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This review is from: The Beast With Five Fingers (Wordsworth Mystery & Supernatural) (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) (Paperback)
First things first; the title story of this collection is not representative of the contents. Tales of the supernatural contained within are a minority and most of those deal with the subject in an oblique manner. The majority of the remainder are little mysteries, some dramatic, others humorous and the remaining stories are little vignettes of life in general, the kind that don't readily fall into any particular category.
What they all have in common is that they're written with such elegance and style that you wonder how on earth Harvey has remained such a secret for so long. In his introduction David Stuart Davies says there isn't a dud among these 40+ stories and I'm inclined to agree. After the initial disappointment of finding that this collection was not quite what I'd expected I realised that I had instead found something rather more unique and interesting.