Ever wonder what seminal mystery works inspired, influenced or otherwise shaped your favorite mystery novelists? This volume gives insight in to mystery writers, mystery novels, and the mystery genre itself. This is a great way to find out what other mystery writers have read and to find some new mystery titles to add to your own reading list. The essays' subjects range from Scandinavian mysteries to Irish mysteries to American mysteries to South African mysteries and the essays' authors are just as varied as the subjects. Any longtime, hardcore fan of the mystery genre will want to pick up this volume.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie