Golden Age Detective Stories edited by Otto Penzler, Penzler Publishers June 2021 trade paper, mystery short story anthology, a volume of Otto Penzler Presents American Mystery Classics
I’ve been reading mystery fiction in both long and short form for many decades, and sometimes it seems a toss-up which I like better, the novel in which the author can develop a character-filled cast and detailed setting, or the short story where we are led straight into things and a conclusion, hopefully satisfying, is soon reached.
This anthology of 14 short stories is packed with classic stories from the top writers of the period.
- The Enemy by Charlotte Armstrong. (1951) Mike Russell
- The Stripper by Anthony Boucher. (1947) Sister Ursula.
- Postiche by Mignon C. Eberhart (1935) Susan Dare
- The Case of the Crimson Kiss by Erle Stanley Gardner (1948) Perry Mason
- The Enchanted Garden by H.F. Heard (1949) Mr. Mycroft
- 5-4=murderer by Baynard Kendrick (1953) Captain Duncan Maclain
- There’s Death for Remembrance by Francis & Richard Lockridge (1955) Pamela & Jerry North.
- The Monkey Murder by Stuart Palmer (1947) Hildegarde Withers
- The Adventure of the African Traveler by Ellery Queen (1934) Ellery Queen
- Puzzle for Poppy by Patrick Quentin (1946) Peter and Iris Duluth
- From Another World by Clayton Rawson (1948) The Great Merlini
- Goodbye. Goodbye! By Craig Rice (1946) John J. Malone
- Locked Doors by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1925) Hilda Adams
- Mystery in Room 913 : The Suicide Room by Cornell Woolrich (1938) Striker
A good selection of Golden Age mysteries, and with each story there comes a short author biography. It’s available in both hardcover and paperback, I bought the latter. This is the short story anthology I’m about to start, to read between novels that have been coming in from the library.
It’s still hotter than I like, the mid-to-high 80s, and it’s very dry. We’ve had wind, and there are wildfires burning all over the Pacific Northwest.