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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; First printing of this edition edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015677
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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'An essential read for all crime fans.' (Publishing News)

'A page-turning compendium of British talent that has captured the imagination of readers around the world.' (Crime Time)

What's most surprising about The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime is the proximity of gentle masterpieces. (reviewingtheevidence.com)

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Over 35 new short stories from the UK’s leading crime writers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren Stalley on 3 Nov. 2013
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The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime volume 8 offers a rich variety of authors and subject matter. There really is something for everyone. Big name authors rub shoulders with lesser known writers but the reader is guaranteed entertainment.
This collection starts strongly with :

The Very Last Drop - Ian Rankin - A Rebus tale where the newly retired detective does some private sleuthing at a brewery. Soon he's digging up ghosts and sampling beer along the way.

Dolphin Junction - Mick Herron - A distressed husband tries to convince the police that his wife has been abducted but all the clues suggest otherwise. What is the truth of her disappearance? An award winning novella of hidden secrets.

Chris Takes The Bus - Denise Mina - A brief interlude where a couple wait anxiously at the bus station for the London coach. Such a short yet sad piece of skilled writing.

The Madwoman Of Usk - Edward Marston - A historical story where a murder investigation by an arch deacon uncovers strange things. A story that reflects on the mistrust between the Welsh and the English.

Dead And Breakfast - Marilyn Todd - A young man who works at his parents French hotel uses his habit of snooping on the residents to uncover a murder. A charming tale which even finds time for romance.

Affairs Of The Heart - Kate Atkinson - A man thinks he's found paradise when a naïve young lady from a wealthy family falls for him but who is really the fool in this delicious mix of table manners and murder.

The Ballard Of Manky Milne - Stuart MacBride - A drug addict and his young girlfriend have the bright idea of stealing some hidden drugs but soon they're in a whole heap of muck and things don't get any better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. M. on 3 Oct. 2012
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I bought volumes 7, 8 and 9 in the Jubilee sale and would have to say this was the weakest of the three - several stories simply didn't merit publication. However, it is a big volume with lots of better material, so I can give a qualified recommendation. (At the price I paid the recommendation would be unqualified!)

If you don't know this series, try vol 9 first and see what you think.

Whilst writing, I should mention that Mr Brazill's story was a lot of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs W Waugh on 19 Oct. 2014
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Number eight of these annual Crime Books they get better with every one that comes out.................
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray Garraty on 9 Oct. 2013
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This thick volume includes more than 40 stories. I want to just say "wow!", but is it plus to a book with such a volume, when the title has the word «best»? On the one hand, ut's a definite plus: the editor Jakubowski read a lot and carefully, selecting stories for publication, from anthologies and print magazines, as well as from online zines and chapbooks. Accordingly, there are masters of the genre, who have a few awards on the shelf, but there are newbies as well who have no published books. The variety is almost always good, but variety does not mean quality. Are all the forty stories the best? Or there are the best, those that are worse, and those one about which people usually say "read and forgot"? Yes, those there are here too. With this number of stories it's impossible that all the stories were equally good. If the book will be of ten stories, it would be really best of the year, but it turned out the best and a lot of good. Read the best is necessary, 10-15 stories here are good, the rest are for another reader, maybe. I will look at the top ten only (in the order they appear in the book).

«Dolphin Junction» by Mick Herron is definitely one of the best stories in the book. The plot is that a husband finds a note from his wife stating that she was leaving and that he didn't try to find her. The police treat him calmly: adults converge and diverge, anything can happen, - but the husband feels that his wife was not gone somewhere by herself, but she was kidnapped. He starts to find her. This story has everything that makes a story good story: an unexpected turn, tense plot, secrets of the past, and retribution for them in the present. «Affairs of the Heart» by Kate Atkinson seems at first a humorous story, but the end is dark as in the «Dolphin Junction».
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