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Excellent reference work for crime buffs- but works better in hard copy,
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This review is from: Books to Die For (Kindle Edition)
"Books To Die For" is a comprehensive but accessible collection of essays from some well-known and not so well-known writers on crime and mystery novels that they admire. It's certainly a broad church, and as with any book like this, there will be inclusions and omissions that raise eyebrows. What is particularly good about this collection though is that the essays are short, easy to read and devoid of pretentious critical twaddle. Most of the essays I've read so far portray the writer's love and admiration for the book they are reviewing and recommending - so in turn this makes you want to read them if you've yet to discover them.
Amongst classic practitioners of the genre, it is excellent to see titles by Ed McBain, Georges Simenon, Ian Rankin and Sjowall & Wahloo amongst the recommendations, and, indeed - Stephen King.
The Kindle version is easy to navigate through. Although lacking the heft and and feel of the paper version, the e-book is reasonably priced and actually devoid of any major typo errors. A reference work that you will certainly use and enjoy.
Since my original review, I have been so impressed by this book that I actually bought the paper version as well. Here's one of those examples where the physical item works better than the e-version. It's a chunky, substantial book, but the ability to flick through the reviews much more easily than viewing on a Kindle serves as a useful reminder that reference material works best in printed form.
As for the essays and general level of enthusiasm and knowledge the writers bring to their chosen crime/mystery favourites, I doubt that this collection will be bettered. Really impressive to dip in and out of - and for mystery fans there really is no excuse not to find something new and rewarding to read after browsing the ideas here. Connolly and Burke have done a splendid job.