Whodunnit? Utterly Baffling Detective Stories Paperback – 5 Nov 2007
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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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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.
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'.