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Summary

This annual anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a short novel by Christianna Brand. 

Mystery stories have been around for centuries—there are whodunits, whydunits and howdunits, including locked-room puzzles, detective stories without detectives, and crimes with a limited choice of suspects.

Countless volumes of such stories have been published, but some are still impossible to find: stories that appeared in a newspaper, magazine or an anthology that has long been out of print and unpublished stories that were absorbed into an author’s archive when they died....

Here for the first time are three never-before-published mysteries by Edmund Crispin, Ngaio Marsh and Leo Bruce. Together with a newly unearthed short story by Ethel Lina White that inspired Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes, and a complete short novel by Christianna Brand, this diverse mix of tales by some of the world’s most popular classic crime writers contains something for everyone.

Complete with indispensable biographies by Tony Medawar of all the featured authors, the fourth volume in the series Bodies from the Library once again brings into the daylight the forgotten, the lost and the unknown.

©2021 Tony Medawar, Ngaio Marsh, Christianna Brand, Edmund Crispin (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An annual treat - almost like the summer version of a Christie for Christmas." (Kate Jackson, author of The Pocket Detective and Cross Examining Crime)

"One of the best mixed anthologies I’ve come across.... If you’re already a vintage crime fan, then this is one to grab; and if you’re new to the genre, then you’ll find this a very enjoyable way to introduce yourself to some of the greats. Highly recommended!" (FictionFanBlog)

"A veritable treasure trove of classic short stories." (Daily Mail)

"Tony Medawar triumphs again with this treasure trove of lost Golden Age gems." (John Curran, author of The Hooded Gunman)

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  • 26-10-21

The anthology entry I’ve most enjoyed

Fourth in the series and seems to me to be the best of all. Some very good short stories but also two long and excellent pieces by Edmund Crispen and Christiana Brand. Very enjoyable. It’s good these gems are being brought back or brought forth again as they are uniformly well written and constructed and don’t patronise the listener with lame political correctness or just plan bad workmanship.