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Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) [Anthology]
by Eric Ambler Charlotte Armstrong Isaac Asimov Robert Barnard Linda Barnes Robert Bloch Lawrence Block Ray Bradbury Simon Brett John Dickson Carr G. K. Chesterton Agatha Christie Ursula Curtiss Lillian de la Torre Arthur Conan Doyle Stanley Ellin Frederick Forsyth Dick Francis Antonia Fraser Erle Stanley Gardner Michael Gilbert Sue Grafton Reginald Hill Edward D. Hoch P.D. James Stephen King John D. MacDonald Ross MacDonald Patricia Moyes Bill Pronzini Ellery Queen Ruth Rendell Dorothy L. Sayers Rex Stout Julian Symons Mark Twain Nedra Tyre Donald E. Westlake Cornell Woolrich Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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This giant anthology brings together forty of the finest mystery stories ever written--many rare or unanthologized--by such towering names in the field as Edgar Allan Poe, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ellery Queen, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, Isaac Asimov, and many others.


  • Introduction by Martin H. Greenberg
  • The Copper Beeches [“The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”] by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Blue Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Submarine Plans by Agatha Christie
  • The Necklace of Pearls by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Death on the Air by Ngaio Marsh
  • Help Wanted, Male by Rex Stout
  • Midnight Blue by Ross MacDonald
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Clue by Ellery Queen
  • The Fever Tree by Ruth Rendell
  • Twenty-One Good Men and True by Dick Francis
  • The Victim by P.D. James
  • Little Terror by Robert Barnard
  • The Dream Is Better by Julian Symons
  • The Homesick Buick by John D. MacDonald
  • Danger Out of the Past by Erle Stanley Gardner
  • The Case of the Emerald Sky by Eric Ambler
  • Strictly Diplomatic by John Dickson Carr
  • The African Tree Beavers by Michael Gilbert
  • There Are No Snakes in Ireland by Frederick Forsyth
  • The Splintered Monday by Charlotte Armstrong
  • The Dancing Detective by Cornell Woolrich
  • And So Died Riabouchinska by Ray Bradbury
  • Quitters, Inc. by Stephen King
  • The Nine-to-Five Man by Stanley Ellin
  • The Man Who Collected Poe by Robert Bloch
  • The Nuggy Bar by Simon Brett
  • The Theft of the Four of Spades by Edward D. Hoch
  • The Parker Shotgun by Sue Grafton
  • Lucky Penny by Linda Barnes
  • Never Shake a Family Tree by Donald E. Westlake
  • The Marked Man by Ursula Curtiss
  • Have a Nice Death by Antonia Fraser
  • The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain
  • The Cross of Lorraine by Isaac Asimov
  • The Worst Crime Known to Man by Reginald Hill
  • The Honest Blackmailer by Patricia Moyes
  • Cat’s-Paw by Bill Pronzini
  • A Nice Place to Stay by Nedra Tyre
  • Milady Bigamy by Lillian de la Torre
  • One Thousand Dollars a Word by Lawrence Block

Original title: Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives
FictionCrime and MysterySuspense
FictionCrime and MysteryCrime/Caper
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesGeneral
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesPrivate Detective
FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesHardboiled

The following works are contained within this one:
     Adventure of the Copper Beeches, the (1891) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
     Blue Cross, the (1910) [Short Story]
      Author: G. K. Chesterton
     Homesick Buick, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: John D. MacDonald
     Man Who Collected Poe, the (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Bloch
     Never Shake a Family Tree (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: Donald E. Westlake
     Quitters, Inc. (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen King
     Theft of the Four of Spades, the (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Edward D. Hoch
     Have a Nice Death (1983) [Short Story]
      Author: Antonia Fraser
     Lucky Penny (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Linda Barnes

Edition #1: Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense

Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Martin H. Greenberg
Introduction by: Martin H. Greenberg
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Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Garden City, NY
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780312022518
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.2 x 1.4
Pages: 651

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