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by Donald E. Westlake

Free eBook Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories download ISBN: 0195103211
Author: Donald E. Westlake
Publisher: Oxford University Press; First edition (October 31, 1996)
Language: English
Pages: 528
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Short Stories and Anthologies
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In association with the International Association of Crime Writers. An anthology of detective fiction with examples of its sub-genres, armchair detective, the locked room and so on.

In association with the International Association of Crime Writers. The first is represented by Agatha Christie's In Blue Geranium, where the detective solves a crime from a conversation, the second by The Leopold Locked Room, in which a policeman is found in a locked room with his wife killed by his gun, but he didn't do it.

This anthology primarily reminds me why I don't read short stories much. Now comes "Murderous Schemes," a cleverly designed book by Donald E. Westlake, a writer of mostly comic caper mysteries who is himself something of an institution. I found those parts of the book to be the most enjoyable. What is ingenious about "Murderous Schemes" is that Westlake takes eight conventions of the mystery genre - locked room, capers, armchair detectives and so on - and picks four good stories to illustrate each, from an oldie but goodie to a hope-to-be classic.

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The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery. the differences between American and British detective fiction, and they illuminate the evolution of crime writing over time. International Association of Crime Writers.

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When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of . s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity.

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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 Queen, Rex Stout, Dorothy L. Sayers, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others.
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Bu
Really good survey of the various kinds of mystery novels and short stories.
Malaunitly
For the purpose intended -- teaching an 3 session class, a sort of "history of the mystery" -- the organization & time span of the works included perfectly suits my needs. There's enough variety in both style & length to appeal to most of the folks who are likely to take this non-credit class. Because I don't have to fiddle with organization of the text, I can focus on expanding on developing appropriate teaching tools as well as finding additional resources.
Joni_Dep
This anthology primarily reminds me why I don't read short stories much. On the other hand, Editor Westlake
does a fine job of explaining the types of stories and introducing each author. I found those parts of the book
to be the most enjoyable.
Cordaron
Very nice! Shipment arrived promptly and book is as described.
Manona
As described. Thanks
Meri
Oxford University Press has been making a fetish out of publishing mystery anthologies over the last year, with the noirish "Hard-Boiled" deserving a place on any mystery reader's shelf, and "The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories" of somewhat more borderline quality. Now comes "Murderous Schemes," a cleverly designed book by Donald E. Westlake, a writer of mostly comic caper mysteries who is himself something of an institution.
What is ingenious about "Murderous Schemes" is that Westlake takes eight conventions of the mystery genre -- locked room, capers, armchair detectives and so on -- and picks four good stories to illustrate each, from an oldie but goodie to a hope-to-be classic. The result is an evenness of tone which the eight sections bob up and down like a steady sea wave. The book's organization also allows the reader to dive in according to his or her interests: fans of over-the-top mysteries can head directly to that section, while those who want to read all the latest stuff know exactly where to go.
What they will find in almost all cases are top-quality stories that are not solely limited to mystery writers. Alongside such standbys as Raymond Chandler, Rex Stout, Stanley Ellin and Lawrence Block are some effective choices from writers whose nefarious doings are rarely noted: Isak Dinesen, Roald Dahl, Jack London and Damon Runyon.
Weaknesses? Hardly any, although it's surprising to find Chandler's "I'll Be Waiting." It's a fine, taut tale, but the fellow's waiting also in Oxford's other two anthologies. Ellery Queen's "The Adventure of Abraham Lincoln's Clue" can also be found in "American Detective." And -- this is a personal quibble, mind you -- but I can do with a lot less of Edward D. Hoch's stories. His clue-filled stories are rarely memorable, and he seems to be praised more for his output (he's a monthly fix in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine) than for the quality of his work. Like Dr. Johnson's dog walking on its hind legs, it is not done well, but you are surprised to find it done at all.
SupperDom
When I saw this, I wondered "how could I go wrong with Westlake as an editor?" Well, I forget how much detective fiction is inferior or more about crime than crime-fighting. So we get a very mixed bag. While stories by Simon Brett and Edward Hoch and Shirley Jackson stand out, others by acclaimed writers like Rex Stout and Ellery Queen fall flat. Some tales, especially one by Jack London, are barely readable, and the choice of Sherlock Holmes story for this anthology is uninspired. Still, most of what's here is entertaining and the good stuff begs for me to find more by the better writers.