|The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits|
Michael Ashley, ed.
Date: 01 October, 2003 — $10.46 — Book
Fiction, Mystery, Historical
Mammoth books are good investments. They do their best to live up to their name, and are lasting collections of themed stories, something that seems to mostly be falling out of favor (or at least out of publication.) By creating a line that crosses genres, Mammoth has enabled the possibility of a story collection backlist, something I am very much in favor of.
They also happened to have published some stories by a friend of mine, just so you know.
This collection is, as the title suggests, set in the Roman Empire. Ashley has made the decision to set the stories in chronological order, so a student of history can follow along with realtive ease. The styles of the stories range from the plausibly historical to the 'set in history but really with modern characters' type. They range from the murder mystery to the uncovering of petty thievery, and the sleuths involved are everything from nuns to slaves to little girls. Aside from that, the only comment I can make is that they're good for whetting the appetite, and one should be on the lookout for the authors one likes.