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Resorting to Murder

Holiday Mysteries. British Library Crime Classics

Edited by Martin Edwards
Format: Paperback
Publisher: British Library Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: The British Library Publishing Division
Published: 7th May 2015
Dimensions: w 132mm h 190mm d 26mm
Weight: 304g
ISBN-10: 0712357483
ISBN-13: 9780712357487
Barcode No: 9780712357487
Synopsis
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 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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