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October 10, 2017
For a modern reader, spoiled by intricate mysteries and sophisticated classic novels of the Golden Age of detective fiction, these short stories, written around the same age, would seem naïve and not very elaborate. It’s true and visible that the authors in this collection were not destined to be...
January 05, 2018
3 1/2 stars - An okay collection of short mystery stories, but not one of his better anthologies. Some of the more interesting stories:
"The Undoing of Mr Dawes" by Gerald Verner - a fence meets his match in the clever police detective, Robert "The Rose-bud" Budd. The story is clever and Budd is a...
December 29, 2017
Thanks to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and a few others, readers usually think of amateur sleuths when they think of mysteries. In editor Martin Edwards’ latest anthology, he gives the professionals a chance to shine.
Any anthology like this w...
November 05, 2017
Many thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the digital galley of this book.
Martin Edwards is the editor of this collection which features short mystery stories from the viewpoint of a professional in law enforcement. The British Library Crime Classics series has rescued many little remem...
October 11, 2017
This is as close to a perfect mystery anthology as I have ever read. Every story is enjoyable. Oh, there aren’t any great surprises. We know going in that they will always get their man (or will they?), but each story still has a surprise or two hidden neatly in plain sight. That’s the best part...
August 14, 2017
This book has 15 short stories featuring professional British police officers. There is an Introduction by Martin Edwards which surveys the literature from Dickens to P D James.
The stories are:-
The Mystery of Chenholt- Alice and Claude Askew (1908)
Entertaining, if slight, variation on the classi...
August 15, 2017
The Long Arm of the Law, the latest anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series, represents something of a departure from previous collections, since it focuses on classic police stories. The Golden Age of Detective Fiction is popularly synonymous with the success of enthusiastic amate...
January 02, 2018
I always learn something when I read the British Crime Classics edited by Martin Edwards. Edwards never disappoints. The choice of stories is always interesting, and his introductions are lessons in the history of crime writing. As a fan of police procedurals, I was eager to read The Long Arm of...
December 17, 2017
The Long Arm of the Law is an well-chosen collection of short story mysteries collected and introduced by Martin Edwards who has a way of writing a short story introduction that makes me want to read more by the authors. I like short stories, I like mysteries, and so I love mystery anthologies li...
November 04, 2017
This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley for my honest review.
This is the second I’ve read from the British Library Crime Classics, and I’m increasingly glad to have encountered the series. I've read a bit from the pre-WW2 period of British mysteries, but mainly the "greats," and man...