100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century
Selected by the
Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
edited by Jim Huang
The early reviews are in!
"Who better to ask to pick a good mystery than the owner of a mystery bookstore? How about the owners of 38 mystery bookstores? Someone did, and the result is 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century (Crum Creek Press, $12.00, 160 pages), selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and edited by Jim Huang. This perceptively annotated list is an absolute must for anyone who reads more than five mysteries a year, and it would serve equally well as a guide for the totally uninitiated....
"If you violently disagree with some of the choices, you’re not alone. Dissenting booksellers involved in the project submitted their own minority reports, which make up the second half of the book and are as interesting to read as the winning entries.You won’t go wrong with any of the books on the list, but it’s a sad reflection on the modern publishing world that nearly one quarter of the books picked (24) are no longer in print. Even so, you’re going to have to make lots of room on your to-be-read stack for the mysteries this list is going to send you off looking for."
-- The Denver Post
"Yesterday I received [an advance reading copy] in the mail from Jim Huang, Director of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The title of this book is 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century. This looked so intriguing that I put aside the review books I should have been reading to jump into this one. And I was right to do so. It was absolutely captivating.
"Part I simply lists the 100 books by the decade in which they were published. Of course, my first step was to determine how many of them I had read. I was pleased to find that I had read over half of them, but that leaves me with a great many to find and read. Following the list is what is called ‘descriptions,’ but are in reality essays and reviews. Each book is discussed by one of the booksellers who participated. It was delightful to find how well these booksellers knew their books and were able to provide the flavor and the justification for including that book. I read those essays voraciously and enjoyed every single one of them.
"Part II allowed each business who wished to comment on the list and also to submit a list of up to five titles that did not make the final list, but should have. So now there is even more reading to do! The comments are most interesting. One book story owner remarked that they had set up a reading group for the purpose of reading or rereading every single one of these books. This is a very fine idea.
"This is a delicious cornucopia for the mystery reader. What a wonderful resource to check our reading. My recommendation to you is to get a copy of this in your hot little hands as soon as it is available (which is December of 2000). You will find it fascinating, useful, and provocative. And you'll probably want to pick up copies for your friends and relatives for Christmas gifts as well. And, best of all, you can buy a copy from your local independent mystery book store. What could be more fitting?"
-- Sally Fellows on DorothyL (an internet mystery mailing list)
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