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H.R.F Keating, author of The Perfect Murder and mystery reviewer for the Times 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’s A 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

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