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No. 118

The Times of London Anthology of Detective Stories

The Times had a contest in the early 1970's for detective stories, judged by a panel of five, including Tom Stoppard and Dame Agatha Christie. This book collects some of the entries.

The winning story was written by SF author John Sladek (though I see he also wrote a couple mystery novels starring the sleuth in this story). Like many of the stories in the collection, he's pulling out all the stops to get noticed. I cottoned onto the correct detail, but didn't come to quite the right solution of the mystery.

John Garforth's "A Quite Conventional Death" is amusing, set as it is at a convention of mystery writers. The mystery is fine, but the juicy scandals and personality clashes among the authors are the more enjoyable elements.

I think the nadir is reached in the story where the murder is committed via a scientific invention that is patently ridiculous.

I'm not a huge mystery buff, but these were fine to pass the time with.
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