Continental Crimes

Continental Crimes

Book - 2017 | First US trade paperback edition
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"A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris - belonging to the city's chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death. These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings - cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux - to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting. Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2017
Edition: First US trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781464207488 (paperback)
1464207488
Branch Call Number: M CONTINENTAL SS
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Martin 1955-

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there are some good stories, here, no doubt: it's just that Poe did it first, and he did it better. Example: the first story, by Doyle, is very similar to Poe's A CASK OF AMONTILLADO, but without the delicious drollery i perceive in Edgar Allan, and without the sense of immediacy. So, these stories will do, in a pinch. Ho-hum.

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