Serpents in Eden : countryside crimes

Format: Print Book 2016
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Serpents
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Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Serpents
Wilkinsburg Public Library Mystery FIC SER MYS
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Collection  Mystery
Call Number  FIC SER MYS

Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder

'The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.... Think of the deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser.' --Sherlock Holmes

Many of the greatest British crime writers have explored the possibilities of crime in the countryside in lively and ingenious short stories. Serpents in Eden celebrates the rural British mystery by bringing together an eclectic mix of crime stories written over half a century. From a tale of poison-pen letters tearing apart a village community to a macabre mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle, the stories collected here reveal the dark truths hidden in an assortment of rural paradises.

Among the writers included here are such major figures as G. K. Chesterton and Margery Allingham, along with a host of lesser-known discoveries whose best stories are among the unsung riches of the golden age of British crime fiction between the two world wars.

The Black doctor / Arthur Conan Doyle
Murder by proxy / M. McDonnell Bodkin
The fad of the fisherman / G.K. Chesterton
The geniune tabard / E.C. Bentley
The Gylston slander / Herbert Jenkins
The long barrow / H.C. Bailey
The naturalist at law / R. Austin Freeman
A proper mystery / Margery Allingham
Direct evidence / Anthony Berkeley
Inquest / Leonora Wodehouse
The scarecrow / Ethel Lina White
Clue in the mustard / Leo Bruce
Our pageant / Gladys Mitchell.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This genial anthology contains 13 stories with rural English settings written over half a century or so, many during that golden age of crime fiction between the world wars. The solution of "The Black Doctor," a non-Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle, depends on what today's readers would consider a cheap trick, but which was probably quite novel when it appeared in 1898. The lush style of M. McDonnell Bodkin's "Murder by Proxy" nicely conveys an earlier era. Thus a character is "radiant in white flannel, with a broad-brimmed Panama hat perched lightly on his glossy black curls." And when was the last time you heard a cornered murderer exclaim, "Curse you, curse you, you've caught me"? A couple of selections hinge on information that is likely to be of significance only to natives of England, and others require a classical education heavy on Greek and Latin. Still, this volume is bound to please fans of traditional mysteries. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series British Library crime classics.
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Scottsdale, AZ :Poisoned Pen Press,2016
Edition First US trade paperback edition.
Other Titles Countryside crimes
Contributors Edwards, Martin, writer of introduction, editor.
Language English
Description x, 264 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781464205750
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