award winners is through, none of us will ever look at anniversaries the same way again.
This collection brings together three novellas by USA Today bestselling author, M. Louisa Locke: Violet Vanquishes a Villain, Kathleen Catches a Killer, and Dandy Delivers. These shorter works contain the light romance, humor, and suspense of the novels in her cozy Victorian San Francisco mystery series and are an excellent introduction to the gas-lit world of late 19th-century San Francisco.
This collection of short stories can be read as an introduction or a companion to the full-length novels in the cozy historical Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, and chronologically it comes between the events of the sixth full-length mystery, Scholarly Pursuits, and the seventh full-length mystery, Lethal Remedies.
Join amateur sleuths, private detectives, and feisty female protagonists in a journey through time with this anthology of historical mysteries spanning nearly a thousand years, from Medieval Wales to 1940s Ohio. This collection of eight novellas and short stories is the perfect introduction to five award-winning series in settings ranging from the back streets of Elizabethan and Regency London to the steep slopes of Victorian San Francisco.
The Listerdale Mystery is a short story collection written by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by William Collins and Sons in June 1934. The book retailed at seven shillings and sixpence (7/6). The collection did not appear in the US however all of the stories contained within it did appear in other collections only published there.
The collection comprises 12 short stories which were first published individually in various magazines between 1924 - 1929. These feature a variety of themes, including the supernatural. Only a few are straight-forward crime and detection stories. None of the stories feature Christie's recurrent characters.
Robert Barnard: "Most of the stories in this collection are 'jolly', rather than detection. The final story is a dreadfully obvious one based on Tosca. The two stories with detective interest are the often reprinted Philomel Cottage (good but rather novelettish in style), and the clever Accident"
P. D. James was a highly experienced crime writer, and The Mistletoe Murder is a compilation of four Christmas murder mystery stories that she wrote for various magazines. Of the four tales, two are standalones while the other two include her famous detective Dalgliesh-- meaning readers new to her work will enjoy this book just as much as those familiar with James' writing style.
Candlekeep Mysteries is a collection of seventeen short, stand-alone D&D adventures designed for characters of levels 1-16. Each adventure begins with the discovery of a book, and each book is the key to a door behind which danger and glory await. These adventures can be run as one-shot games, plugged into an existing Forgotten Realms campaign, or adapted for other campaign settings.
Many of history's finest novelists have tried their hand at the short story, and some are even best-known for their prowess in this form. Think of John Cheever, Katherine Mansfield and Tessa Hadley, all of whom appear on this list. Elsewhere, short stories offer unfamiliar readers an opportunity to dip their toe into a writer's style, or else see a different side of them altogether: James Joyce, Carson McCullers and Ian McEwan, arguably best-known for their novels, can all be accessed in a different way through their short fiction.
Readers continue to show a huge appetite for the short story and it's no wonder when modern writers such as Lauren Groff, Daisy Johnson and Ottessa Moshfegh have turned out some of the most critically-acclaimed collections of recent years. There have even been viral short story sensations: 2017's Cat Person, a tale of romance gone wrong, captured the cultural zeitgeist and sparked conversations around the world immediately after its publication in the New Yorker.
Short stories are the heart of the mystery genre. The mystery story developed over the course of a century, in the pages of magazines like The Strand and Black Mask. There are many solid markets publishing short mystery stories today.
Mystery short stories are often the perfect length for one self-contained case. There is room to establish a main character, to define a complex crime, and to encounter a few well-placed obstacles. At the same time, the form is still compressed enough to offer a reader the immediate satisfaction of following a plot to a relatively quick resolution.
This mystery genre is a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes. It can take the form of a novel or short story. The purpose of a mystery novel is to solve a puzzle and to create a feeling of resolution with the audience.
In 1928, the novelist S.S. Van Dine, wrote a much-acclaimed article called Twenty Rules for Writing Detective Stories. Among the lot, Van Dine outlined the key issues which must be apparent in any short story mystery:
I wonder if you have read Beatrice C Snipp.Her book Sands of Time a collection of thought provoking stories.I found in a charity shop for 50 cents.It was so reminiscent of early 60s Twilight Zone .I looked her up and appears to have died in 1963.I think but I am still looking.A must for any Rod Serling fan.Larry
I know this may not be relevant in a list of the best science fiction stories ever written.I have come across a small book by an unknown writer.To say that a couple of the stories are compelling is a complete understatement.Looking at its sales on Amazon, I doubt if it has sold many at all.I happened across it by accident.I am glad that I did as I have thought about the stories since I first read the book almost a month ago.If you happen to come across the author try to read her work.She has a very perceptive manner of writing.Beatrice C SnippSands of Time a collection of thought provoking stories 59ce067264