The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits A collection of whodunnits features the work of such masters of the genre as Peter Tremayne Paul Harding S S Rafferty Lillian de La Torre Michael Harrison John Dickson Carr Edward D Hoch and ot

  • Title: The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits
  • Author: Mike Ashley
  • ISBN: 185487229x
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of whodunnits features the work of such masters of the genre as Peter Tremayne, Paul Harding, S S Rafferty, Lillian de La Torre, Michael Harrison, John Dickson Carr, Edward D Hoch, and others.ContentsThe locked tomb mystery Elizabeth Peters The thief versus King Rhampsinitus Herodotus Socrates solves a murder Br ni James Mightier than the sword JA collection of whodunnits features the work of such masters of the genre as Peter Tremayne, Paul Harding, S S Rafferty, Lillian de La Torre, Michael Harrison, John Dickson Carr, Edward D Hoch, and others.ContentsThe locked tomb mystery Elizabeth Peters The thief versus King Rhampsinitus Herodotus Socrates solves a murder Br ni James Mightier than the sword John Maddox Roberts The treasury thefts Wallace Nichols A Byzantine mystery Mary Reed and Eric Mayer He came with the rain Robert van Gulik The High King s sword Peter Tremayne The price of light Ellis Peters The confession of Brother Athelstan Paul Harding The witch s tale Margaret Frazer Father Hugh and the deadly scythe Mary Monica Pulver Leonardo da Vinci, detective Theodore Mathieson A sad and bloody hour Joe Gores The Christmas Masque S S Rafferty Murder lock d in Lillian de la Torre Captain Nash and the Wroth inheritance Raymond Butler The Doomdorf mystery Melville Davisson Post Murder in the Rue Royale Michael Harrison The gentleman from Paris John Dickson Carr The Golden Nugget poker game Edward D Hoch The case of the Deptford horror Adrian Conan Doyle Five rings in Reno R L Stevens Afterword Old time detection Arthur Griffiths

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    About “Mike Ashley

    • Mike Ashley

      Michael Raymond Donald Ashley is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide He lives in Chatham, Kent.



    683 thoughts on “The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits

    • It took me some time to get into the groove with this one, but once I was in, it was a ride worth the fare.Writing a fictional narrative set in an actual historical period is very challenging. The author has to do plenty of research and also make some educated guesswork - and still he or she can be pretty sure to get at least some detail wrong. The prospect is doubly difficult when the story in question is a mystery: for though crime is centuries old, detection is a relatively modern concept. An [...]


    • PART I: The Ancient WorldThe Locked Tomb Mystery - Elizabeth PetersAn Egyptian Sherlock Holmes pastiche, Amenhotep the eagle-nosed detective and his helper, the scribe Wadjsen.The thief vs King Rhampsinitus - HerodotusA familiar folktale.Socrates Solves a Murder - Breni JamesA pastiche of Socratic dialogue-style, a la Plato. Clever.Mightier Than the Sword - John Maddox RobertsAn urbane, witty, man of Rome, solving crime while going about his business.The Treasury Thefts - Wallace NicholsLovely s [...]


    • Recommended for folks who enjoy murder mysteries, historical fiction, and both together. And while I am certainly one of those folks, I confess didn't find much that I really enjoyed here (other than the Cadfael story, but I'd read that one already.) A few were good, most were meh. This anthology was a whole lot more captivating when I first read it 15 years ago, for some reason.One of the stories is a murder mystery constructed almost entirely out of Shakespeare dialogue. It's a neat trick but [...]


    • While one or two of these short story, murder mysteries may have been so-so, they largely were interesting and enjoyable reads. I noted someone complained that English mysteries, except for Christie, are not that good. Well, firstly, the compilation (anthology) of short stories was published in England (1993) but most of the authors are American and not just British. Also, the authors are from the late 19th century to early - mid 20th century. Some are really good authors not often known to late [...]


    • A really great collection of stories ranging from BC to AD, the whole historical spectrum. Anyone who enjoys historical mysteries will be delighted to read this. It makes a great book at bedtime, one story per night.The collection doesn't suffer from a few famous good stories with the rest being so-so. Every story is a gem and the famous writers do not outshine the less well known. Indeed I shall be looking up some of those writers to find more of their stories or their novels.I am already looki [...]


    • A mediocre collection. Some stories were nice but none very good or so interesting that I would want to read the author's other works. And many stories felt forced as if the author had tried too hard to write something that fit into the concept of historical mysteries and ended up with a muddle of clichés or historical names-dropping.Edit: keeps mixing up the different volumes of this series. There are at least 3 books by Mike Ashley that are all called "The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunni [...]


    • A minha fraqueza. Desde que li o meus primeiros policiais medievais, O Nome da Rosa de Umberto Eco e Um Corpo a Mais de Ellis Peters, fiquei completamente viciada neste género. Então quando apanhei esta pérola no Bookmooch nem pensei duas vezes. Uma vez que é uma antologia, há contos que vão do muito bom ao simplesmente aborrecido. Estão organizados por épocas (The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, Regency and Gaslight, Holmes and Beyond), e creio que há de tudo para todos os gostos. Para [...]


    • I didn't care for this book because I'm not a fan of mystery short-stories (the kind you'd find in something like Ellery Queen magazine). I picked up this book because I thought it was actually going to be about history, but it's a collection of short stories that are set in times earlier than the present day. I wish I could give it a rating of "ambivalent".


    • i Liked some of the stories and not others. I gave up on the Da Vinci one because for all the introduction about how the author researched each time period it just felt too anachronistic "Scottish warriors, aren't they the ones who wear skirts?" Ugh



    • so far so good, really like the bios on the authors at the beginning of each story - lots of new reading material - yeahh!


    • Have had this one on the shelves for a while. A good anthology, divided into time periods, with a good selection of authors.


    • Truthfully I didn't read all the stories herein, but like most anthologies I found it a mixed bag. I picked up the book to read Peter's Brother Cadfael story, and was thoroughly rewarded for it.


    • 3.75 starsAn unusual anthology of historical mysteries in chronological order from ancient Egypt to just into the 20th century in 1910. Lots of fun for the mystery lover.





    • Very hit and miss on the quality of the authors. Plus I always sort of feel that other than Christie, England just can't produce a good mysery writer


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