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The Detection Club , Colin Dexter , Robert Goddard , Reginald Hill , P.D. James , Simon Brett
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9 April 2015
This superb collection of new and previously unpublished crime stories celebrates 75 years of The Detection Club. The Detection Club represents the cream of British crime writing talent. Appropriately for such a society, the precise date of the Club's founding is shrouded in mystery, but the Club was formalised with a constitution and rules in1932. Its first president was G.K. Chesterton, and since then the mantle of Presidency has passed to some of the most significant names in the history of crime fiction, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and Julian Symonds. The Club meets three times a year, to dine, to plot and to exchange ideas. This anthology includes twelve new stories by the best of British. The stellar line up includes Lindsey Davis, Robert Barnard, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, John Harvey, Reginald Hill, P.D. James, H.R.F. Keating, Peter Lovesey, Michael Ridpath, Margaret Yorke and Simon Brett, and the collection has been edited by Simon Brett. Among the authors are a number of bestsellers as well as winners of both Diamond and Gold Daggers. This outstanding collection will be a must with crime lovers everywhere.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (9 April 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0007569718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007569717
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full time. As well as the much-loved Fethering series, the Mrs Pargeter novels and the Charles Paris detective series, he has written a number of radio and television scripts. Married with three children, he lives in an Agatha Christie-style village on the South Downs. You can find out more about Simon at his website:

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'In the best criminal anthology of the year ... there are cracking tales of murder and skulduggery ... the ideal stocking filler for the armchair detective.' (Mike Ripley BIRMINGHAM POST )

'...the closest thing to a Crime Writer's Hall of Fame - and this eclectic collection demonstrates why everyone of these authors deserves a place there.' (DAILY RECORD )

'A treat for all mystery fans.' (IMAGE magazine )

'excellent stories by Margaret Yorke, Reginald Hill, PD James and, especially, John Harvey, who weighs in with a moody piece featuring jazz- and sandwich-loving detective Resnick, now living domestically with ex-colleague Lynn Kellogg, but stirred by his encounter with an older out-of-order love.' (LITERARY REVIEW ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Simon Brett has been a radio producer, broadcaster, actor and writer. He is the author of many crime novels, including the series featuring Mrs Pargeter, and several volumes of short stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection 31 Dec 2012
By BMeehan
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An entertaining collection of stories - from some of the best British writers in the mystery crime genre. I recommend it to anyone wanting a quick read on the train or bus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strong anthology 3 May 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
What better way to show reverence to Britain's Detection Club than with a strong anthology for its seventy-fifth birthday though based on Simon Brett's Introduction the founding date is ironically a mystery as 1929, 1930 or 1932 are bandied about. One thing mystery fans will agree upon is that the club has always contained a who's who. The founders included Christie, Chesterton, and Sayers, etc. The contributors to this anthology consists of renowned British authors such as P.D. James, Colin Dexter, H.R.F. Keating, and one of this reviewer's favorite suspense authors Robert Goddard. The eleven tales are all well written with three extraordinary standouts: James' "The Part-time Job", Dexter's "Between the Lines" and "Toupee for a Bald Tyre" by Goddard. Mr. Brett adds an essay "The Detection Club, A Brief History" that adds to the fun of a fine compilation that whether it is anniversary 73. 75 or 76, still pays homage to the founding parents through a solid short story collection.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Condition For A "Used" Paperback 4 Dec 2010
By Beth - Published on
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Great to have this as part of The Detection Club issuances for anyone's library. Used/Like New paperback is in excellent condition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mind Teasers 22 Mar 2011
By nurwho - Published on
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Good book of short story mind teasers to keep you occupied when you find yourself with dead time on your hands with nothing to do.
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