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Whodunnit? Utterly Baffling Detective Stories [Paperback]

Philip Pullman
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5 Nov 2007
Unexplained disappearances, daring thefts, perplexing mysteries and the greatest sleuths of all time combine to make this a page-turning read. From Sherlock Holmes to Hercule Poirot, these detectives puzzle their way through a maze of alibis and motives in the very best of classic and contemporary crime fiction.It includes: "The Speckled Band" - Arthur Conan Doyle; "Cold Money" - Ellery Queen; "The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb" - Agatha Christie; "Emil and the Detectives" - Erich Kastner; "The Inspiration of Mr Budd" - Dorothy L. Sayers; "From the Files of Inspector Craig" - Raymond Smullyan; "Butch Minds the Baby" - Damon Runyon; "Murder at St Oswald's" - Michael Underwood; "The Cross of Lorraine" - Isaac Asimov; "The Newdick Helicopter" - Leslie Charteris; "The One-Handed Murderer" - Italo Calvino; "The Little Mystery" - E. C. Bentley; "Fingerprinting a Ghost" - Tony Fletcher; "It's a Hard World" - Andrew Vachss; and "Maddened by Mystery" - Stephen Leacock.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753415305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753415306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philip Pullman is an award-winning, bestselling author. The His Dark Materials trilogy (Scholastic) has garnered critical acclaim throughout the world; the last volume, The Amber Spyglass, was the first children's book to be awarded the Whitbread Prize (in 2001). His other novels include The Ruby in the Smoke and Tiger in the Well (Viking). He lives in Oxford.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars some great little stories 30 Aug 2009
This is a little gem of detective fiction. I'd recommend it to anyone taking say train journeys to work etc, because you can just about knock out a story on a commute. If your not a commuter and you want a little detective diversion every now and again its still perfect.
The stories are each little classics so if you've read one before most can be re read with joy. However if you are an old hand at detective stories I'd suggest something else, or would I.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Phillip Pullman has chosen some excellent short stories for this attractively packaged collection. Designed with older children, teenagers and young adults in mind - obvious only in two puzzle sections and possibly the choice of an extract from 'Emil and the Detectives' - this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery stories.

Some old favourites appear. Whilst some, such as Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Speckled Band', will doubtless be familiar to most readers, others probably won't be. Many of the biggest names of mystery fiction are covered: Agatha Christie (with a Poirot story, 'The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb'), Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade's most conventional detective story, 'They Can Only Hang You Once') and Dorothy L. Sayers (in fine form with 'The Inspiration of Mr Budd'). There are also stories of crisp deduction from Ellery Queen, roguish adventure from Leslie Charteris and the Saint, and intuition and lateral thinking from Isaac Asimov.

Pullman doesn't confine himself to the usual suspects, however, and there is also an Italian folktale and part of a memoir of a fingerprint expert recalling an unusual request. My personal favourite is 'Butch Minds the Baby', a beautifully deadpan tale of New York criminals.

Well worth buying for any teenagers you know who might be interested - or simply reading yourself.

Note this volume is sometimes also listed as `Whodunit?' (with a single 'n') and was previously called simply `Detective Stories'.
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