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The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits

By Mike Ashley

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What became of the convict that frightened young Pip in "Great Expectations"? Was he guilty, or framed? And what really did become of Edwin Drood? Was the case ever solved? This book presents over 25 whodunnits from the world of Dickens.

Charles Dickens created some of the most memorable characters in English literature. But just what became of the convict that frightened young Pip in Great Expectations?

Was he guilty, or framed? And what really did become of Edwin Drood? Was the case ever solved? Mike Ashley presents over 25 vivid new whodunnits from the world of Dickens - recorded for posterity by such writers as Michael Pearce, Amy Myers, Peter Tremayne, Alanna Knight, Kage Baker, and Edward D. Hoch.

Many of the stories feature one or more of Dickens's characters, as a sleuth or as the victim of crime; while others are set in Dickens's real life, with him investigating people closely associated with him, such as Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell or Hablot Browne. Interlinking the stories is a narrative that brings alive Dickens's own life and part in the early development of crime sleuthing.

The stories include: Miss Havisham's Revenge by Alanna Knight, in which we discover the part Estella Havisham played in the fate of Bentley Drummle; Murder in Murray's Court by David Stuart Davies, in which Oliver Twist has to help the Artful Dodger who has been accused of murder; The Thorn of Anxiety by Keith Miles, in which the mystery of Edwin Drood is at last solved; The Divine Nature by Kate Ellis, in which David Copperfield finds himself investigating the disappearance of Edward Murdstone; The Letter by Joan Lock, in which the skills of Inspector Bucket are once again put to the test in solving a crime that apparently never happened.

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Charles Dickens created some of the most memorable characters in English literature. But just what became of the convict that frightened young Pip in "Great Expectations"? Was he guilty, or framed? And what really did become of Edwin Drood? Was the case ever solved?Mike Ashley presents over 25 vivid new whodunnits from the world of Dickens - recorded for posterity by such writers as Michael Pearce, Amy Myers, Peter Tremayne, Alanna Knight, Kage Baker, and Edward D. Hoch.Many of the stories feature one or more of Dickens' characters, as a sleuth or as the victim of crime; while others are set in Dickens' real life, with him investigating people closely associated with him, such as Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell or Hablot Browne. Interlinking the stories is a narrative that brings alive Dickens' own life and part in the early development of crime sleuthing.

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  • ISBN: 9781780333533
  • Publication date: 01 Sep 2011
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  • Imprint: Robinson
Miss Havisham's Revenge' by Alanna Knight, in which we discover the part Estella Havisham played in the fate of Bentley Drummle 'Murder in Murray's Court' by David Stuart Davies, in which Oliver Twist has to help the Artful Dodger who has been accused of murder 'The Thorn of Anxiety' by Keith Miles, in which the mystery of Edwin Drood is at last solved 'The Divine Nature' by Kate Ellis, in which David Copperfield finds himself investigating the disappearance of Edward Murdstone 'The Letter' by Joan Lock, in which the skills of Inspector Bucket are once again put to the test in solving a crime that apparently never happened. 'Reveals the strength and ingenuity of this sub-section of the whodunnit genre... Great fun. — Good Book Guide
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The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy

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Mike Ashley
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