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Crime Through Time: III [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharan Newman


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons (Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042517509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425175095
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,725,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of historical mysteries, whose settings range from the medieval Vatican to the nineteenth-century American West, features contributions from Andrew Greeley, Sharyn McCrumb, Margaret Coel, Steven Saylor, and Harry Turtledove.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grat anthology 13 Jun 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fans of historical mysteries will have a very good time perusing the third collection in an excellent anthology series. Editor Sharyn Newman has accumulated a variety of superb stories that will satisfy most readers with its strong contents. The introduction written by talented Victorian mystery author Anne Perry provides insight into the book, series, and overall sub-genre.

Many popular writers have contributed tales about their famous characters. Steven Sayor includes a new Gordionus story while Bruce Alexander provides a well-written original story. Miriam Grave Monefredi combines her Civil War knowledge with a Viet Nam widow's loss. Jan Burke, known for her police procedurals and amateur sleuths has written a historical supernatural mystery. Even alternate history great Harry Turtledove has entered the foray. All the stories are entertaining and fun to read, making this short story collection worth keeping.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet more historical crimes 10 July 2010
By Elizabeth A. Root - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was an enjoyable collection of historical crime stories, although not as good, I think as Mike Ashley's Historical Whodunnit collections. These are all new, and the Ashley works also include some classics. This is a trifle more literary, not necessarily a good thing to my mind. Most of the stories are detective fiction, but a few are simply short stories about grim events, which I didn't find as interesting. But I include the contents, so you can look and see if your favorite authors are represented.

CONTENTS: The Consul's Wife by Steven Saylor -- Merchants of Discord by Laura Frankos -- Farmer's Law by Harry Turtledove -- The Case of the Murdered Pope by Andrew Greeley -- Lark in the Morning by Sharyn McCrumb -- The Weeping Time by Maureen Jennings -- The Irish Widower by Leonard Tourney -- Smoke by William Sanders -- Episode of the Water Closet by Bruce Alexander -- Suspicion by Michael Coney -- Murder in Utopia by Peter Robinson -- Dr. Death by Peter Lovesey -- Dinner with H. P. B. by Eileen Kernaghan -- The Haunting of Carrick Hollow by Jan Burke & Paul Sledzik -- Howard by H. R. F. Keating -- Come Flit by Me by Elizabeth Foxwell -- Murder on the Denver Express by Margaret Coel -- A Single Spy by Miriam Grace Monfredo.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Crime It Wasn't Better... 10 April 2003
By ED Detetcheverrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I purchase anthologies to get aquainted with new authors. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine generally satisfies my thirst for crime stories, but the whole historical aspect of this collection caught my interest. Overall, the book is pleasant, yet humdrum. Many of the stories were so brief you really couldn't get a feel for any of the characters and whatever clues were required to conclude each story seemed thrust forth eagerly in an effort to just end things quickly. Some stories shone more brightly than others--mainly due to the creative use of setting. I'm uncertain how accurate some of the details were for each of the eras represented, but all seemed quite plausible, creating nearly all of the charm the book possessed. Many of the stories came across as little more than tiny one-act plays with little time for humor or any misleading of the reader, thus making them instantly forgettable. If the authors are allowed more leeway to properly flavor the next collection, perhaps it won't be quite so bland. I'd rather pay more for a thicker book or read one with fewer authors penning longer stories than see another collection so forced and underdone.
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