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TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MURDER!!!! Iddo the Samaritan finds a severed head in a barrel of fish. A stammerer tries to save the life of the Emperor Charlemagne. William the Conqueror stares death in the face. Gerald of Wales solves a crime with the help of a shoulder blade of a ram. Nicholas Bracewell encounters murder on the high seas. A deadly assassin stalks a Victorian politician. A mild-mannered author is driven to an act of slaughter. Someone steals the statue of Nelson from the top of his column in Trafalgar Square. A violinist plots the death of a female musician. Friends fall out on a boat trip to France and one of them disappears overboard. Edward Marston's mystery stories cover two thousand years of history yet they all have an eerie topicality. What does vary is the mode of detection. While a Samaritan in the Holy Land has to rely on instinct to catch a villain, the Scotland Yard detectives who hunt for the missing Lord Nelson can call on all the resources of modern technology. Horror and humor walk hand in hand in these yarns. Crimes of all kinds are woven into them but the abiding theme is murder - of a person, of a hope, of a reputation. The Guardian wrote: "Consummate storytelling, a love of period and astute characterisation and plotting are the hallmarks of all Marston's books."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Crippen & Landru, Publishers
ISBN 1932009396 ISBN13 9781932009392
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More About Edward Marston
EDWARD MARSTON was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre, and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers Association.
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Short Murder Mysteries from a Master! Feb 16, 2007
Edward Marston is simply one of the best authors extant when it comes to murder mysteries. A master storyteller, his novels and short stories feature clever plots, interesting characters and settings that resonate with authenticity. This volume, published by Crippen & Landru, is a compilation of previously published short stories and new pieces.
The stories in this anthology span the eons from Biblical times to the present, featuring fictional characters like Iddo, a merchant from Samaria, Nicholas Bracewell, an Elizabethan stage manager, Ben Spiggott, a Bow Street Runner, to historical figures like Charlemagne, William the Conqueror and Francis Drake. The plots run the gamut from uncovering which of Charlemagne's sons is plotting his death to discovering who stole Nelson's statue from Trafalgar Square!
Even if you have previously read some of these stories, you will enjoy revisiting the scene of the crime!
MURDER, ANCIENT AND MODERN Jan 3, 2007
I DON'T USUALLY ENJOY SHORT STORIES, BUT COULDN'T RESIST A NEW EDWARD MARSTON. THIS ANTHOLOGY IS EXCELLENT. MUCH ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO DETAIL AND HISTORY. THE TIMES IN WHICH THE MYSTERIES TAKE PLACE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO THE STORY. I'M ALWAYS PLEASED TO HAVE A WELSH SETTING IN HIS STORIES.