(Murderous Schemes An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories) [PDF DOWNLOAD] ´ Donald E. Westlake
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On His First Job And his first ob and from homeEllin Stanley The Orderly World of Mr Appleby 1950 marriage can be deadly oft anthologized and rightly soI ConfessDinesen Isak The Fat Man an odd little story about a child molesterDoyle Arthur Conan The Adventure of the Dying Detective superb Sherlockiana excellently overthetop victorian bitsLondon Jack The Master of Mystery Inuit shamans and village politickingPoe Edgar Allan Thou Are The Man scaring a murder confession out of a con manHoist On Their Own PetardsChandler Raymond I ll Be Waiting 1934 a dame almost lost a detective who almost finds herGreen Anna Katharine Midnight in Beauchamp Row nicely twisted melodrama #About A Robbery That Goes #a robbery that goes wrongJackson Shirley The Possibility of Evil superb classic twisted small towns andLovesey Peter The Secret Lover 1985 two women one man lots of trouble edgyOver the EdgeBrown Fredric Little Apple Hard to Peel 1942 small town bad boy finally gets his comeuppance WOWBurke Thomas The Hands of Mr Ottermole 1931 classic slippery killer in the shadows ala RipperGlaspell Susan A Jury of Her Peers 1917 oft anthologized classic about a frightened farm wifeHimes Chester Tang sad little bit about a man with problems and a woman with a gun A little something for everyone every angle Donald E Westlake chose some innovative classic and crafty short stories from best and unjustifiably forgotten mystery writers and some hilarious ones as well Highly recommended edited by Donald WestlakeThe Man Who Read John Dickson Carr by William Brittain a good locked room storyThey Can Only Hang You Once by Dashill Hammett so soThe Shadow of the Goat by John Dickson Carr I couldn t follow it didn t even finish itThe Ultimate Caper by Westlake so soA Costume Piece by EW Hornung Arthur Conan Doyle s brother in law has a character Raffles who is the Sherlock Holmes gone criminal pretty goodDon t Know Much About Art a caper story by Simon Brett pretty goodThe Impossible Theft by John F Suter okThe Orderly World of Mr Appleby by Stanley Ellen good Chose because included is a gruesome story by the talented Fredric Brown Decided to read all the storie. D John Dickson Carr William Brittain The secret garden G K Chesterton The necklace of pearls Dorothy L Sayers They can only hang you once Dashiell Hammett Busted Blossoms Stuart M Kaminsky A costume piece E W Hornung The impossible theft John F Suter Don’t know much about art Simon Brett The ultimate caper Donald E Westlake The mysterious death on the underground railway Baroness Emmuska Orczy The blue geranium Agatha Christie The adventure of Abraham Lincoln’s clue Ellery ueen The affair of the twisted scarf Rex Stout The landlady Roald Dahl The orderl. S by names I recognized Was impressed by several including a memorable subtle chiller by Lawrence Block I guess that impressed by several including a memorable subtle chiller by Lawrence Block I guess that though I don t like the mystery thriller genre much I do like some detective shorts I certainly appreciated that Dashiell Hammett referred to an attractive female age 24 or 25 as a woman not a girl Makes me even angry with those who have written since his time using the latter infantilizing termI m tempted to give it four stars but I didn t like the first story at all and skipped many others so I don t feel ualified to udge Murderous Schemes an anthology of classic detective storiesedited and with an introduction by Donald WestlakeI enjoyed Whodunit enough that when I happened
across this anthology the next time I was browsing the adult mystery this anthology the next time I was browsing the adult mystery I decided to give it a tryA brief introduction introduces the book and its organization The collection is organized into eight categories of four stories each Each category is introduced by a brief 1 2 page commentary on that type of detective
Story It S Origins And it s origins and authors and ends with a brief commentary on the stories selected to represent it Each story is preceded by an ever briefer no than 1 page biography on the authorThe introductions and biographies added a lot to my enjoyment of the stories and to my knowledge of the mystery genre I also got to enjoy an encore from a few authors that I came across for the first time in WhodunitI must confess that my preferred categories made up the first half of the book the locked room only one among you the caper the armchair detective and I confess Most of the category names are pretty self explanatory so I won t bore you with descriptionsThe second half of the book contained edgier categories some bordering on horror come into my parlor hoist on their own petards and over the edge The former and latter of those three I considered skipping altogether but in the end I read all the stories but oneA solid pick for mystery lovers and the introductions make it easy to skip any story you think you d rather not read while providing a window to expand your detective horizons Some of the stories were good others not so goo. Y world of Mr Appleby Stanley Ellin Bless this house Christianna Brand Someday I’ll plant walnut trees Lawrence Block “Thou art the man” Edgar Allan Poe The adventure of the dying detective Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The master of mystery Jack London The fat man Isak Dinesen Midnight in Beauchamp Row Anna Katharine Green I’ll be waiting Raymond Chandler The possibility of evil Shirley Jackson The secret lover Peter Lovesey A ury of her peers Susan Glaspell The hands of Mr Ottermole Thomas Burke Tang Chester Himes Little apple hard to peel Fredric Brown. Westlake and Davis s introduction and notes are long and uite
delicious on their own but this is an enormous collection of on their own but this is an enormous collection of stories all with some criminal elements The premise for the collection and the arrangement of the stories is particularly effective there are eight sections of four stories each The Locked RoomBrittain William The Man Who Read John Dickson Carr 1965 nice twist on a nearly perfect "crimeCarr John Dickson The Shadow of the Goat 1926 a villain escapes from "John Dickson The Shadow of the Goat 1926 a villain escapes from locked room or does he Superb very early story Hoch Edward D The Leopold Locked Room 1971 a vengeful ex wife with a planRunyon Damon What No Butler a nasty elderly playboy meets his match dated but still funnyOnly One Among YouChesterton G K The Secret Garden murder at the home of the French Chief of PoliceHammett Dashiell They Can Only Hang You Once nifty Sam Spade short about a deadly old gentlemanKaminsky Stuart Busted Blossoms 1986 Toby Peters meets DW Griffith and a guest dies at dinnerSayers Dorothy L The Necklace of Pearls after dinner games with shadowy motivesThe CaperBrett Simon Don t Know Much About Art 1984 brilliant bit about a thick hood who outdoes the wise guysHornung E W A Costume Piece excellent old fashioned romp with style less sweet than usualSuter John F The Impossible Theft 1964 classic little locked room tale with a prestidigious endingWestlake Donald E The Ultimate Caper 1975 loony parody of Maltese Falcon VERY broadThe Armchair DetectiveChristie Agatha The Blue Geranium 1928 Miss Marple almost meets a ghost sly and smoothOrczy Emmuska The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway well written old man in the corner story but rambling and dated ueen Ellery The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln s Clue nifty locked room variant a nice last twistStout Rex The Affair of the Twisted Scarf apa Disguise for Murder 1950 a dame gets murdered IN Wolfe s office really fun but weak endingCome Into My ParlorBlock Lawrence Someday I ll Plant More Walnut Trees 1993 creepy family doings over generations excellent and subtleBrand Christianna Bless This House 1993 an old lady gets religion and a bit than she asked forDahl Roald The Landlady 1959 lush clas. These 32 classic crime stories illuminate the genre's best known plot constructions including the locked room the caper hoist on their own petards and over the edge Covering over 150 years of crime and detective fiction featuring styles from the hard boiled to the cozy Murderous Schemes profiles the writing of Agatha Christie Ellery ueen Rex Stout Dorothy L Sayers Edgar Allan Poe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and many othersContents Introduction Donald E Westlake The shadow of the goat John Dickson Carr What no butler Damon Runyon The Leopold locked room Edward D Hoch The man who rea.