Joanne’s Mystery Picks

51y-gybdrol-_sx331_bo1204203200_IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers, 1850-1917 edited by Leslie S. Klinger

Without the writers profiled in this extensive anthology, we would not have the pleasure of reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Patricia Wentworth, and so many others who learned the art of writing mysteries through their example.

This anthology includes Pulitzer Prize winners, writers who were even more famous than Conan Doyle, and others whose stories made it to the silent screen as well as radio and television.

Each story is a clever mystery, peopled with colorful characters and ingenious plots.  We’re even treated to a Sherlock Holmes’ story and it’s easily as satisfying as anything Conan Doyle himself ever wrote.

41pc7ssupyl-_sx331_bo1204203200_CRIME in a COLD CLIMATE: An Anthology of Classic Canadian Crime edited by David Skene-Melvin

David Skene-Melvin  brings together fourteen stories and four poems in this collection by early Canadian mystery writers.  Included are the first Sherlockian parody, railroad fiction set in the Rockies during the building of the CPR, and the earliest fictional appearance of a Mountie, to name just a few.

These stories are clever, colorful and provide a template for many of the mystery and crime stories that are published today.  They show that Canadians have stories to tell and can do so just as well as any other nationality.

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