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This collection of the finest short story mystery fiction by the most acclaimed writers, past and present features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Burke, Harry Kemelman, and everyone in between. Edited by multi-award-winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, it offers a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense. The collection includes "The Case of the Missing Patriarchs" by Logan Clendening and "Gentlemen and Players" by E.W. Hornung, both performed by Julian Sands, "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" by Thomas Burke, performed by Juliet Mills, "The Invisible Man" by G.K. Chesterton, performed by David Warner, "A New Leaf" by Jack Ritchie, performed by John Rubinstein, "Haircut" by Ring Lardner, performed by Harlan Ellison, "Iris" by Stephen Greenleaf, performed by Susan Anspach, "The Nine-Mile Walk" by Harry Kemelman, performed by David Birney, and "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, performed by Ben Kingsley.
©1996 by Otto Penzler (P)1984 by Stephen Greenleaf; 1947 by The American Mercury, Inc., Copyright Renewed 1975 by Harry Kemelman; 1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.; 1925, Copyright Renewed 1953 by Ellis A. Lardner

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 01-07-13

Good collection

As with mot collections, the quality differs. I already had a few in collections of the respective authors. Several were outstanding. Several were good. Several were average. None were bad. The narration was uniformly very good.

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False title

These are not the greatest mysteries of all time. Some do not rate as 'good' or 'fair'.