The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories

The Long Arm of the Law Classic Police Stories None

  • Title: The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories
  • Author: Martin Edwards
  • ISBN: 9780712356879
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. For a modern reader, spoiled by intricate mysteries and sophisticated classic novels of the Golden Age of detective fiction, these short stories, written around the same age, would seem naïve and not very elaborate. It’s true and visible that the authors in this collection were not destined to be praised as highly as their contemporaries – Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh and many others. And yet this collection is charming in its own way. Each story features brilliant professionals, quick-witt [...]

    2. 3 1/2 stars - An okay collection of short mystery stories, but not one of his better anthologies. Some of the more interesting stories:"The Undoing of Mr Dawes" by Gerald Verner - a fence meets his match in the clever police detective, Robert "The Rose-bud" Budd. The story is clever and Budd is a sensible, easygoing detective with a sense of humor. "The Man Who Married Too Often" by Roy Vickers - a double murderer gets her comeuppance in an inverted mystery story with a satirical air and a delig [...]

    3. Thanks to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dame Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and a few others, readers usually think of amateur sleuths when they think of mysteries. In editor Martin Edwards’ latest anthology, he gives the professionals a chance to shine. Any anthology like this will be hit and miss. Edwards, an English solicitor and a mystery writer in his own right, included some authors who are deservedly forgotten; however, quite a few encouraged me to seek out other of the [...]

    4. Many thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the digital galley of this book.Martin Edwards is the editor of this collection which features short mystery stories from the viewpoint of a professional in law enforcement. The British Library Crime Classics series has rescued many little remembered stories and gathered them together in a themed volume. The stories are almost presented in chronological order and it is very interesting to watch the style and language change through this collect [...]

    5. This is as close to a perfect mystery anthology as I have ever read. Every story is enjoyable. Oh, there aren’t any great surprises. We know going in that they will always get their man (or will they?), but each story still has a surprise or two hidden neatly in plain sight. That’s the best part of this collection. If you watch carefully you might just catch the clues and solve the mystery first. Edwards made excellent choices for the stories he included. As always, he introduced me to sever [...]

    6. This book has 15 short stories featuring professional British police officers. There is an Introduction by Martin Edwards which surveys the literature from Dickens to P D James. The stories are:-The Mystery of Chenholt- Alice and Claude Askew (1908)Entertaining, if slight, variation on the classic theme of a rich wife being poisoned by her husband.The policeman, Reggie Vane, is assisted by his fiancee,Violet (is she a private detective?).A rarity by a writing duo with an interesting career.There [...]

    7. The Long Arm of the Law, the latest anthology in the British Library Crime Classics series, represents something of a departure from previous collections, since it focuses on classic police stories. The Golden Age of Detective Fiction is popularly synonymous with the success of enthusiastic amateur sleuths (with characters such as Hercule Poirot, Father Brown, Lord Peter Wimsey, Miss Marple and Albert Campion being the leading lights in the investigative renaissance) in solving crimes that baffl [...]

    8. I always learn something when I read the British Crime Classics edited by Martin Edwards. Edwards never disappoints. The choice of stories is always interesting, and his introductions are lessons in the history of crime writing. As a fan of police procedurals, I was eager to read The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories. Where else can you find Edwards' background information for the classic stories collected? The biggest problem with these books? How do you actually review an anthology o [...]

    9. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review.I liked this mixed bag collection of short stories by Golden Age crime fiction writers. The common element in each story is that the mystery is solved by a policeman, rather than a private detective. In many Golden Age stories a private detective is the problem solver and the police are either relegated to the background, or are completely absent. The stories in this anthology show that policeman can match, [...]

    10. The Long Arm of the Law is an well-chosen collection of short story mysteries collected and introduced by Martin Edwards who has a way of writing a short story introduction that makes me want to read more by the authors. I like short stories, I like mysteries, and so I love mystery anthologies like this.The focus of The Long Arm of the Law is on police investigations. These are short stories from the archives of the golden era of detection when the forms of the genre were being defined. From the [...]

    11. This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley for my honest review.This is the second I’ve read from the British Library Crime Classics, and I’m increasingly glad to have encountered the series. I've read a bit from the pre-WW2 period of British mysteries, but mainly the "greats," and many of the authors in this collection are new to me.I revisited the stories after I completed the book, and for me the "good story" ratio was high for an anthology. I’d be interested in reading more [...]

    12. Not a fan of short stories myself but I did enjoy "The Long Arm of the Law" for majority of the time. There are just a few stale stories but the rest are pretty interesting. One cannot expect anything spectacular given the stories are only few pages long to no more than twenty-something. The motives, culprits, methods usually are quite obvious right at the beginnings for each story, and, somewhat disappointingly, lack of guessing work throughout. The whole purpose of "The Long Arm of the Law" is [...]

    13. Interesting that many of these stories centered around cases where apparent suicides turn out to be murders I do love these collections, and this one is really solid (although, I have to say, the final story was my least favorite--it was like being dropped into the middle of a conversation about people you've never met; way too many names being thrown about with no context!). These police stories (even more so than some of the other Edwards-collected anthologies, I think) have a simplicity about [...]

    14. I really enjoyed these short mysteries--some with a surprising, or unexpected twist. Each story is a quick read. Background information is included about each of these much-awarded (and, it turns out, prolific and once-very-popular) authors-- that made me want to read more by most of them. This is really a collection of lost gems--and a great introduction to some almost-forgotten, great British mystery writers. I'm sure any lover of classic and/or British mysteries would enjoy discovering these [...]

    15. With most classic crime tales, the mystery is inevitably solved by an amateur sleuth and the good old trusted police detective is brushed to the side, watching some know-all gain all the glory for a case that he was responsible for. With ‘The Long Arm of the Law’ Martin Edwards celebrates the humble policeman, this collection sees the professionals come out on top and there are no amateurs in sight.Usually with short story collections I tend to find there a few duds in the mix, however with [...]

    16. Highly entertaining anthology of short detective stories, some by authors one would have heard of like Edgar Wallace and others less well known but equally talented like Christianna Brand whose 'After The Event' is one of the most striking stories or 'Old Mr Martin' by Michael Gilbert is also worth a gander. Highly recommend this. Wonderful too for those of us who are shameless in our love of nostalgia and the old British bobby/rain-coated detective a la the two JacksWarner and Hawkins.

    17. Short stories about police detectives. The man who married too much was superb, specially the legal catch that gave the game away. Another was about the blind man and who his dog allowed to be fed by. This series by the British Library is excellent.

    18. I really enjoyed these short mysteries--some with a surprising, or unexpected twist. Each story is a quick read. Background information is included about each of these much-awarded (and, it turns out, prolific and once-popular) authors-- that made me want to read more by most of them. This is really a collection of lost gems--and a great introduction to some almost-forgotten, great British mystery writers. I'm sure any lover of classic and/or British mysteries would enjoy discovering these autho [...]

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