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Cynthia Manson

Autor(a) de Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies

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Obras por Cynthia Manson

Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1991) — Editor — 132 exemplares
Women of Mystery (1992) — Editor — 126 exemplares
More Mystery Cats: Feline Felonies (1993) — Editor — 76 exemplares
Murder Most Cozy: Mysteries in the Classic Tradition (1993) — Editor — 55 exemplares
Murder Takes a Holiday (1991) 50 exemplares
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies (1995) — Editor — 49 exemplares
Merry Murder (1994) — Editor — 40 exemplares
Murder at Christmas and Other Stories (1991) — Editor — 39 exemplares
Murder On Main Street : 40 Tales of Small-Town Crime (1993) — Editor — 34 exemplares
Murder under the Mistletoe and Other Stories (1992) — Editor — 33 exemplares
Murder Intercontinental (1996) — Editor — 32 exemplares
Canine Crimes (1993) — Editor — 28 exemplares
Intergalactic Mercenaries (1996) — Editor — 27 exemplares
Mystery for Halloween (1991) — Editor — 24 exemplares
Garden of Deadly Delights (1996) 22 exemplares
Crime a la Carte (1994) 21 exemplares
Death on the Verandah (1994) 20 exemplares
Murder on Trial (1994) — Editor — 14 exemplares
Mysterious Menagerie (1996) — Editor — 13 exemplares
Murder to Music (1997) 13 exemplares
Canine Crimes 2 (1997) — Editor — 12 exemplares
The Haunted Hour (1995) 11 exemplares
Orbit: Graphic Science Fiction No. 3 (1990) — Editor — 9 exemplares
Law and Order Anthology (1997) — Editor — 9 exemplares
Orbit: Graphic Science Fiction No. 2 (1990) — Editor — 7 exemplares
New England Crime Chowder (Library of Crime Classics) (1992) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Kingpins (1992) 1 exemplar
Tote unterm Gabentisch. (1993) 1 exemplar

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Manson, Cynthia
Data de nascimento
20th century
marketing director
Davis Publications

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Cynthia Manson is Director of Marketing at Davis Publications. [from Women of Mystery (1992)]
[from Goodreads website]
Cynthia Manson is a literary agent, formerly Director of Marketing at Davis Publications, publishers of Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazines. She has also edited several anthologies.



This collection consists of crime/ mystery short stories that (a) were written by women and (b) feature female detectives. All of the stories originally had appeared in either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. With one exception, the stories were published between the late 1970s and 1990.

I found the stories to be, on the whole, uninteresting and of ordinary to mediocre quality. While any such collection is bound to be mixed in nature, in Women of Mystery #1 none of the stories stood out to me in quality -- this despite the inclusion of various respectable names in crime fiction (Rendell, Fraser, Clark, Paretsky).

One of those that I ranked the highest (3 stars) was "A Little More Research" (by Joan Hess), a clever one whose text consists of the attempts at writing by a prospective author who is constantly interrupted... and whose resultant crime is documented in her prose. Another one I'd ranked at this level was a contribution from Mary Higgins Clark from 1958, a suspense story in which a stewardess helps smuggle a young political dissident out of a country aboard the airline on which she serves.

Below are the stories included, with my rankings (on a scale of zero to 5 *s).

"Stowaway" (by Mary Higgins Clark): 3*
"Constitution Street" (by Janet Stockey) 1*
"A Pair of Yellow Lilies" (by Ruth Rendell) 1*
"Discards" (by Faye Kellerman) 0*
"The Girl Who Wanted to See Venice" (by Antonia Fraser) 2.5*
"Chain of Terror" (by Patricia McGerr) 3*
"Tania's No Where" (by Amanda Cross) 0*
"Old Friends" (by Salisbury Davis) 1*
"A Case for Clara Cates" (by Carolyn Jensen Watts) 1*
"Guilt Feelings" (by Celia Fremlin) 2.5*
"A Little More Research" (by Joan Hess) 3*
"The Upstairs Flat" (by Elizabeth A. Dalton) 2*
"The Takamoku Joseki" (by Sara Paretsky) 1.5*
"Digby's First Case" (by Anne Perry) 1.5*
"Night Vision" (by BK Stevens) 1.5*
… (mais)
1 vote
danielx | Feb 21, 2019 |
tommyarmour | 1 outra crítica | Jan 13, 2018 |
Although short stories aren't my favorite format for crime/mystery fiction, I like to read the occasional anthology. I've discovered a few authors I enjoy that way. Most of the authors in this collection were already well known to me – Margery Allingham, Dorothy Sayers, Michael Innes, Christianna Brand, Ruth Rendell. The biggest surprise to me is a story by P. G. Wodehouse. I had no idea he wrote any crime/mystery pieces. His “Strychnine in the Soup,” Dorothy Sayers' “The Necklace of Pearls,” and E. C. Bentley's “The Ministering Angel” are among the better stories in this volume. This collection will appeal to fans of classic British mysteries.… (mais)
cbl_tn | 1 outra crítica | Dec 31, 2016 |
Several short mysteries with a Christmas theme. Some are decent but nothing really stands out.
steve12553 | 2 outras críticas | Jun 7, 2016 |


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