Here’s week four (Feb. 20 – 26) listed in story-author-source format. * An asterisk indicates a story I particularly liked.
- White Lies * – Paul Theroux – The Collected Stories
- Clapham Junction – ibid
- The Odd-Job Man * – ibid
- Portrait of A Lady – ibid
- The Longest Voyage – Poul Anderson – Queen of Air and Darkness, the Collected Short Fiction of Poul Anderson, Volume 2
- Brave To Be A King * – ibid (a Time Patrol story)
- Brake – ibid
- The Last Visit – Conrad Aiken – Collected Stories of Conrad Aiken
- Mr. Arcularis – ibid
- Arsene Lupin in Prison * – Maurice Marie Emile Leblanc – The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler
- The Mystery of the Strong Room – L.T. Meade & Robert Eustace – ibid
- No Way Out * – Michael Collins (Dennis Lynds) – ibid (a Slot-Machine Kelly story)
- The Episode of the Codex Curse * – C. Daly King – ibid (a Mr. Tarrant story)
- The Poisoned Dow ’08 * – Dorothy L. Sayers – ibid
- A Traveller’s Tale – Margaret Frazer – ibid
- Death At the Excelsior * – P.G. Wodehouse – ibid
- Waiting For Godstow * – Martin Edwards – ibid
- Moriarty and the Two-Body Problem * – Alison Joseph – The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty edited by Maxim Jakubowski
- A Good Mind’s Fate – Alexandra Townsend – ibid
- Everything Flows and Nothing Stays – John Soanes – ibid
- A Scandalous Calculation * – Catherine Lundoff – ibid
- The Last Temptation of Frankie Lyman – Peter Blauner – Crime Plus Music edited by Jim Fusilli
- The Blackbird – Peter Robinson – ibid
- The Misfits * – Naomi Rand – ibid
- Shaderock the Soul Shaker – Gary Phillips – ibid
- The Long Black Veil * – Val McDermid
A few thoughts:
26 short stories read, an improvement over last week.
Over at Bitter Tea and Mystery short stories are being read. Click over to see the latest post. Congrats on five years of blogging, Tracy!
My first exposure to Paul Theroux’s writing was The Great Railway Bazaar, published in 1975. I loved it, and continued to read his sometimes contraversial travel books for years. The Collected Stories was published in 1997, when I bought it new, read a few stories, and set it aside, fully intending to continue reading my way through. I hadn’t picked it up again until this month, but have enjoyed many of the stories I’ve read so far.
After more than a year, I’ve finished the thick, very good Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries, edited by Otto Penzler. A fine anthology.
The next post will be the Short Story February wrap-up.