H.R.F Keating, author ofThe Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for theTimes of London, offers a concise commentary on the finest mystery books ever written. From Poe's tales of mystery and imagination to P. D. James'sA Taste for Death, Keating delivers a highly-readable evaluation of 100 authors and their masterpieces. This collection is a must for all devoted mystery readers.
"Something to offer almost everyone. If you are only just embarking on a life of crime fiction . . . a reliable guide."--New York Times
"Remarkably balanced and highly entertaining."--Library Journal
"Keating, himself a mystery writer of note, has compiled a truly standout survey . . .This is a gold mine of lively writing, sensible insights and easy-going erudition."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ideal browsing fare."--Booklist