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Best Crime Stories, the (1977) [Anthology]
by Margery Allingham Charlotte Armstrong Robert Arthur Anthony Berkeley Christianna Brand G. K. Chesterton Agatha Christie Brian Cleeve Wilkie Collins Roald Dahl Avram Davidson Arthur Conan Doyle Stanley Ellin Elizabeth Ferrars Dick Francis Celia Fremlin John Garforth Michael Gilbert Anthony Gilbert George Goodchild Dashiell Hammett James Hilton Jane Aiken Hodge Henry Holt Aldous Huxley W. W. Jacobs P.D. James Mary Kelly John D. MacDonald W. Somerset Maugham James McClure Patricia McGerr Helen Nielsen Eric Parr Hugh Pentecost Edgar Allan Poe Patrick Quentin Dorothy L. Sayers John Steinbeck Julian Symons Miles Tripp Roy Vickers Edgar Wallace Ted Willis Jay Wilson Cornell Woolrich Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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An anthology of 49 crime stories, 700+ pages, listed as edited by Anon, but evidently edited by Michael Stapleton, who wrote the introduction. A greatly abridged version (containing 24 of the stories) was subsequently published in the U.S. in 1990.


  • Introduction by Michael Stapleton (Ed.)
  • The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Angler’s Story of the Lady of Glenwith Grange [“The Lady of Glenwith Grange”] by William Collins
  • The New Catacomb [“Burger’s Secret”] by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Hammer of God by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Interruption by W.W. Jacobs
  • The Gioconda Smile by Aldous Huxley
  • The Almost Perfect Crime by Henry Holt
  • The Letter by W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Farewell Murder by Dashiell Hammett
  • They Never Get Caught by Margery Allingham
  • The Siamese Cat by George Goodchild
  • The Avenging Chance [Roger Sheringham] by Anthony Berkeley
  • The Necklace of Pearls by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Man Who Knew How by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • The Poetical Policeman by Edgar Wallace
  • S.O.S. by Agatha Christie
  • Wireless by Agatha Christie
  • The Mallet by James Hilton
  • Dusk to Dawn by Cornell Woolrich
  • The Murder by John Steinbeck
  • Eyewitness [revised from Detective Fiction Weekly Jan 28 ’39] by Robert Arthur
  • Puzzle for Poppy [Peter & Iris Duluth] by Patrick Quentin
  • The Homesick Buick by John D. MacDonald
  • The Enemy [Mike Russell] by Charlotte Armstrong
  • The Conspirators [Insp. Patrick Petrella] by Michael Gilbert
  • Double Image by Roy Vickers
  • Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
  • The Way Up to Heaven by Roald Dahl
  • The Necessity of His Condition by Avram Davidson
  • The Unsuspected by Jay Wilson
  • You Can’t Be a Little Girl All Your Life by Stanley Ellin
  • A Day of Encounters by Anthony Gilbert
  • Foxer by Brian Cleeve
  • Special Release by Eric Parr
  • Love Affair by Julian Symons
  • Scatter His Ashes by Elizabeth Ferrars
  • Jericho and the Two Ways to Die [John Jericho] by Hugh Pentecost
  • The Niece from Scotland by Christianna Brand
  • Carrot for a Chestnut by Dick Francis
  • This One’s a Beauty [Captain Rogan] by Patricia McGerr
  • The Perfect Servant by Helen Nielsen
  • Judgement by Mary Kelly
  • Fixation by Miles Tripp
  • A Quite Conventional Death by John Garforth
  • The Victim by P.D. James
  • Suicide or Murder? by Jane Aiken Hodge
  • Accommodation Vacant by Celia Fremlin
  • Scandal at Sandkop by James McClure
  • The Man from the White Mountains by Ted Willis

Original title: The Best Crime Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and Detectives

The following works are contained within this one:
     Purloined Letter, the (1844) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Hammer of God, the (1910) [Short Story]
      Author: G. K. Chesterton
     Murder, the (1934) [Short Story]
      Author: John Steinbeck
     Homesick Buick, the (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: John D. MacDonald
     Lamb to the Slaughter (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Roald Dahl
     Way Up to Heaven, the (1954) [Short Story]
      Author: Roald Dahl

Edition #1: The Best Crime Stories

The Best Crime Stories (1977)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Michael Stapleton
Introduction by: Michael Stapleton
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Manifested in:

The Best Crime Stories (September 1977)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Hamlyn Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780600382416
Pages: 750

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