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Obras de Patricia Craig

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A Touch of Mistletoe (1967) — Introdução, algumas edições121 cópias
Death by Request (1933) — Introdução, algumas edições35 cópias
The Burnaby Experiments (1952) — Prefácio, algumas edições10 cópias


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The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories gathers 33 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
CalleFriden | outras 4 resenhas | Feb 7, 2023 |
The best anthology of its kind, showing even more consistently good taste than Ellery Queen in their big Modern Library anthology. Those anthology staples "The Avenging Chance," "The Witness for the Prosecution," "The House in Goblin Wood," "Silver Blaze," and "Solved by Inspection" are all justifiably here to anchor the collection, while the less familiar selections generally testify to Craig's wide reading in the genre and excellent taste.

Some quibbles of course. Crime stories of the "biter is bit" genus are perhaps overrepresented leading to a bit of repetitiousness, nor do such stories really qualify as detective fiction. Craig complains that all but two or three of Chesterton's Father Brown stories are tedious and melodramatic "moral parables" rather than classical detective stories, then selects for inclusion one of the preachiest of them all ("The Oracle of the Dog"); I'd have selected "The Sign of the Broken Sword" or "The Invisible Man" or "The Queer Feet" or "The Eye of Apollo" or "The Miracle of Moon Crescent" or "The Dagger with Wings" myself. It would also have been nice to find space for "The Two Bottles of Relish" by Lord Dunsany, surely one of the top ten short stories in this genre.… (mais)
middlemarchhare | outras 4 resenhas | Nov 25, 2015 |
Many famous authors, including Arthur Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman, Raymond Chandler, Erle Stanley Gardner, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, James Thurber, Jorge Luis Borges ("Death and the Compass"), Georges Simenon, Ellery Queen, Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky.

A quote from "Death and the Compass":
"You'll say reality is under no obligation to be interesting. To which I'd reply that reality may disregard the obligation but that we may not. . . ." [p. 240]
raizel | Jul 4, 2014 |
Including stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, P.D. James, and many more this serves as a good introduction to British mystery writing.
JereGenest | outras 4 resenhas | Mar 30, 2013 |

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Robert Barnard Contributor
Nicholas Blake Contributor
Arthur Morrison Contributor
G. D. H. Cole Contributor
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Michael Innes Contributor
Edmund Crispin Contributor
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Geoffrey Bush Contributor
Ronald Knox Contributor
Clarence Rook Contributor
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Ngaio Marsh Contributor
Michael Underwood Contributor
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Roy Vickers Contributor
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Edith Wharton Contributor
Elizabeth Hardwick Contributor
Charles Dickens Contributor
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Jack Kerouac Contributor
Dan Jacobson Contributor
Zelda Fitzgerald Contributor
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