Ten Great Mysteries

Ten Great Mysteries

Howard Haycraft John Beecroft / Jun 05, 2020

Ten Great Mysteries None

  • Title: Ten Great Mysteries
  • Author: Howard Haycraft John Beecroft
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  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
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      • Howard Haycraft John Beecroft

        A publisher, editor, critic and anthologist who wrote one of the first serious books of criticism of the mystery detective genre, Murder for Pleasure The Life and times of the Detective Story , still in print and considered a classic He also edited a number of interesting and important anthologies.


    1. A solid collection, well curated and representative of the many styles of classic detective fiction.The only weakness to the collection is that some excellent authors compare badly with their peers because of the mixing of short story and novels. Detective fiction needs witnesses, evidence, and clues to be discovered in the correct order, and because the short story format lacks the space for the detective to run down clues or follow leads the genre turns to coincidence and a light touch rather [...]

    2. Currently re-reading because the first mystery in the volume is The Maltese Falcon, this year's Big Read selection in Wichita. I wish this hadn't been chosen as a community read. It's drenched in unredeeming and unredeemed machismo and homophobia that are difficult to stomach. For all its merits as a classic in the genre, or even the representative classic of its genre, it's an unfortunate choice for a community event. I hope we'll see some discussion of the difficult aspects of the book, but I' [...]

    3. Rating & comments are on the short stories & novellas -- I'm rating the two novels separatly:I enjoyed almost all of the mysteries in this volume. Mysteries from this era (1920s - 1950s) appeal to me because they're contemporary enough that I still understand most of the social customs, etc but the plot and solution tend to rely more on intellect than current mysteries do, since the characters don't have the same technology. (Characters in danger can't whip out a cell phone, and the poli [...]

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