FFB: Crime Through Time edited by Monfredo & Newman

This is a revised version of a post that originally appeared in The Broken Bullhorn

Crime Through Time edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo & Sharan Newman
Berkeley Prime Crime 1997 – paperback – historical mystery short story collection

I have been reading a few historical mysteries and this seemed like just the ticket to discover new authors and to read a little by the names I knew. This collection contains twenty one stories by an impressive list of authors.

The collection is arranged in chronological order and begins with Lynda S. Robinson’s “Death of a Place-Seeker, featuring Lord Meren, the protagonist of her novels set in Egypt. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of these [Murder in the Place of Anubis, Murder at God’s Gate, Murder at the Feast of Rejoicing and others, or if you have wondered if you would like them, this short story will give you an idea of the character and atmosphere of these enjoyable books. That’s the nice thing about ALL of the stories in this collection, they give an excellent introduction to these authors and their works. I won’t go on at length about each story, but I will list some of the authors: Steven Saylor (Rome), Sharan Newman (1142 France,), Edward Marston (Elizabethan England), Leonard Tourney (Elizabethan England – I particularly liked this one),  Edward Hoch (1920 England), Peter Lovesey (1860 England), Laurie King (1918 England), Troy Soos (1894 Baltimore), Anne Perry (188? England, another real goodie), Barbara Paul (1917 New York), Michael Pearce (early 1900’s Cairo), Ken Kuhlken (1941 San Diego) and several others.

There was only one story of all these that I didn’t particularly like (I won’t tell you, perhaps you’ll guess when you read the engrossing collection). This will give you a great look at many top historical mystery authors and may turn you into a fan of the subgenre. If you’re already a fan, this will be a real treat!

About Richard Robinson

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7 Responses to FFB: Crime Through Time edited by Monfredo & Newman

  1. tracybham says:

    This is a very interesting collection of stories, Rick. I will see if I can find a copy.

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I liked this book a lot. Tracy, you might also note that it was followed by CRIME THROUGH TIME II (1998) and III (2000), the latter edited by Newman and Anne Perry. All are worth your time seeking out and reading.

  3. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Whoops, I see that Perry did the introduction to volume 3, not necessarily editing chores. I no longer have a copy to check that.

  4. I have all three CRIME THROUGH TIME volumes around here somewhere. I’ll have to dig them out and put them on the READ REAL SOON stack! Nice review!

  5. I probably bought the CRIME THROUGH TIME books after reading your early review. I know I’ve owned these books for years. But, I could say that about a lot of books around here!

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