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The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries: Bk. 6 [Paperback]

Maxim Jakubowski

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21 April 2009 Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries (Book 6)
Thirty-five short stories from the top names in British crime fiction, by the likes of Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Jake Arnott, Val McDermid, and more.

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Marilyn Todd is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and historical thrillers, who "paints antiquity with a particularly suspenseful brush and skillfully tangled plots" (Booklist). Her Roman series features "a gorgeous rich bitch, plotting and spying to survive adverse fortune" (Daily Mail). The Greek novels feature "an abundance of historical tidbits and robust prose" (Kirkus Reviews). All her work embraces humour, suspense and a lively sense of drama, often inspired by the places she visits.

Her short story "The Wickedest Town in the West" won one of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's prestigious Readers Awards.

Another story, "Room for Improvement", about quickie divorces in 1950s Brighton, was also nominated for a Shamus.

She and her husband currently live on a French hilltop surrounded by vineyards and woods, and when she isn't killing people, Marilyn enjoys cooking. Which is pretty much the same thing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Letters Read 10 Jun 2009
By Writetrak - Published on Amazon.com
In this 2009 edition of Best British Mysteries (as edited by Maxim Jakubowski) you'll find 39 short stories that resound with imagination and style; some more so that others- but all worthy of entry into this year's collection. Murder mysteries and crime stories are taking on new shape in the genre with some fresh new voices in tones that might shock the more timid reader not use to finding swearing with their grisly murders most foul. But hey! murder and even faux murder is nasty business and it would be a crime if you didn't read this clever 524 page collection.
With such authors as Alexander McCall Smith, Colin Dexter, Ann Cleeves, Donna Mooere, and many others you'll easily find a voice or a style that will appeal to you. And maybe one or two that don't. But that's the value of short story collections- the hunt and the finding of new talent or talent otherwise not considered.
The game's afoot but it's up to you to keep up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Could Be Better? 18 July 2010
By Christina B. Conroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All your favorite crime writers in one tight volume - What could be better?

Christina Britton Conroy: author of ONE MAN'S MUSICOne Man's Music
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