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Murderous Schemes (1996) [Anthology]
by Lawrence Block Christianna Brand Simon Brett William Brittain Fredric Brown Thomas Burke John Dickson Carr Raymond Chandler G. K. Chesterton Agatha Christie Roald Dahl Isak Dinesen Arthur Conan Doyle Stanley Ellin Susan Glaspell Anna Katharine Green Dashiell Hammett Chester Himes Edward D. Hoch E.W. Hornung Shirley Jackson Stuart M. Kaminsky Jack London Peter Lovesey Emmuska Orczy Edgar Allan Poe Ellery Queen Damon Runyon Dorothy L. Sayers Rex Stout John F. Suter Donald E. Westlake Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Edited by: Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis

When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.s, including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, and the mistaken identity. Now, in Murderous Schemes, renowned mystery writers Donald E. Westlake and J. Madison Davis offer an illuminating look at eight such mystery conventions, illustrating each with four short stories written by some of the masters of the form. The resulting collection of thirty-two tales spans a hundred and fifty years of crime fiction and includes virtually every style imaginable, from the hard-boiled detective story to the cozy armchair mystery.

Here Westlake and Davis provide the avid mystery reader (and the budding mystery writer) with a glimpse behind the curtain, allowing them to compare for themselves how some of the great crime writers worked their magic on a particular convention. These tales highlight not only differences between individual writers, but also the differences between American and British detective fiction, and they illuminate the evolution of crime writing over time. Here is a glorious treasure chest of tales that cover every crime in the book, written by a who's who of crime fiction--Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Raymond Chandler, Dorothy L. Sayers, Chester Himes, Edward D. Hoch, and Lawrence Block, to name but a few.

Bringing together a century and a half of superb crime stories, Murderous Schemes is a glorious collection that will inform and delight anyone who loves mystery and mayhem.


  • The Locked Room
    • The Shadow of the Goat (1926) by John Dickson Carr
    • What, No Butler? (1933) by Damon Runyon
    • The Leopold Locked Room (1971) by Edward D. Hoch
    • The Man Who Read John Dickson Carr (1965) by William Brittain
  • Only One Among You
    • The Secret Garden (1910) by G.K. Chesterton
    • The Necklace of Pearls (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers
    • They Can Only Hang You Once (1932) by Dashiell Hammett
    • Busted Blossoms (1986) by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • The Caper
    • A Costume Piece (1896) by E.W. Hornung
    • The Impossible Theft (1964) by John F. Suter
    • Donít Know Much About Art (1984) by Simon Brett
    • The Ultimate Caper (1975) by Donald E. Westlake
  • The Armchair Detective
    • The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway (1901) by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
    • The Blue Geranium (1929) by Agatha Christie
    • The Adventure of Abraham Lincolnís Clue (1965) by Ellery Queen
    • The Affair of the Twisted Scarf (1950) by Rex Stout
  • Come Into My Parlor
    • The Landlady (1959) by Roald Dahl
    • The Orderly World of Mr. Appleby (1950) by Stanley Ellin
    • Bless This House (1970) by Christianna Brand
    • Someday Iíll Plant More Walnut Trees> (1993) by Lawrence Block
  • I Confess!
    • ďThou Art the ManĒ (1844) by Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Adventure of the Dying Detective (1913) by Arthur Conan Doyle
    • The Master of Mystery (1902) by Jack London
    • The Fat Man (1975) by Isak Dinesen
  • Hoist on their Own Petards
    • Midnight in Beauchamp Row by Anna Katharine Green
    • Iíll Be Waiting (1939) by Raymond Chandler
    • The Possibility of Evil (1965) by Shirley Jackson
    • The Secret Lover (1985) by Peter Lovesey
  • Over the Edge
    • A Jury of Her Peers (1917) by Susan Glaspell
    • The Hands of Mr. Ottermole (1929) by Thomas Burke
    • Tang (1967) by Chester Himes
    • Little Apple Hard to Peel (1942) by Fredric Brown

Original title: Murderous Schemes: An Anthology of Classic Detective Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives

The following works are contained within this one:
     Hands of Mr. Ottermole, the (1929) [Novelette]
      Author: Thomas Burke
     Secret Lover, the (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Peter Lovesey
     Someday I'll Plant More Walnut Trees (1993) [Short Story]
      Author: Lawrence Block

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Murderous Schemes (1996)
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Language: English

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ISBN: 0195104870

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