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Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries

Resorting to Murder Holiday Mysteries Holidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all So in a different way do detective stories This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures From a golf course at the Engli

  • Title: Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries
  • Author: Martin Edwards
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  • Page: 116
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  • Holidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all So, in a different way, do detective stories This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Swiss mountain resort to the cliffs of Normandy, this new selection shows the enjoyable and unexpected ways in which crime writHolidays offer us the luxury of getting away from it all So, in a different way, do detective stories This collection of vintage mysteries combines both those pleasures From a golf course at the English seaside to a pension in Paris, and from a Swiss mountain resort to the cliffs of Normandy, this new selection shows the enjoyable and unexpected ways in which crime writers have used summer holidays as a theme These fourteen stories range widely across the golden age of British crime fiction Stellar names from the past are well represented Arthur Conan Doyle and G K Chesterton, for instance with classic stories that have won acclaim over the decades The collection also uncovers a wide range of hidden gems Anthony Berkeley whose brilliance with plot had even Agatha Christie in raptures is represented by a story so undeservedly obscure that even the British Library seems not to own a copy The stories by Phyllis Bentley and Helen Simpson are almost equally rare, despite the success which both writers achieved, while those by H C Bailey, Leo Bruce and the little known Gerald Findler have seldom been reprinted.

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    1. Diane on said:

      All in all, this is a fair to good collection of stories. However, I don't think it's quite as good as Serpents in Eden: A British Library Crime Classic or Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries.A breakdown of the stories:"The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" by Arthur Conan Doyle - one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. A woman is found dead and two of her brothers are completely insane. This was made into a creepy TV episode starring Jeremy Brett. "A Schoolmaster Abroad" by E.W. Hornu [...]

    2. Bev on said:

      Resorting to Murder is one of those books that call the name of the dedicated vintage mystery reader when she walks into the library. At leaste name of this dedicated vintage mystery reader. Martin Edwards and British Library Crime Classics--with the help of the Poisoned Pen Press here in the States--have been steadily re-introducing classic crime novels and short stories to a modern readership. For those of us who already know and love the Golden Age of detective stories, this is an incredible [...]

    3. Leah on said:

      Trains and boats and planes 3½ starsAnother in the British Library Crime Classics series, this works well as a companion piece to Martin Edward's other recent anthology, Capital Crimes: London Mysteries. As the title suggests, Resorting to Murder is a collection of classic crime stories set in holiday destinations. While a lot of them are set in and around Britain, several others take us abroad, mainly to Europe with the Swiss mountains featuring more than once (well, a good place to make [...]

    4. tom bomp on said:

      I didn't like this as much as Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic in the same series because I didn't really find any of the stories exceptional (except for the Sherlock Holmes story The Devil's Foot which opens the collection, but that feels kind of cheating) and some dragged quite a bit but I still enjoyed this trawl through the short stories of the Golden Age. Again the very short intros to each story are interesting and appreciated. For ones I'll mention for hav [...]

    5. Gerry on said:

      I have always been a fan of the British Library Crime Classics series but 'Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries' just did not cut the mustard for me. The reason is, I feel sure, I am not the greatest fan of short stories; I find that the development of a mystery in a few pages does not work for me and characters are not fully developed either so in the end, the story does not sparkle and grab my full attention.That is not to say that in this collection there are not some good authors but there [...]

    6. ^ on said:

      From the ‘golden age’ of crime fiction, fourteen stories of murder are collected here. Some authors I knew (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arnold Bennett and GK Chesterton). Others were new to me (Basil Thomson, H.C. Bailey and Phyllis Bentley).Holidays tempt us to shed our carefully developed corporate persona, and instead indulge in such fantasies of “what-if?” So it is that the title of the book reflects an intelligent commercial proposition; even if its page headers, left and right, serious [...]

    7. Damaskcat on said:

      This an interesting collection of holiday themed crime short stories from the Golden Age of British crime fiction. It is edited by Martin Edwards who has written an interesting introduction to the book as well as brief introductions to each story.There are fourteen short stories in this collection, some only a few pages while others are quite long. There are well known authors such as Anthony Berkeley and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well as less well known ones such as Leo Bruce and Gerald Findler [...]

    8. Chris on said:

      Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries marks the first original anthology in the British Library Crime Classic line, a collection built around the theme of mysteries solved by vacationing sleuths and detectives. Martin Edwards has collected fourteen stories from across the Golden Age of detection—it actually may stretch the Golden Age definition to its extremes, as the collection starts with a Sherlock Holmes tale from 1910 and ends with a mystery published in 1953.The collection begins with c [...]

    9. Lisa Kucharski on said:

      Found the stories here a bit odd or unexpected or not what I was anticipating a variety of all of this. I thought the stories would feel more like someone visiting a new land or entering a "vacation" mind only to have it interrupted by murder! The Sherlock and Freeman and Bruce stories felt that way to me and I enjoyed their crisp use of the short story format. The others felt a bit more meandering. One thing I did find interesting was that I got to read some work of authors that are harder to f [...]

    10. Lesa on said:

      I always have a hard time reviewing story collections, no matter how much I enjoy them. Do you just want to take my word that readers who appreciate the Golden Age mystery classics will appreciate Resorting to Murder? No? Well, then take editor Martin Edwards word for it.There are fourteen stories in this anthology. Edwards, himself an award-winning crime writer, calls these "vintage stories written over a span of roughly half a century, and which have a backdrop of a holiday". This is not a hol [...]

    11. Janis Hill on said:

      I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley for an open and honest review.As a huge fan of crime fiction and its myriad of sub-genres, I have to say I was thrilled when Poisoned Pen Press allowed me to read this book. The golden age of crime is aptly named and it was wonderful to read ‘new’ stories from some known authors as well as be introduced to others.This is a great read and something I would indeed take on holiday, or even have as a winter standby to read by the fire. It is a fantast [...]

    12. Bruce Gargoyle on said:

      I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A collection of short stories featuring summer holiday as a theme from classic British writers of crime fiction.I really enjoyed this anthology, for the fun trip through classic British murder mysteries, as much as getting to dip my toe into the writing styles of a bunch of mystery writers from the first half of the twentieth century without having to commit to reading a whole novel. The opening tale by [...]

    13. Maggie Hesseling on said:

      What an amazing collection of classic mysteries. Each different and entertaining in their own way. I even got to read a few that I'd never encountered before as well as learn of some mystery writers that I was unaware of. The perfect book for a short getaway, whether actually away from home, or merely escaping on the couch!

    14. Becky on said:

      A great collection of short stories from the golden age of detection, all with a common theme of holidays. Some real gems here from little known authors as well as from some of the greats. Would make a wonderful holiday read.

    15. Brian Clegg on said:

      Not surprisingly bought as a holiday read, Resorting to Murder was pleasant enough to pass the time, but didn't really hit the spot. Part of the problem is that by comparison with the opening Sherlock Holmes story (The Adventure of the Devil's Foot: itself not one of Conan Doyle's best as a mystery, though decidedly an atmospheric piece of writing), it becomes obvious that a lot of the classic crime writers featured here weren't very good at crafting an entertaining story.It was fun to discover [...]

    16. Andy on said:

      An entertaining collection of short stories, which includes detective stories, mysteries and classic whodunnits. Some stories I did not enjoy that much, but others were creepy, left me guessing until the end and were all around awesome like "Where is Mr. Manetot?" by Phyllis Bentley. Additionally, it introduced me to some classic detectives (other than Sherlock Holmes) that were new to me and who I would like to read more of, e.g. Reggie Fortune by H.C. Bailey. Overall, a good, quick read offeri [...]

    17. C Martin on said:

      I love a good mystery. I had high hopes I would be inspired by the discovery of a author previously unknown to me. Bought the book months ago with the intent to savor while on holiday of my own. Nope. Good thing i had other books. Unfortunately this felt like a reading assignment I slogged through it looking for a nugget of gold for naught. I am sure this is a matter of reader’s preference and not the authors of these short stories but wonder if maybe they were “lost stories” for a good re [...]

    18. Deanne on said:

      A mixed bag of stories, though the majority are very good and written by authors I haven't come across before. Some of the crimes are clever whilst others are got away with by sheer luck.

    19. Susan B on said:

      Quite a mixed bag. Some stories were dated in tone and more difficult to read and enjoy.

    20. Helen on said:

      Note:The British Library is republishing many of their Classic Crime and Spy novels, with the Poisoned Pen Press responsible for the U.S. editions. There will be twelve published this year and 2016. They will be available in trade paperback and Ebook. Many of these books have been out of print or difficult to find. Some of these Golden Age Crime writers are perhaps unknown to the American audience. Each book features stunning cover art pertinent to the era (20/30s Britain). Of note, Martin Edwar [...]

    21. Judy Lesley on said:

      This anthology of short stories from the golden age of British mystery writers is a British Library Crime Classics book edited by Martin Edwards. According to the Introduction, Edwards says these fourteen stories were written over roughly half a century and are arranged in this book in close to chronological order. The following is a list of the stories, in order, along with the author.The Adventure of the Devil's Foot by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and John WatsonA Schoolmaster [...]

    22. Cathy Cole on said:

      Insightful introductions by Martin Edwards guide readers through this collection of fourteen short stories written by some of the most popular crime fiction writers in England's golden age of mysteries (1910-1953). The theme of detectives on holiday provides the framework of the collection, and the stories take place in many vacation spots throughout the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.Of the fourteen authors, I was familiar with only three: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arnold Bennett, and G.K [...]

    23. Kristi | Hidden Staircase | on said:

      This is an interesting collection of short stories - classic crime while a character is on holiday (or on vacation, as we would say here in the United States). Before each story, Mr. Edwards provides a bit of background on the author and their writing career. While I knew the first, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I was unfamiliar with the remainder of the authors in this collection.The short stories vary greatly, and each is unique - some are told from the eyes of the criminal, others have a resolution [...]

    24. Mahala Church on said:

      What a fun book! Fourteen stories focused on the Golden Age of British crime writing, the series includes works by both recognized authors such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton. Many of the stories are quite rare, seldom reprinted, including those by Phyllis Bentley and Helen Simpson. Holidays seem to call for new mystery books, whether it’s a trip to the beach in the summer or a trip to grandparents for Christmas. Holiday mysteries were a great love of Christie and [...]

    25. Megan on said:

      I read most of this on a long train journey, to which it was very well suited. The range of stories and their different settings kept my interest and I particularly enjoyed the glimpse into holiday customs and practices of the past. Each story became a virtual mini-break in itself, transporting me to a different time and place. There was a good mix of well-known and more obscure authors, and I appreciated the amount of research which has evidently gone into compiling this collection. I particula [...]

    26. Emma on said:

      Perfect for sunny days. or rainy days for that matter!An enjoyable and brilliant collection of classic crime stories all set in holiday locations. From the British coast to the Swiss Alps, these stories offer great escapism and are just delightful. What I particularly like about this collection is that the majority of the stories are from unsung and largely unknown Golden Age crime authors, who have been forgotten in the modern day. With a brief introduction to each story by Martin Edwards, you [...]

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