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This collection of "crime" stories ran the gamut from amusing to disturbing. The twenty-seven authors represented each have a unique style, and the biographical introductions highlight each writer's strengths and best-known works. Caution: If you don't want to add more authors and titles to your "to read" list then you should avoid reading this collection. By the time I finished I added fifteen more authors to my own list.
Another anthology of mystery and crime stories, these by women. This volume was edited by Elizabeth George. I love her attitude towards crime fiction: "One man at a writing conference told me that he was going to write crime fiction as practice and then, later on, he would write a 'real novel.''Like making tacos until you can graduate to chocolate cake from scratch?' I asked him innocently."Like Ms George says, "For my money, literature is whatever lasts." I strongly recommend reading her introd...
I’ve been reading this over the past few days and finally finished it! The nice thing about anthologies is that it’s easy to read it in bits and pieces, which makes it really good for commute reading.A Moment on the Edge is a collection of crime stories over the past 100 years. This book doesn’t just feature noted crime writers, but stories from a wider range of authors. All stories “share in common a desire to explore mankind in a moment on the edge”.Each story is introduced with a brief biogra...
Anthology of brilliant stories by 27 women crime writers. I liked the biographical introductions to each story. I found a bunch of authors that I want to read more of.
Collection of stories by female crime writers.I didn't care for the editing on this. None of the stories were bad, but they didn't strike me as especially great or telling of the author's work or individually showing either the range of the field or what women have been writing. I felt like it was editor's preference rather than a comprehensive plan in a lot of cases. Not bad, all solid, just not stories I was surprised and delighted to read, and often stories where a fair number of rough edges
Reading short stories was the perfect thing for me during this time of upheaval. I also needed to get some big chores done around the house and when I am reading a good book, that is all I want to do. I like almost all the authors included and Elizabeth's summaries before each story also includes information on other writings. This will help me select my future readings.This book has been sitting on my shelf for many years and luckily I have a few others like it. I am glad these anthologies are
A good, if standard, collection. Some stories too long for an anthology like this. Leaving out Joyce Carol Oates would have made room for several, younger writers. Still it is good to trace the expansion of women writers and protagonists in this field. Reminded me to go read more Minette Walters.
The only outstanding story is the Summer people by Shirley Jackson. As far as the others- some were good, just a couple were not so good
Author Elizabeth George, best known for her Inspector Lynley mysteries, selected 26 crime stories by women authors for the anthology A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2002). In her introduction, George analyzes how and why people have been fascinated with crime stories since ancient times and takes to task those critics of the genre who believe crime writing is a lesser form of literary endeavor. The stories George chose certainly make a strong argument for their inclusi...
This was a good compilation and I think I found some new authors that I am interested in. I would give it a higher rating but the problem with so many short stories is that many are forgettable, but the ones that stand out are totally worth the read.
I enjoyed most of these stories but noticed that as they became more modern (i. e. written by contemporary women), in general they became less interesting. Or maybe it was that the murders became more gruesome and somehow more commonplace, like tv murders? Almost all the women had interesting plot twists and some were really creepy (Joyce Carol Oates' was especially hard to read). But I guess I prefer that mood of mystery in the past.
I KEPT THIS BOOK IN MY CAR IN CASE I HAD TO WAIT FOR MY HUSBAND SOMEWHERE (USUALLY LOWE'S OR HOME DEPOT). THE STORIES WERE GREAT AND I ENJOYED HAVING SOMETHING I COULD READ QUICKLY.
Mysteries are my go to books. They have been part of my life for as long as I can remember, starting with Encyclopedia Brown. I have always loved reading them, both as novels and short stories. However, almost all of the books I read are by male writers. I have visited the worlds of a few women mystery writers, and Sara Paretsky is one of my favorites, but I have never read a lot of their work. So, when my wife told me about this collection of short mysteries, I was intrigued.Edited by Elizabeth...
I really wanted to hit 4 stars, but the last of E. George's short stories left me disappointed. First of all, I love Elizabeth George's novels especially those featuring Detective Lynley so when I saw she had compiled a selection of crime short stories written by women, I was all over it. I have really just developed an appreciation of short stories thanks to our dear Catherine (Goodreads) who began a special group who were interested in SS. I am so glad she continued with it for another year! A...
"A Moment on The Edge" by Elizabeth George is a compilation of short mystery stories by accomplished women novelists. Each story is accompanied by a brief bio of the writer and her place among top mystery writers. I was pleasantly surprised to discover several of my favorite authors are among the highly rated. I was also introduced to additional writers I want to read. Just as important, the book identified at least one author I'll skip. Not because she isn't a good writer but because the subjec...
“A Moment on the Edge” by Elizabeth George is light reading containing numerous short stories by women writers over 100 or so years, with an introduction to each author and the writers that they admired or were motivated by. As short stories are not as well fleshed out as novels, and as there are probably not as many to choose from, these vary from two to four-stars, and some are only lightly in the crime genre. The pluses are that it is interesting to read older writing styles, that you find a
As most anthologies I come to, there is an uneven quality to the selection of stories. In this case most of them range from average to uninteresting. There are two glaring exceptions, one being Shirley Jackson’s “The Summer People”. Most writers presented here were unknown to me, with obvious exceptions like Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters. I believe their best work to be in novels, not short stories. That may be also true for most of the other writers represented here. The short forms are more...
This collection of short stories is arranged chronologically according to publication date. The first half of the book is excellent; however, my enthusiasm evaporated with the second half. A couple of the more modern tales were well written, but they lacked the extra dimension I enjoyed in the earlier ones. They seemed to revolve around social issues or individual angst rather than a mystery, or at least a puzzle of some sort. Since I had read three stories before, I gave this book three stars f...
I really enjoyed this anthology. Quite a lot of styles collected here! No novellas - they're all short stories, with the occasional very short story thrown in. Obviously I enjoyed some of the stories more than others, but honestly I can't remember any real duds. 25 stories in all. Sayers, Marsh, & Allingham are all represented, but there are also quite a few names I didn't recognize. Oh, no Christie (but that's okay, I've read all of hers a gazillion times).
As a fan of E. George and also of Catherine’s short stories on Goodreads, I was drawn to this series of crime stories! It was COOL to read about these early female writers of mystery who were published before female mystery writers were recognized as legit! I enjoyed most of the stories but not all, but I ❤️ Having a book available to read a story or section to read when I feel the urge - this filled the bill nicely!
This book is a series of crime short stories written by women in the last 100 years. The stories are largely well-written, with a varied quality of surprise outcomes. My favorite one was the woman in Victorian England who was convinced she was married to Jack the Ripper. I won't give the ending away, but it's incredible and unexpected.
I'll start by saying, I've not been a big reader of short stories. I thought I'd give it another go and unfortunately I don't think they are my wheelhouse. That being said, some interesting reads, but nothing that made me want to read more by any particular author. Still, greatly appreciated the bio information on the writers to help contextualize the stories.
The first story was the most interesting to me. I wish there was more consistency in theme between stories; yes, they are all written by women, but that's all they have in common, and I didn't feel that was enough for a consistent theme. The very first story and the one about the young couple in South Africa were the most interesting to me.
Most of these stories were unquestionably 5 stars. There was a small sprinkling of ones that I didn't care for because the language was a little too old or too British for me to relate to, but for the most part it was an excellent collection. I took a long time reading it with breaks to read novels. This was not a quick read, but definitely worth the time of any crime fiction fan.
I was seduced by Elizabeth George's name on the cover as I am seriously addicted to everything she writes, but I failed to consider that while she edited and compiled the book she didn't actually write any of the stories. Also, I have a guilty secret: I don't really like short stories all that much. Please don't tell any of my English professors.
Overall, a very good collection. There were a couple that I had read in other short story collections (the Shirley Jackson, which is always worth re-reading; the Nedra Tyre) and a couple I didn't enjoy much (the Jemima Shore story doesn't have me racing to read more of Antonia Fraser's series, that's for sure), but most of them were great.
It is always enjoyable to read well designed anthologies that connect me to old favorites and introduce authors new to me. With 26 women represented there were stories I liked more than others but overall it was fun to have a short story to read when I was either between books or had just a few minutes to read..
This is a remarkable collection of mystery stories. Many of them, while being wonderful mystery stories, also have the feel of literature--for lack of a better word. I am currently embarked on a campaign to read as many mystery short story anthologies as I can. This is one of the best of the several hundred I've read so far.
I really enjoyed the short stories from the first half of the century, but it starts to go downhill once it gets to the 60s. I had to skip some of the more modern stream-of-consciousness style stories.
This compilation of crime stories by women has some great pieces, but I found myself enjoying the older, more classic stories way more than the contemporary ones. Probably just a reflection of my taste. If you are looking for short crime stories, do give this volume a go.