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I don’t think this collection of short stories by classic mystery lovers is for everyone. Short stories tend to be challenging for mysteries, because they don’t have a lot of time to set out clues, explain the characters and really draw the reader in. (Though good ones, and some in this collection) are skillful writing just for these reasons. Some of these work better than others in that regard. Also, because they are short, it helps to know the main writers and the typical characteristics of the detectives ahead of time (Campion, Poirot, etc).
That said, I enjoyed this collection just because is is a piece of writing from some of my favorite British classic writers (Sayers, Christie, Allingham, et al). A couple writers I was unfamiliar with. Each is distinctive, and it was fun to listen to the differences between them, and get a little flavor of their writing, side by side. Some of the stories didn’t work very well in my opinion—especially the first. Another reviewer commented on bad audio quality. I think that also varied—with the first story being least easy to listen to. But overall, I’d urge lovers of classic mysteries to give this a shot, at least if you want to round out your knowledge of their works.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
This is a collection of mystery stories that take place around Christmas. Some stories are impossible to follow, possibly they are abridged.
The mixed some creepy music in between that doesn’t go with the stories at all!
Some of the classics are done well, some are not.
I would NOT recommend this collection.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I love this book. The stories are all old fashioned, ripping good yarns from established mystery writers.
Make a pot of tea, grab the biscuit barrel and settle down on the sofa.
It's an absolute treat.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Some classic detective fiction by masters of the form, like Christie, Conan Doyle and Marsh, but the quality of the production was very poor, in terms of the audio quality and the variability of the performances by the narrators (some good, some not). Refund, please.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful