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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort Books to Die For

  • Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Books to Die For: The World’s Greatest Mystery Writers on the World’s Greatest Mystery Novels edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke
  • Disappearing Shanghai: Photographs and Poems of an Intimate Way of Life by Howard W. French (Photographer)
  • Venetian Curiosities by Donna Leon
  • The Grand Tour: Around the World With the Queen of Mystery edited by Mathew Prichard
  • The Best American Mystery Stories 2012 edited by Robert Crais and Otto Penzler

Tom Nolan recommends mystery books for the holiday season. His recommendations at wsj.com.

»While the titles chosen for Books to Die For range in date from 1841 (the Dupin stories of Edgar Allan Poe) to 2008 (Mark Gimenez’s The Perk), each does seem to deserve its place in this hall-of-fame volume. Moreover, despite the preponderance of noir, one can still read Ruth Dudley Edwards on Edmund Crispin’s madcap The Moving Toyshop, Laurie R. King on Peter Dickinson’s The Glass-Sided Ants’ Nest, Paul Charles on Colin Dexter’s first Inspector Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, and Val McDermid on the much-admired Reginald Hill’s On Beulah Height. In short, Books to Die For is, even given its biases, as good a collection of short essays on crime fiction as one is likely to find.«

Michael Dirda

119 crime fiction authors contributed short essays on crime fiction for Books to Die For, edited by John Connolly and Declan Burke. Michael Dirda’s review about this collection you will find at washingtonpost.com.