David Stuart Davies (ed.) - Crime Scenes (Wordsworth Editions, 2008)
David Stuart Davies - Introduction
Natasha Cooper - Under The Cherry Tree Edward Marston - Yes And No Judith Cutler - Initial Impressions Martin Edwards - Eternally Bill Kirton - Missing Peter Lovesey - Showmen Margaret Murphy - A Certain Resolution Russell James - Brace Yourself Joan Lock - A Regular Correspondent Paul Freeman - Written In Stone Judith Cutler - Shaping The Ends Jerry Sykes - Colour Me Blood 124 Gillian Linscott - A dead language Peter Guttridge - The Postman Only Rings If He Can Be Bothered Martin Edwards - Melusine Natasha Cooper - Green Wounds Rafe McGregor -.Contre Temps Peter Lovesey - The perfectionist Christine Poulson - The Lammergeier Vulture Russell James - Lost David Stuart Davies - The obstacle Keith Miles - Slaughter in the Strand Sarah Rayne - The Masquerade Jerry Sykes - Symptoms Of Loss Margaret Murphy - Big End Blues Yvonne Eve Walus - Murder In The Air Phil Lovesey - Homework Adrian Magson - Special Delivery Matthew Booth - A Darkness Discovered
Blurb: Crime Scenes is a sparkling collection of short stories written by modern masters and mistresses of the crime fiction genre. Within these pages you will find tales of murder, mystery and mayhem in a great variety of styles and tones from the time-honoured whodunnit to the psychological chiller to the history mystery to the crime procedural to the noir thriller to the gangster epic and the darkly humorous narrative. This volume demonstrates clearly how the crime story has developed and matured over the last two hundred years or so into the exciting, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining form of fiction it is today. The impressive cast of contributors includes well-respected and well-established names such as Peter Lovesey, Edward Marston, Natasha Cooper, Judith Cutler and Russell James as well as those currently making their reputation as fine exponents of their craft and a few young lions whose work is bristling with promise. Crime Scenes is a treasure chest of delights for the fans of crime fiction.
Anyone had the pleasure? Found a copy at the market yesterday. Not sampled any of the fiction and there are several on-the-go horror's to round off before I do, but from David Stuart Davis's as ever excellent introduction seems this is that rarest of beasts, a Wordsworth anthology of contemporary fiction. I wonder how the sales rack up against the vintage titles?
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.