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A unique anthology for crime aficionados—six ‘perfect murder’ stories written by the most accomplished crime writers of the 1930s, designed to fox real-life Scotland Yard Superintendent Cornish, who comments on whether or not these crimes could have genuinely been solved.

Is the ‘perfect murder’ possible? Can that crime be committed with such consummate care, with such exacting skill, that it is unsolvable—even to the most astute investigator?

In this unique collection, legendary crime writers Margery Allingham, Anthony Berkeley, Freeman Wills Crofts, Ronald Knox, Dorothy L. Sayers and Russell Thorndike each attempt to create the unsolvable murder, which Superintendent Cornish of the CID then attempts to unravel....

This clever literary battle of wits from the archives of the Detection Club follows The Floating Admiral and Ask a Policeman back into print after more than 75 years and shows some of the experts from the Golden Age of detective fiction at their most ingenious.

For true crime aficionados, this new edition includes an essay by Agatha Christie, one of the inaugural members of the Detection Club. Unseen since 1929, her article discusses the infamous Croydon poisonings, a real-life perfect murder, the solution to which remains a mystery to this day....

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"I can unreservedly commend this ingenious piece of collaboration." (Punch)

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Excellent short stories

These are all very good examples of these golden age mages’ work. Ex superintendent Killjoy tries to pedanticise each clever plot into irrelevance but only succeeds in being a spoil sport. I truly enjoyed each story. Very recommended

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  • 07-08-21

Allingham worth the price of admission

The best of the Detective Club experiments. Starts with a corker from Margery Allingham in top form with a vivid slice of Depression-era music halls; none of the other stories quite match it but all are at least interesting. The actual Scotland Yard detective who refuses to admit he wouldn’t get his man is an inadvertently fun character! Definitely worth the credit.

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  • 05-11-22

frustratingly clever

to the reader, as the writer, each murder sounds perfect. but along comes the real life Ret detective to show what we've missed

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