Crime Collection 1986: An Anthology by Members of the Crime Writers’ Association - John CreaseyLondon: Victor Gollancz, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine with the price clipped.
From the cover: “The best aunts put a bowl of sweet raisins beside the guest-bed; this is it. That’s what The Times’s reviewer said of a recent Crime Collection. To which a BBC reviewer rejoined: “To hell with the guests — this book is staying by my bedside.” And we fear that the latest splendid collection will encourage readers to continue to be selfish.
Julian Symons is on top form with an ingenious tale of a seemingly unbreakable alibi: an actor plans to murder his wife while he appears to be tied up in a sack on stage during a performance. Simon Brett offers a fiendish variant of the Jack the Ripper murders. Michael Gilbert has a most unusual story of a conspiracy to end experiments on animals at a research station. H. R. F. Keating comes up with another of his Indian Detective-Inspector Ghote’s bizarre adventures. In Victor Canning’s story, a blind woman cleverly reveals, before she dies of a heart attack, the identity of the man who is robbing her.
In Ted Allbeury’s story, a pro-fessional Security man reaches the point, even in his private life, when he is suspicious of everyone. In Margaret Yorke’s, a man who tries to drown his wife drowns himself. Peter Godfrey provides another skilfully plotted Rolf Le Roux yarn. In Ella Griffiths’ story, the police devise an elaborate subterfuge to coax a criminal into giving himself away. And, in a delightful change of tone, Peter Lovesey offers an endearing tale about a six-year-old who wants to be a postman, and distributes his parents’ old love-letters around the village.
Another varied and gripping collection from the masters of the Crime Writers’ Association.”