Poisoned Pen Press British Library Crime Classics
What a fun book! Fourteen stories focused on the Golden Age of British crime writing, the series includes works by both recognized authors such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton. Many of the stories are quite rare, seldom reprinted, including those by Phyllis Bentley and Helen Simpson. Holidays seem to call for new mystery books, whether it’s a trip to the beach in the summer or a trip to grandparents for Christmas. Holiday mysteries were a great love of Christie and an excellent way to get away whether by train, boat, or a comfortable chair by the fire.
The settings for these stories reveal the unexpected ways in which crime writers use holidays as a theme. Markedly different from each other, the stories range from a golf course in the English seaside, a pension (budget friendly accommodation) in Paris, and a Swiss mountain resort, to the cliffs of Normandy.
This special book follows on the footsteps of two others in the Crime Classics series published by Poisoned Pen Press: Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston and The Sussex Downs Murder by John Bude. Eleven additional titles are set for release in late 2015. And if that isn’t exciting enough, beginning in 2016, one title is slated to be released each month!
Review provided by Mahala Church for her column Barefoot Book Reviews for the Sept 2015 issue of The Book Breeze.