Edited By Martin Edwards
This is an interesting collection of short stories – classic crime while a character is on holiday (or on vacation, as we would say here in the United States). Before each story, Mr. Edwards provides a bit of background on the author and their writing career. While I knew the first, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, I was unfamiliar with the remainder of the authors in this collection.
The short stories vary greatly, and each is unique – some are told from the eyes of the criminal, others have a resolution for a victim, but not the entire mystery. Some stories are fairly straightforward, while others have a nice twist to them. All British authors, the majority of the holidays take place in the UK, but some are abroad in other European locations.
One nice aspect to this collection is it’s easy to read in small increments. Sometimes you just don’t have a large chunk of time to sit down and invest in a novel. This book is perfect for those times – you can pick it up and breeze through an entire mystery. A few of the 14 stories just were not my cuppa, resulting in the 4/5 rating. Most of them were quite engaging, and I enjoyed being immersed in the holiday mysteries of the early 20th century.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.