Crime Through Time by Miriam Grace Monfredo & Sharan Newman, Berkeley Prime Crime 1997 – paperback – historical mystery short story collection
Note: this is a slightly edited post originally put up in 2015.
A few years back, I saw a mention of this somewhere and it sounded interesting so I picked up a copy. I had been reading a few historical mysteries and this seemed like just the ticket to discover new authors and read a little more by the names I knew. The collection contains twenty one stories by an impressive list of authors.
The stories are arranged in chronological order, beginning 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 Eater of Souls] or if you have wondered if you would like them, this short story will give you an idea of the character and atmosphere of the 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), Peter Lovesey (1860 England), Troy Soos (1894 Baltimore), Anne Perry (188? England, another real goodie), Barbara Paul (1917 New York), Michael Pearce (early 1900’s Cairo), Laurie King (1918 England), Edward Hoch (1920 England), 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! Highly Recommended.
note: there were a second and third collection (Crime Through Time II and III).