Once upon a Crime II: Stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (No. 2)

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Paris at the time of the terror comes alive in the hands of Anne Perry. Lillian de la Torre presents a classic tale of Dr. Sam: Johnson. Robert Barnard delightfully evokes Victorian England in a story featuring the Prince of Wales, and Steven Saylor vividly re-creates the ancient Rome of Gordianus the Finder. This stunning collection brings together sixteen tales, ranging in time from ancient Greece to World War II, by the finest writers of historical mysteries.
Including pieces from veterans like Edward D. Hoch, Florence V. Mayberry, and Avram Davidson, as well as such talents as Susan B. Kelly, Theodore Mathieson, and Peter Tremayne, Once Upon a Crime II is another compelling, first-rate collection for the swelling ranks of historical mystery fans.

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A sequel to Hutchings's Once Upon a Crime (1994) that outclasses the original collection in every respect. There's a wider range of tones (from BrŠni James's Socratic dialogue to Robert Barnard's agreeably foolish royal intrigue) and of approaches (from James Powell's Arabian Nights tale to Anne Perry's French Revolutionary intrigue); there's a higher level of ingenuity (especially in the pair of Theodore Mathieson contributions starring Galileo and Alexander the Great); and there's a more effortless and accomplished evocation of different periods (from Steven Saylor's Imperial Rome to Jeffry Scott's war-torn England). But mainly, the level of writing, from Susan B. Kelly's archly amusing slice of Jane Austen to Florence V. Mayberry's postbellum memoir, is simply higher. In short, Hutchings's selection of 16 stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, 195495, seems to have hit all the high points she missed last time. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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