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English Country House Murders:Classic Crime Fiction of Britain's Upper Crust

English Country House Murders Classic Crime Fiction of Britain s Upper Crust Nothing could seem civilized orderly and sedate than a weekend at one of Great Britain s country estates Yet these staid conservative houses play host to a wider variety of murders than do the mean

  • Title: English Country House Murders:Classic Crime Fiction of Britain's Upper Crust
  • Author: Thomas Godfrey Margery Allingham Robert Barr Nicholas Blake Christianna Brand John Dickson Carr Agatha Christie Wilkie Collins
  • ISBN: 9780892963553
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nothing could seem civilized, orderly and sedate than a weekend at one of Great Britain s country estates Yet these staid, conservative houses play host to a wider variety of murders than do the mean streets of America s darkest cities.Contents The adventure of the Abbey Grange Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A marriage tragedy Wilkie Collins Lord Chizelrigg s mNothing could seem civilized, orderly and sedate than a weekend at one of Great Britain s country estates Yet these staid, conservative houses play host to a wider variety of murders than do the mean streets of America s darkest cities.Contents The adventure of the Abbey Grange Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A marriage tragedy Wilkie Collins Lord Chizelrigg s missing fortune Robert Barr The Fordwych Castle mystery Emmuska, Barroness Orczy The blue scarab R Austin Freeman The doom of the Darnaways G.K Chesterton The shadow on the glass Agatha Christie The queen s square Dorothy L Sayers Death on the air Ngaio Marsh The same to us Margery Allingham The hunt ball Freeman Wills Crofts The incautious burglar John Dickson Carr The long shot Nicholas Blake Jeeves and the stolen Venus P.G Wodehouse Death in the sun Michael Innes An unlocked window Ethel Lina White The wood for the trees Philip MacDonald The man on the roof Christianna Brand The death of Amy Robsart Cyril Hare Fen Hall Ruth Rendell A very desirable residence P.D James The Worcester enigma James Miles.

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    1. An excellent compilation of 22 shorts featuring the quintessential writers of the genre. If you want a taste of what makes these authors so good at their craft, this is a nice reference book to begin with. Many of these (Ethel White, Christianna Brand and Nicholas Blake) were new to me, but after a sampling of their work, I'll be looking into longer books from them. Personal favorites include Ethel White's The Unlocked Window (deliciously creepy), Philip MacDonald's The Wood-for-the-Trees (a gre [...]

    2. A fun collection of mysteries of the English Country House variety. I knew many of the authors like Dorothy L Sayers, Ruth Rendell, PD James, etc, but many of the authors I hadn't heard of. Lots of fun.

    3. This collection of 22 murder mysteries draws together one of the best collections of stories representing classic authors of this genre including Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, P. G. Wodehouse, P. D. James and G. K. Chesterton. Thomas Godfrey's introduction defines the English Country House Mysteries in 14 criteria and then goes on to describe the 'rules of the house' ie the characteristics of the house, the atmosphere and the characters that give it [...]

    4. This is a collection of some of the best classic English mystery authors (Christie, Doyle, James, Rendell, Carr, Wodehouse, Allingham) doing the typical British Country House murder settings. Very fun. Only one I didnt really enjoy - so a very satisfying collection

    5. A very broad and interesting collection of British manor house mysteries, Edited by Thomas Godfry. A must for all lovers of the genre.

    6. Like all collections of short stories, this was uneven, but the items I liked best may be the ones you liked least. Godfrey certainly collects a number of fine mystery writers in this plump volume.

    7. Pretty good mystery short stories with a British country estate setting. I preferred some more than others. Thought it would be a good way to read new authors in this genre.

    8. Good collection of stories. Lots of fun reading the stories, and good intro into authors you may not heard of.

    9. Actual rating 2.75I don't know what went wrong in this. I liked a few of the stories but I also couldn't wait to be done with this book! I was bored for about 90% of this collection and when I wasn't bored I was power reading so I could just get though the book. I honestly couldn't tell you a single thing that happened in any of these stories and I think that is a perfect example of how I felt reading this.

    10. This is a very entertaining collection of short stories that one should dip into rather than reading straight through. There is a nice historical range from Arthur Conan Doyle and Wilkie Collins up through Ruth Rendell and P. D. James. Some are stronger than others, and the last couple, which are more contemporary, seem sadder in a way since the whole idea of the English country house has been diminished. On the whole, though, highly recommended.

    11. This was a really good collection of short stories. I got introduced to a lot of new authors. I liked some more than others but all in all a very well put together collection.

    12. English Country House Murders, edited by Thomas Godfrey, is a collection of 22 short stories by celebrated mystery, crime and detective fiction authors. The introduction explains 14 basic rules a mystery must follow to be classified as an authentic English Country House Mystery:1. Must be written by an authentic English writer.2. Must include a crime.3. Multiple crimes may be included, gory or violent details may not.4. Poison is the preferred murder method, or a blow to the head. 5. The crime m [...]

    13. Another short story collection, but this one features the cream of the crop of mystery writers from the past and present: Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, GK Chesterton, Wilkie Collins, Baroness Orczy, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Barr, R. Austin Freedman, John Dickinson Carr, Ruth Rendell, PD James, Michael Innes, PG Wodehouse, Nicolas Blake, Christianna Brand, Philip MacDonald, Cyril Hare, Ethel Lina White, Freeman Wills Crofts and James Miles. The stories are dif [...]

    14. This is a wonderful anthology. In fact, I am writing this review after my second rereading. I am a fan of the older mystery writers and am using this as a way to remind myself of some authors I had frankly forgotten. So make a cup of tea, sit down by the fire and read a few stories. You'll be transported to a time when they didn't tell you in detail exactly how the corpse looked, or what happened after the romantic kiss. Not every story is perfect, but then that's the fun!English Country House M [...]

    15. This collection was compiled completely under false pretenses. After defining the country house murder—“You open the cover and suddenly you are transported to a splendid baronial manor”; “… in the library his wife, Felicity, daughter of Sir Randolph Cross (rumoured to be next in line at the Exchequer), lies dead”; “Is there another murder in the offing?”—the editor puts in “intimate character studies” and stories with no houses at all or only four characters, two of which h [...]

    16. "English Country House Murders: Classic Crime Fiction of Britain’s Upper Crust," edited by Thomas Godfrey, is just what the title suggests, an anthology of 22 mystery stories, all set in the country houses of the aristocracy in Britain, and all involving murder in one form or another. The nice thing about this anthology is the range of authors: we start with none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and read chronologically up through Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, a period spanning as much as 150 [...]

    17. An enjoyable set of 22 short stories, to a theme, threaded through by reasonably entertaining introductions and dating back to the exploits of Sherlock Holmes.To my surprise, a short story by one of my favorite authors, Dorothy Sayers, was my least favorite in the collection. A good deal of it was testimony as to who was where at various times during a dance featuring various dances of which I recognize the name only of the Fox Trot. Boring. Though I did do some brief google research on, what we [...]

    18. This anthology includes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, P.D. James, and other famous English mystery writers in a series of delightful stories that take place in English country houses. I liked all of the stories in the book. I especially liked the one called "Death in the Sun" which has a corpse found nude on the roof of a villa and "The Man on the Roof" where everyone in the house and the village would benefit with the death of the Duke.This book is to be recommended to all who [...]

    19. Every English mystery writer (or writer of English mysteries) of 1989 or earlier is in this book. There are even two Sherlock Holmes stories, one the starts the book by Doyle and another that ends it by James Miles. The styles tend to be legitimately dated, but most of the stories are well constructed and worth reading. It was fun to reconnect with authors like Christie, Marsh, Allingham, etc whom I'd read thru as a kid. Don't go looking for the book, but if it falls into your hands have a good [...]

    20. I'm generally not a short story lover - except for O. Henry that is! However, I chose this book of short stories because of it's amazing list of mystery writers. I wasn't disappointed at all! I enjoyed the editor's choices which varied in story construction and tone. There is nothing too gory for the squeamish reader. My most surprising discovery is that my least favorite story was by P. D. James who is usually a favorite author. I can't seem to decide on a favorite story. Two strong possible ch [...]

    21. A great book with short stories you can read each night before going to bed.The Adventure of the Abbey GrangeA Marriage TragedyLord Chizelrigg's Missing FortuneThe Fordwych Castle MysteryThe Blue ScarabThe Doom of the DarnawaysThe Shadow on the GlassThe Queen's SquareDeath on the AirThe Same to UsThe Hunt BallThe inacutious BurglarThe Long ShotJeeves and the Stolen VenusDeath in the SunAn Unloced WindowThe Wood-for-the-TreesThe Man on the RoofThe Death of Amy RobsartFen HallA Very Desirable Resi [...]

    22. This collection of short detective stories was a mixed bag for me. Some were really good, while others were pretty dry. I did appreciate that I learned a bit more about the detective genre through the editor's notes (I had no idea Baroness Orczy of Scarlett Pimpernel fame wrote a female Sherlock-style detective named Lady Molly!).

    23. This is a good if inconsistent collection of short stories, each presenting a murder in a Victorian/Edwardian English country house. I read it as research for a project I was working on, but I recommend the book if you are interested in such things. The book is out of print, but widely available.

    24. A terrific collection of classic mysteries. I'd never read anything by Wilkie Collins, though I'd heard of the Moonstone. I found the story to be engaging, the sleuth character fun. I plan to hunt up novels by several of the authors I hadn't read before. Very good sampler of the best of the 19th and 20th centuries, showing how the country house mystery genre evolved. Recommended.

    25. A Hallowe'en treat to myself. Picked this up because I wanted to read An Unlocked Window by Ethel Lina White, which again, was the basis of an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour. What's rare is that every story in this anthology is good, and the introductions to each story by the editor Thomas Godfrey is just as interesting.

    26. What could be more fun than a weekend at an English country house? Well, a murder free weekend for a start. This is a collection of 22 short stories by leading English mystery writers and the list includes many of my old favorites--Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and P.D. James--and some new names whose works I look forward to reading.

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