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Blood on the Tracks: Railroad Mysteries    edited by Martin Edwards order for
Blood on the Tracks
by Martin Edwards
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
Softcover, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

If I had to make a choice of reading material, I would take a novel any day over a book of short stories. But, then, I picked up a book of mystery shorts which completely changed my mind - Blood on the Tracks: Railway Mysteries, by a plethora of mystery writers, including Dorothy Sayers and Arthur Conan Doyle! These stories come to us by way of the collaboration of Poisoned Pen Press and British Library Crime Classics.

There's The Man with the Watches by Arthur Conan Doyle. Could timepieces be the reason for his death? And The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway by Baroness Orczy. Doesn't the author's name intrigue? Or The Unsolved Puzzle of the Man with No Face by Dorothy Sayers. Just her name assures a wonderful mystery. Also The Knight's Cross Signal Problem by Ernest Bramah. That's just a sample of titles of those authors some might not recognize, but who offer good writing that shouldn't disappear.

Blood on the Tracks makes an excellent choice for beach reading. Or how about a train journey? Or a quick flight to London. Each story is short but full of adventure, intrigue, suspense, bloodshed, or death without apparent cause. These gems were written during the Golden Age of Crime Writing. Back in the thirties. And they still resonate. Plan your trip. Obtain a copy and you're all set. Enjoy.

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