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Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries    edited by Martin Edwards order for
Murder at the Manor
by Martin Edwards
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2016)
Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

While I am not usually fond of short stories (although they are fun to write), I fell in love with Murder at the Manor. This anthology contains the work of some of the best writers in what has been considered the Golden Age of Crime Writing, the 1930s.

These stories are being republished through an agreement with the British Library Crime Classics in England and Poisoned Pen Press in the United States. These sixteen stories will bring you all sorts of intriguing mysteries with some great characters written by authors, some of whose names are still familiar to us today.

We all recognize the names of Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton. How about Margery Allingham? Each of them is represented by well-written and well thought-out puzzlers. Personally, I think it takes more skill to write a short story than a book. So much information and cunning clues must be revealed in a relatively short span of pages. All the writers in this publication manage the challenge very, very well.

Treat yourself to an orgy of mysteries wonderful reading if planning a trip. Or lazing on a beach. Although I might just stay away from an English manor house, if I were you.

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