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It's been worth the wait. One of the authors most requested by Crippen & Landru readers throughout its 25-year history has been mystery writer William Brittain, whose fiction challenges the reader with tricky plots presented in a unique style. For the first time, all of the popular Man Who Read stories and a selection of the Mr. Strang stories have been collected into a si It's been worth the wait. One of the authors most requested by Crippen & Landru readers throughout its 25-year history has been mystery writer William Brittain, whose fiction challenges the reader with tricky plots presented in a unique style. For the first time, all of the popular Man Who Read stories and a selection of the Mr. Strang stories have been collected into a single volume. Both series appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine during the mid-years of the 20th century. Sadly, Brittain later forsook mystery fiction to become a children s author, and his YA novel The Wish Giver earned him a Newbery Honor award. This collection was edited by Josh Pachter, who also wrote the introduction and compiled a bibliography of Brittain's many publications.


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It's been worth the wait. One of the authors most requested by Crippen & Landru readers throughout its 25-year history has been mystery writer William Brittain, whose fiction challenges the reader with tricky plots presented in a unique style. For the first time, all of the popular Man Who Read stories and a selection of the Mr. Strang stories have been collected into a si It's been worth the wait. One of the authors most requested by Crippen & Landru readers throughout its 25-year history has been mystery writer William Brittain, whose fiction challenges the reader with tricky plots presented in a unique style. For the first time, all of the popular Man Who Read stories and a selection of the Mr. Strang stories have been collected into a single volume. Both series appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine during the mid-years of the 20th century. Sadly, Brittain later forsook mystery fiction to become a children s author, and his YA novel The Wish Giver earned him a Newbery Honor award. This collection was edited by Josh Pachter, who also wrote the introduction and compiled a bibliography of Brittain's many publications.

45 review for The Man Who Read Mysteries (Lost Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Theunis Snyman

    What a treat. To have all the men, or women, who read stories by some great detective authors in one collection together with some of the mister Strang stories is really something special. The publisher Crippen and Landru has done us a great service to publish this collection in the Lost Classics series. It’s a pity that there was not enough space for all the mister Strang stories. We can only hope that they will appear in a future volume of the Lost Classics. Mister Strang is a teacher in a sec What a treat. To have all the men, or women, who read stories by some great detective authors in one collection together with some of the mister Strang stories is really something special. The publisher Crippen and Landru has done us a great service to publish this collection in the Lost Classics series. It’s a pity that there was not enough space for all the mister Strang stories. We can only hope that they will appear in a future volume of the Lost Classics. Mister Strang is a teacher in a secondary school who solves some really baffling murders. There are, if I remember rightly, even two locked room murders. A delight to read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Marr

    A excellent collection of short stories from a long time EQMM/AHMM contributor. "The Man Who..." stories (collected here in toto) are clever pastiches with mystery fans getting to solve real life mysteries in the style of their favorite sleuths, while the Mr. Strang stories pit a delightfully choleric high school science teacher against a series of cleverly conceived puzzle crimes. Highly recommended to anyone who owns more than 10 issues of EQMM/AHMM.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Keeth

    Sorry Not My Kind Of Book I will be honest - this book didn’t interest me. A couple of the stories were interesting but overall I just couldn’t get into them. I read about half and then gave up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lennart Guldbrandsson

    Enjoyable pastiches with a lot of interesting ideas and some clever plots. Bonus points for the well-written foreword (by a friend of Britain's) and afterword (by Britain's daughter).

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