Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries Edited by Martin Edwards
Rating: 4 Stars
Description: These fourteen stories have 2 things in common - the first is that at least one murder will be committed and the second is that the story takes place in a vacation destination. The authors range from well known with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G.K. Chesterton to the more obscure Leo Bruce and Gerald Findler and everyone in between.
Why I Picked This Book: I love classic mysteries and an anthology sounded like the best way to get introduced to some new authors.
My Impression: I love Martin Edwards as an editor for this book. We get a nice introduction to the book itself followed by a short biography of each author before the mystery they are responsible for. I could feel Edwards' enthusiasm for the author and their work which in turn made me more enthusiastic and interested. It was also thanks to his book The Golden Age of Murder about mystery authors from this time period that made all of 14 of the authors listed here familiar names to me. I enjoyed comparing the different voices of the different authors and finding the similarities. While some added more humor and some were a little darker there's still a detachment that is common for this time period. While at least one person will meet a rather grisly end in each of the stories it's almost soothing reading. The pacing of all the stories is a little slow which I also find common for this story and this isn't a book I can imagine sitting down and reading in one sitting. This is more of a sitting outside on a lovely day enjoying one story at a time while imaging you're on holiday kind of book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes definitely. I've just heard that there is a Christmas anthology that Edwards is editing so that is definitely on my list!
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you enjoy classic mysteries this one is not to be missed!