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Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, the (1990) [Anthology]
by Margery Allingham H.C. Bailey Robert Barnard E.C. Bentley Anthony Berkeley Nicholas Blake Christianna Brand Simon Brett Geoffrey Bush G. K. Chesterton Agatha Christie Margaret I. Cole G.D.H. Cole Edmund Crispin Freeman Wills Crofts Carter Dickson Arthur Conan Doyle R. Austin Freeman Michael Gilbert Cyril Hare Reginald Hill Michael Innes P.D. James H. R. F. Keating Ronald Knox Gladys Mitchell Arthur Morrison Ruth Rendell John Rhode Clarence Rook Dorothy L. Sayers Julian Symons Michael Underwood Roy Vickers Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Oxford Books of Prose

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The scene: a sleeping car on the North-Western express, somewhere between Preston and Carlisle. The weapon: a small-caliber revolver. The victims: two young newlyweds, with little money and no known enemies. The puzzle: everyone in the car has an alibi, and no one was seen to leave. Here are all the ingredients for another gripping detective story.

The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories gathers 33 engrossing tales of crime, ranging from the birth of the genre to the present day. Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, Robert Barnard, and Simon Brett--all the giants of English mystery are here, as well as Christianna Brand, Ngaio Marsh, Michael Innes, Reginald Hill, Nicholas Blake, Michael Underwood, and many more. Editor Patricia Craig treats us to Sherlock Holmes, indefatigably tracking the details of the theft of Colonel Ross's prize horse, Silver Blaze, and the murder of its trainer. In "The Oracle of the Dog," G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown sits calmly in his study, solving at a distance the perplexing murder of Colonel Druce: was it the foreign Dr. Valentine, the foppish lawyer Traill, or Floyd, the exuberant American secretary? P.D. James sends Chief Superindentant Dalgliesh on the trail of a mysterious death from some seventy years before--a case with a final, darkly ironic twist. And Robert Barnard grimly lampoons English academe in "The Oxford Way of Death." In addition to this dazzling array of stories, Craig provides a concise introduction which surveys the origins and development of this enduring genre.

Ingenious, gothic, morbid, satirical--the English detective story ranks among the most dynamic and gripping fiction. In The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, Patricia Craig presents some of the best ever written, in an absorbing tour of the world of crime, detection, and retribution.


  • The Stir Outside the Cafe Royal by Clarence Rook
  • Silver Blaze byby Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Mysterious Visitor by R. Austin Freeman
  • The Case of Laker, Absconded by Arthur Morrison
  • The Oracle of the Dog by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Genuine Tabard by E.C. Bentley
  • The Dead Leaves by H.C. Bailey
  • The Mystery of the Sleeping-Car Express by Freeman Wills Crofts
  • The Purple Line by John Rhode
  • Solved by Inspection by Ronald A. Knox
  • The Henpecked Murderer by Roy Vickers
  • Superintendent Wilson’s Holiday by G.D.H. & Margaret I. Cole
  • The Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
  • The Avenging Chance by Anthony Berkeley
  • Murder at Pentecost by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Death on the Air by Ngaio Marsh
  • Miss Burnside’s Dilemma by Cyril Hare
  • Daisy Bell by Gladys Mitchell
  • Three Is a Lucky Number by Margery Allingham
  • The Assassins’ Club by Nicholas Blake
  • The House in Goblin Wood by Carter Dickson
  • The Furies by Michael Innes
  • The Hornet’s Nest by Christianna Brand
  • The Murderer by Julian Symons
  • The Killing of Michael Finnegan by Michael Gilbert
  • Murder at St. Oswald’s by Michael Underwood
  • Great-Aunt Allie’s Flypapers by P.D. James
  • Baker Dies by Edmund Crispin & Geoffrey Bush
  • A Dangerous Thing by H.R.F. Keating
  • Thornapple by Ruth Rendell
  • The Oxford Way of Death by Robert Barnard
  • Bring Back the Cat! by Reginald Hill
  • How’s Your Mother? by Simon Brett

Original title: The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives

The following works are contained within this one:
     Silver Blaze (1892) [Short Story]
      Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
     Stir Outside the Café Royal, the (1898) [Short Story]
      Author: Clarence Rook
     Oracle of the Dog, the (1923) [Short Story]
      Author: G. K. Chesterton

Edition #1: Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, the

Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, the (1990)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Patricia Craig
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Oxford Book of English Detective Stories, the (2002)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Oxford, UK
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192803757
Pages: 554

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