Books to Die For, Hardback
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With so many mystery novels to choose from and so many new titles appearing each year, where should the reader start?

What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems? In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world's leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written.

In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about themselves and their work work as they do about the books that they love, more than 120 authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers.

From Christie to Child and Poe to PD James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Peter Wimsey, BOOKS TO DIE FOR brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover.

This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought ...I want more!




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This is a well-edited series of essays on crime novels with each essay written by a crime writer. Each contributor writes about their favourite novel and, in general, their enthusiasm comes across and their unique perspective is insightful.The volume is very well edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke, a task which must have been a logistical nightmare. If you don't finish reading this with a list of another handful of books to read I’ll be very surprised.

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