Short Story February (2)

Continuing with short story reading for February.

This second week, I finished up The Best Max Carrados Detective Stories by Ernest Bramah, 1972 (Dover Mystery Classics, Kindle Edition):

“The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage”
“The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor”
“The Ingenious Mr. Spinola”
plus Note on Sources

From Deep Waters, Mysteries on the Waves, edited by Martin Edwards, British Library Crime Classics. Some are familiar to me, most not.

The Adventure of the “Gloria Scott”-A Conan Doyle (1893): Although this is Holmes’ first ‘case’, it is, while interesting, hardly a detective story. The explanation of the mystery comes in a letter and not from any great feat of deduction.

The Eight Mile Lock-LT Meade and R Eustace (1897):Intriguing story about the scientific investigator, John Bell, looking into the theft of a diamond bracelet.

The Gift of the Emperor- EW Hornung (1899 ):Raffles, Bunny, and the theft of a magnificent pearl. We learn a lot about the relationship of the felonious duo.

From Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology edited by Mark Lawrence. New (2017) original stories. Terrible Ten Press, Kindle Edition. An interesting anthology.

“No Fairytale” © 2017 by Ben Galley
“And They Were Never Heard from Again” © 2017 by Benedict Patrick
“A Tree Called Sightless” © 2017 by Steven Kelliher
“Barrowlands” © 2017 by Mike Shel
“Into the Woods” © 2017 by Timandra Whitecastle
“Paternus: Deluge” © 2017 by Dyrk Ashton
“I, Kane” © 2017 by Laura M. Hughes

From The Thinking Machine: Fifty Novelettes and Short Stories by Jacques Futrelle. I’m enjoying these quite a bit.

“The Thinking Machine” – introductory story to the character
“The First Problem” – an actress disappears, as usual, things are simple, once explained
“The Problem of Cell 13” – a well-known story about a prison escape, which has been anthologized many times.
“My First Experience With The Great Logician” – a heart attack turns out to be poison…

How is your short story reading for the month coming along?

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13 Responses to Short Story February (2)

  1. I just finished reading THE GREAT SF STORIES #19 edited by Asimov & Greenberg and I’ve started on THE GREAT SF STORIES #20 which will show up on my blog in March. I also finished a Big Fat Anthology that will be posted to my blog tomorrow. Actually, in 2020, I’ve read more short story collections and anthologies than novels!

  2. Jeff Meyerson says:

    Nice list! I just checked, and my library finally got DEEP WATER, so I checked it out on my Kindle and will get to it soon. This week continued reading Clayton Rawson’s The Great Merlini collection:

    The Clue of the Broken Legs
    The Clue of the Missing Motive
    Merlini and the Lie Detector
    Merlini and the Vanished Diamonds
    Merlini and the Special Effects Murder
    Miracles: All in a Day’s Work
    Merlini & the Photographic Clues

    The first group were short shorts, almost, and readers of EQMM had a chance to write in with their solution. Five out of the six winners were women, by the way. Now I am reading the longer stories, saving the longest novellas (identified as taking 25 minutes to finish) for the end.

    And in the O. Henry collection:

    A Lickpenny Lover
    Dougherty’s Eye-Opener
    Little Speck in Garnered Fruit
    The Harbinger
    While the Auto Waits (typical of your ‘classic’ O. Henry twist ending stories; I saw it coming)
    A Comedy in Rubber
    One Thousand Dollars

  3. Jerry House says:

    Rick, my short story reading got waylaid by a bunch of John Creasey’s Roger West novels. I did Knock of a couple of issues of GALAXY from 1952 and am well into THE MYSTERY BOOK , a 1934 mystery anthology from H. Douglas Thomson with 50 stories within its 1000-plus pages. For jollies, I read F**K, NOW THERE ARE TWO OF YOU, one of the sequels to GO THE F**K TO SLEEP — it took me about two minutes, and that only because I spent some time on the illustrations.

  4. tracybham says:

    I have not made as much progress as I had planned on my short story reading so far. Probably because I am also reading Bleak House at the same time.

    I have begun reading the stories in English Country House Murders, edited by Thomas Godfrey, the book you featured on your blog just a few months ago. I am also reading Mr. Calder and Mr. Behrens, spy stories by Michael Gilbert, which I plan to finish this week. I will do at least one post on short stories next week.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    By the way…you asked last week about liking the O. Henry stories. I like the ones set in what he called Baghdad on the Hudson, New York City at the turn of the last century. It is changed beyond all recognition, of course, yet it is amazing how many are set in recognizable places like the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park across the street.

  6. James Wallace Harris is convinced that his reviews and my reviews of THE GREAT SF STORIES series and our reviews of E. F. Beiler’s The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 (with T. E. Dikty)
    The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1950 (with T. E. Dikty), The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1951 (with T. E. Dikty), The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1952 (with T. E. Dikty), The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1953 (with T. E. Dikty), The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1954 (with T. E. Dikty), Year’s Best Science Fiction Novels: 1952 (with T. E. Dikty), Year’s Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953 (with T. E. Dikty), and Year’s Best Science Fiction Novels: 1954 (with T. E. Dikty) have raised the prices of these volumes considerably!

  7. Richard, I have long toyed with the idea of reading Ernest Bramah’s Max Carrados Detective Stories online, but I have never come around to it. Somehow I find ebook or online reading more time consuming than paper books.

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