Thou Shalt Not Kill: Biblical Mystery Stories

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The greatest story ever told; the rise and fall of civilizations, empires, kings, despots, prophets and disciples; tales of love, betrayal, revenge, war, and disaster, the most fundamental and eternal myths and fables of Judeo-Christian society; the end of the world -the Bible has all of these. And now acclaimed mystery author Anne Perry has culled together an extraordinary list of writers—from Sharyn McCrumb, Carole Nelson Douglas, Robert Barnard, Marcia Talley, Susan Moody and Peter Lovesey to Sharan Newman, Nancy Pickard, Reginald Hill, Gillian Linscott, Simon Brett, and Peter Robinson—to contribute all new mystery and crime stories inspired by and based on these most ancient of biblical tales.

From Sampson and Delilah to David and Goliath; from Mount Sinai to the Last Supper, Thou Shalt Not Kill explores the stories of the bible as chilling expressions of the most basic instincts found in the Good Book. With fifteen unique and inspired twists on the traditional mystery story, Thou Shalt Not Kill is an inimitable edition to any library.

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Perry has gathered together an impressive group of crime writers (including Simon Brett, Sharyn McCrumb, Peter Robinson, and Nancy Pickard) to retell stories from the Bible as mysteries. Certainly, the greatest stories ever told give them plenty to work with. Brett leads off with an irreverent reexamining of the case against Cain's murder of Able, set in heaven, where new transparency laws allow two cops to get to the bottom of the matter. One of the most disturbing stories comes from Robinson in "Birthday Dance," where the tale of the beheading of John the Baptist is recast in the style of The Sopranos. Some of these 15 stories stretch the bounds of the mystery genre, but all of them are intriguing in their own way, with twists and turns abounding. Perry's introduction, in which she looks at each story individually, adds to the pleasure of the collection. Ilene Cooper
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Perry's impressive all-original anthology of 15 biblically based whodunits spans the ages from ancient times to the present. Topnotch entries include Gillian Linscott's "A Blessing of Frogs," about the murder of a baker within a pharaoh's household; Peter Tremayne's "Does God Obey His Own Laws? A Sister Fidelma Story," featuring his brilliant Irish nun; Lillian Stewart Carl's "Way Down in Egypt's Land," a marvelous tale about 19th-century slavery; and Ralph McInerny's winning "Fear and Trembling: A Father Dowling Mystery." The opener, Simon Brett's "Cain Was Innocent," with its biting dialogue bordering on the blasphemous and swipes at the current U.S. president, may put off some readers. Perry's "Lost Causes," about a British barrister who defends a man accused of murdering his brother, makes a splendid finale. (Jan.)
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