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Best  Mystery  Stories  Collections

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Best American Mystery Stories

Best British Mystery Stories

Best Detective Stories Series

Best Regional Detective Stories


Mystery Fiction Page One
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Books About Mystery Fiction
A Few Classic Mysteries
Selected Mystery Novels
Mysteries by Well-Known Authors
Kindle Editions

Mystery Fiction Page Two
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Mystery Story Anthologies

Mystery Fiction Page Three
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Akashic Noir Mystery Stories
Mini-Mysteries

        door of the Spade & Archer Detective Agency (central to Dashiell Hammett's 'Maltese Falcon' 1930 novel)

Joel Cairo: "You always have a very smooth explanation ready."
Sam Spade: "What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?"

Dashiell Hammett [1894-1961], in "The Maltese Falcon" [1930 novel]

Best  American  Mystery  Stories  Series
For this annual collection, series editor Otto Penzler first selects what he feels are the best 50 crime stories of the year from
the 1,000 to 1,200 possibilities, then the guest editor chooses from that group the 20 that will appear in the annual volume.

  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 1997"
Edited by Robert B. Parker & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [11/97] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [11/97] out of print/used
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 1998"
Edited by Sue Grafton & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/98] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 1999"
Edited by Ed McBain & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/99] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8.6x5¾ hardcover [10/99] for $27.50
  "The Best American Mystery Stories of The Century" [2000]
Edited by Tony Hillerman & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 9x6 pb [4/2001] for $11.20
Houghton Mifflin 9¼x6.4 hardcover [4/2000] for $19.60
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2000"
Edited by Donald E. Westlake

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2000] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8¾x6.4 hardcover [10/2000] for $27.50
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2001"
Edited by Lawrence Block & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x6½ pb [10/2001] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8¾x6¼ hardcover [10/2001] for $19.25
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2002"
Edited by James Ellroy & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2002] for $10.40
Houghton Mifflin 8.4x5¾ hardcover [10/2002] for $19.25
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2003"
Edited by Michael Connelly & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2003] for $11.05
Orion Publng 9x6 pb [10/2004] out of print/used
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [10/2003] for $27.50
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2004"
Edited by Nelson DeMille & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2004] for $24.95
Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5¾ hardcover [10/2004] out of print/used
20 stories by Jeffrey Robert Bowman, William J. Carroll Jr., Christopher Coake, Stephen King, Dick Lochte, Richard Lupoff {"The Incident of The Impecunious Chevalier" which features a young Sherlock Holmes calling on Edgar Allan Poe's detective C. Auguste Dupin for help in tracking down a certain legendary jeweled black bird), Joyce Carol Oates, and others

  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2005"
Edited by Joyce Carol Oates & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2005] for $11.20
Houghton Mifflin 8½x7 hardcover [10/2005] for $25.75
stories by Richard Burgin, Louise Erdrich, Daniel Handler, George V. Higgins, Edward P. Jones, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, David Means, Scott Turow, Scott Wolven, and others
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2006"
Edited by Scott Turow & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5½ pb [10/2006] for $14.00
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [10/2006] for $22.27
21 stories by C.J. Box, James Lee Burke, Jeffery Deaver, Jane Haddam, Alan Heathcock, Wendy Hornsby, Andrew Klavan, Elmore Leonard, Laura Lippman, Mike MacLean, Ed McBain, Walter Mosley, Jeff Somers, and others
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2007"
Edited by Carl Hiaasen & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin 8x5½ pb [10/2007] for $29.95
Houghton Mifflin 8¼x5¾ hardcover [10/2007] out of print/many used
20 stories by Chris Adrian, Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Ridley Pearson, Joyce Carol Oates, Brent Spencer, Scott Wolven, and others
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2008"
Edited by George Pelecanos & Otto Penzler

Houghton Mifflin pb [10/2008] for $25.95
Houghton Mifflin hardcover [10/2008] for $22.27
20 stories by James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Holly Goddard Jones,
Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Strout, and others
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2009"
Edited by Jeffery Deaver & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8x5½ pb [10/2009] for $14.00
20 stories by Tom Bissell, James Lee Burke, Ron Carlson, Michael Connelly, Robert McClure, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Nick Pizzolatto, Randy Rohn, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2010"
Edited by Lee Child & Otto Penzler

Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [9/2010] for $5.12
20 stories by Gary Alexander, R.A. Allen, Doug Alleyn, Mary Stewart Atwell, Matt Bell, Jay Brandon, Phyllis Cohen, John Dufresne, Lyndsay Faye, Gar Anthony Haywood, Jon Land, Dennis Lehane, Lynda Leidiger, Phillip Margolin, Chris Muessig, Albert Tucher, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Joseph Wallace, Mike Wiecek, and Ryan Zimmerman

  "The Best American Noir of The Century" [39 stories 2010] Edited by James Ellroy & Otto Penzler
Authors include Charles Beaumont, Lawrence Block, Gil Brewer, James Lee Burke ("Texas City, 1947"), James M. Cain ("Pastorale"), Lorenzo Carcaterra, Christopher Coake, Thomas H. Cook, James Crumley ("Hot Springs"), Jeffery Deaver, Harlan Ellison, editor Ellroy ("Since I Don't Have You"), Ed Gorman, Stephen Greenleaf, Patricia Highsmith ("Slowly, Slowly In The Wind"), Dorothy B. Hughes, Evan Hunter ("The Last Spin"), MacKinlay Kantor ("Gun Crazy"), Dennis Lehane, Elmore Leonard ("When The Women Come Out To Dance"), David Morrell, Joyce Carol Oates ("Faithless"), Mickey Spillane ("The Lady Says Die!"), Jim Thompson ("Forever After"), F.X. Toole, Cornell Woolrich ("For the Rest of Her Life"), and others
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2011] for $9.99
Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2011] for $12.33
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x6 hardcover [10/2010] for $30.00

  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2011" Edited by Harlan Coben
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2011] for $9.66
Mariner Books 8x5½ pb [10/2011] for $10.17
20 short stories from 'old pros' as well as new authors: Brock Adams, Eric Barnes, Lawrence Block, Max Collins & Mickey Spillane, David Corbett & Luis Alberto Urrea, Brendan DuBois, Loren D. Estleman, Beth Ann Fennelly & Tom Franklin, Ernest J. Finney, Ed Gorman, James Grady, Chris F. Holm, Harry Hunsicker, Richard Lange, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles McCarry, Dennis McFadden, Christopher Merkner, Andrew Riconda, and S.J. Rozan
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2012" Edited by Robert Crais
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2012] for $6.99
Mariner Books 8x5½ pb [10/2012] for $10.17
20 short stories from 'old pros' as well as new authors: Tom Andes, Peter S. Beagle, K.L. Cook, Jason DeYoung, Joe Donnelly & Harry Shannon, Kathleen Ford, Mary Gaitskill, Jesse Goolsby, Katherine L. Hester, Lou Manfredo, Thomas McGuane, Nathan Oates, Gina Paoli, T. Jefferson Parker, Thomas J. Rice, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Lones Seiber, Charles Todd, Tim L. Williams, and Daniel Woodrell
  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2013" Edited by Lisa Scottoline
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2013] for $8.52
Mariner Books 8¼x5¼ pb [10/2013] for $11.49
20 short stories from Tom Barlow, Michael Connelly, O’Neil De Noux, Eileen Dreyer, David Edgerley Gates, Clark Howard, Andre Kocsis, Kevin Leahy, Nick Mamatas, Emily St. John Mandel, Dennis McFadden, Micah Nathan, Joyce Carol Oates, Nancy Pickard, Bill Pronzini, Randall Silvis, Patricia Smith, Ben Stroud, Hannah Tinti, and Maurine Dallas Watkins

  "Best of The Best American Mystery Stories: The First Ten Years, 1997-2006" for Kindle [2014]
Selected & Introduced by Otto Penzler

Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [4/2014] for $9.99
20 short stories from authors Russell Banks, John Biguenet, Christopher Coake, James Crumley ("Hot Springs" 1996), Jeffery Deaver, Brendan DuBois, Louise Erdrich, Tom Franklin, William Gay, Andrew Klavan, Dennis Kahane ("Running Out of Dog" 1999), Elmore Leonard ("Karen Makes Out" 1996), Ed McBain ("Improvisation" 2005), Tim McLoughlin, Michael Malone, Lou Manfredo, Joyce Carol Oates ("Faithless" 1997), Hannah Tinti, F.X. Toole, and Scott Turow ("Loyalty" 2004)

  "The Best American Mystery Stories of The Nineteenth Century" [2014]
Selected & Introduced by Otto Penzler

Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2014] for $14.99
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x6 hardcover [7/2014] for $17.23
34 short stories spanning the years 1824 to 1899, from authors Louisa May Alcott (as A.M. Barnard "A Double Tragedy: An Actor's Story"); Thomas Bailey Aldrich ("The Danseuse"); L. Frank Baum ("The Suicide of Kiaros"); Edward Bellamy ("At Pinney's Ranch"); Ambrose Bierce ("My Favorite Murder"); Nicholas Carter ("The Detective's Pretty Neighbor"); Robert W. Chambers ("The Purple Emperor"); Charles W. Chesnutt ("The Sheriff's Children"); Stephen Crane ("The Blue Hotel"); Richard Harding Davis ("Gallegher"); Ellen Glasgow ("A Point In Morals"); Anna Katharine Green ("The Doctor, His Wife, and The Clock"); Nathaniel Hawthorne ("Mr. Higgenbotham’s Catastrophe"); William M. Hinkley ("A Very Strange Case"); Washing-ton Irving ("The Story of The Young Robber"); William Leggett ("The Rifle"); Abraham Lincoln ("Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder” a true crime account first published in 1846); Jack London ("A Thousand Deaths"); Cleveland Moffett ("The Mysterious Card" and "The Mysterious Card Unveiled"); William Norr ("Round The Opium Lamp"); Rodrigues Ottolengui ("The Nameless Man" and "The Montezuma Emerald"); Allan Pinkerton ("The Two Sisters"); Edgar Allan Poe ("The Murders In The Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter"; Percival Pollard ("Lingo Dan"); Melville Davidson Post ("The Corpus Delicti"); Frank Stockton ("The Lady or The Tiger". and "The Discourager of Hesitancy"); Mark Twain ("Tom Sawyer, Detective" and "A Thumb-Print and What Came of It"); Daniel Webster ("The Fatal Secret"); Edith Wharton "A Cold Cup of Water"; and Mary E. Wilkins ("The Long Arm")

  "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2014" Edited by Laura Lippman
Kindle Edition from Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2014] for $9.99
Mariner Books 8¼x5½ pb [10/2014] for $12.99
20 short stories from Megan Abbott, Daniel Alarcon, Jim Allyn, Jodi Angel, Russell Banks, James Lee Burke, Patricia Engel, Ernest Finney, Roxanne Gay, Michelle Butler Hallett, Charlaine Harris, Joseph Heller, David H. Ingram, Ed Kurtz, Matthew Neil Null, Annie Proulx, Scott Loring Sanders, Nancy Pauline Simpson, Dennis Tafoya, and Laura Van Den Berg
   "The Best American Mystery Stories, 2015" Edited by James Patterson
Kindle Edition from Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [10/2015] for $9.99
Mariner Books pb [10/2015] for $0.00
20 short stories from authors Doug Allym, Andrew D. Bourelle, Tomiko M. Breland, Lee Child, Joseph D'Agnese, Jeffery Deaver, Brendan DuBois, John M. Floyd, Scott Grand, Stebven Heighton, Janette Turner Hospital, Richard Lange, Dennis Lehane & Michael Connelly, Theresa E. Lehr, Lee Martin, James Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Kyle Minor, Joyce Carol Oates, and Eric Rutter

Best  British  Mystery  Stories  Series

see also BlackHat Mystery Bookstore's 'A Pocketful of Brits' Pages

  "The Best British Mysteries, 2004"
includes 25 stories by authors Simon Brett, Martina Cole, John Harvey, Peter Lovesey, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and others
Allison & Busby 7½x5 pb [4/2005] for $9.95
Allison & Busby 9¼x6½ hardcover [11/2003] for $25.95
  "The Best British Mysteries, 2005"
includes 28 stories from authors Mark Billingham, Colin Dexter, Reginald Hill, Lindsey Davis, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and others
Allison & Busby 7½x5¼ pb [11/2005] for $9.95
Allison & Busby 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/2005] for $17.13
  "The Best British Mysteries, 2006"
includes stories by authors Jake Arnott, Mark Billingham, Barbara Cleverly, Colin Dexter, John Harvey, Val McDermid, John Mortimer, and others
Allison & Busby mass pb [9/2006] for $9.95
Allison & Busby 9x6 pb [12/2005] for $9.56
Allison & Busby 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/2005] for $17.13
  "The Best British Mysteries: Volume IV" [2007]
includes 30 stories by authors Lee Child, Robert Goddard, John Harvey, Alexander McCall Smith, and others
Allison & Busby 7½x5 pb [7/2007] for $16.16
Allison & Busby 9¼x6 hardcover [1/2007] for $17.13
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 5" [2008]
includes 35 short stories by authors Jake Arnott, Mark Billingham, Lee Child, Len Deighton, Colin Dexter, John Harvey, Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, and others.
Kindle Edition from Robinson [9/2011] for $4.79
Running Press 7½x5 pb [4/2008] for $13.95
Constable & Robinson Publng 7¾x5 pb [4/2008] out of print/used
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 6" [2009]
includes 35 short stories by Jake Arnott, Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Colin Dexter, Val McDermid, Donna Moore, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, and others.
Running Press 7½x5 pb [5/2009] for $11.16
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 7" [2010]
includes 35 short stories by Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, John Mortimer, Colin Dexter, many others
Running Press 7¾x5½ pb [7/2010] for $11.86
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 8" [2011]
includes 35 short stories from Colin Bateman, Christopher Brookmyre, Colin Dexter, Christopher Fowler, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Stuart McBride, Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew Taylor, and others
Running Press pb [7/2011] for $11.86
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 9" [2012]
includes 'over 30' short stories from Mark Billingham, Ann Cleves, David Hewson, Peter James, Val McDermid, Zoe Sharp, and others
Running Press 7¾x5 pb [5/2012] for $13.95

  "Mammoth Books presents The Best British Crime Omnibus: Volumes 7, 8, and 9" for Kindle [2012]
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski

Kindle Edition from C&R Crime/Hachette [8/2012] for $7.99
122 selected short mystery stories (more than the sum of volumes 7 & 8 & 9!) in over 1,500 pages; authors include Lin Anderson, Kate Atkinson, Ian Ayris, Ray Banks, Robert Barnard, Colin Bateman, Mark Billingham, Nigel Bird, Tony Black, Stephen Booth, Paul D. Brazill, Simon Brett, Gerard Brennan, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Col Bury, Tom Cain, Ann Cleeves, Liza Cody, Natasha Cooper, Bernie Crosthwaite, Judith Cutler, Colin Dexter, Martin Edwards, Matthew J. Elliott, Kate Ellis, R.J. Ellory, Chris Ewan, Christopher Fowler, Simon R. Green, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Mick Herron, David Hewson, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Kate Horsley, Peter James, Paul Johnston, L. Kennedy, Simon Kernick, Bill Kirton, John Lawton, Simon Levack, Michael Z. Lewin, Toby Litt, Peter Lovesey, Phil Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Adrian Magson, Barry Maitland, Alexander McCall Smith, Keith McCarthy, Val McDermid, Brian McGilloway, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby, Edward Marston, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Stuart Neville, Christine Poulson, Nick Quantrill, Sheila Quigley, Ian Rankin, Sarah Rayne, Peter Robinson, Nicholas Royle, Zoë Sharp, Roz Southey, Sally Spedding, Jay Stringer, Andrew Taylor, Marilyn Todd, Peter Turnbull, L.C. Tyler, Louise Welsh, Marc Werner, Kevin Wignall — and many others
  
"The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 10" [2013]
includes 42 short stories from Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Neil Gaiman, John Harvey, Paul Johnston, and many more
Kindle Edition from C&R Crime/Hachette [2/2013] for $5.99
Running Press 7¾x5¼ pb [5/2013] for $10.12
  "The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 11" [2014]
includes 'over 40' short stories from Nina Allan, Ros Asquith, Paul D. Brazill, Gerard Brennan, Alison Bruce, Col Bury, Roger Busby, Will Carver, Jane Casey, Paul Charles, Lee Child, N.J. Cooper, David Stuart Davies, Martin Edwards, Susan Everett, Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Peter Guttridge, David Hewson, Mary Hoffman, Rhys Hughes, editor Jakubowski, Paul Johnston, Simon Kernick, John Lawton, Michael Z. Lewin, Howard Linskey, Peter Lovesey, Edward Marston, Val McDermid, Dreda Say Mitchell, Amy Myers, Kate Rhodes, Zoë Sharp, Christopher J. Simmons, Alexander McCall Smith, Jay Stringer, Peter Tremayne, Peter Turnbull, Kevin Wignall, and Tim Willocks
Kindle Edition from C&R Crime/Hachette [6/2014] for $6.99
Constable & Robinson 7¾x5¼ pb [10/2015] for $12.64


Best  Detective  Stories  Series

"The World's Best One Hundred Detective Stories" [1929] Edited by Eugene Thwing
Best One Hundred Detective Stories in ten volumes  authors include George Barton, Octavus Roy Cohen, Karl W. Detzer, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alexandre Dumas ("D'Artagnan and The Duel"), George Allan England, Thomas W. Hanshew, Herbert George Jenkins, Harvey O'Higgins, Baroness Orczy, Grant Martin Overton, Melville Davisson Post, Sax Rohmer (racist tale "The Pigtail of Hi Wing Ho"), and R.T.M. Scott
Complete set: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover set [1929] 10 volumes - out of print/used
Complete set: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover set [1929] 10 volumes - out of print/used
Complete set: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover set [1929] 10 volumes - out of print/used
Volume 1: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 2: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 3: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 3: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 4: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 5: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 5: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 6: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 6: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 7: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 8: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 8: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 9: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 9: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used
Volume 10: Funk & Wagnall's 6x4 hardcover [1929] out of print/used


                                            

"The Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1928" [1929] by Ronald Arbuthnott Knox
https://www.amazon.com/best-detective-stories-year-1928/dp/B00089XRTY/

"The Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1929" [1930]
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1929/dp/B007G2UHA8/

"The New Crime Club Golden Book of Best Detective Stories" [1931]
by John W. Vandercock; T. S. Stribling; H. C. Bailey; Arthur A. Carey; Arthur Fowl (Author)
https://www.amazon.com/CRIME-CLUB-GOLDEN-DETECTIVE-STORIES/dp/B00MQFDHFC/

"The New Mammoth Golden Book of Best Detective Stories" [1933] by A.L. Burt Publng
by Rufus King; Edgar Wallace; Anthony Berkeley
https://www.amazon.com/Mammoth-Detective-Stories-Poisoned-Chocolates/dp/B00MFVLAJM/

"The New Crime Club Golden Book of Best Detective Stories" [1934]
by Vandercook, John W.; Stribling, T.S.; Bailey, H.C.; Carey, Arthur A.; Neil, Arthur Fowler; Mason, Van Wyck
https://www.amazon.com/Crime-Club-Golden-Detective-Stories/dp/B0079HONUA/

"The New Mammoth Golden Book of Best Detective Stories" [1934] by A.L. Burt Publng
https://www.amazon.com/Mammoth-Golden-Book-Detective-Stories/dp/B000LLYG80/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year" [1946] Edited by David C Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-David-Cooke/dp/B001B1M0KU/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year/dp/B005Z3FZXO/

1947

"Best Detective Stories, First Series [1948] by Father Ronald Knox
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-First-Father-Ronald/dp/B005MGJ4O0/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1948" [1948] Edited by David C Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1948/dp/B000GW0H3C/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1949" [1949]
by Agatha Christie and G. K. Chesterton and Marten Cumberland
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Christie-Chesterton-Cumberland/dp/B000J58B3E/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1949/dp/B000ZG4C6M/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1950" [1950] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-1950-David-edited/dp/B000GLY5SQ/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1951" [1951] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1951/dp/B000ME3CPE/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1952" [1952] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1952/dp/B000LZX8ZI/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1953" [1953] Edited by David C. Cooke
stories by James Yaffe, Harry Muheim, Anthony Armstrong, Stuart Palmer, Mignon G. Eberhart, Eleazer Lipsky, John D. MacDonald, Richard Deming ETC
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-1953-David-edited/dp/B0010VH1CI/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1954" [1954] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-1954-David-edited/dp/B000GLSN7U/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1955 - 10th Aniversary Edition" [1955] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/BEST-DETECTIVE-STORIES-YEAR-ANNIVERSARY/dp/B00JG7GO2G/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1956" [1956] Edited by David C. Cooke
William Fry, Craig Rice, Evan Hunter, John D. Meyer; William Holden Etc .
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1956/dp/B0027H5I3S/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1956/dp/B002F8D0RA/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 12th Annual Collection" [1957] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/DETECTIVE-STORIES-YEAR-ANNUAL-COLLECTION/dp/B003EV54EY/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 13th Annual Collection" [1958] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-13-Annual-Collection/dp/B000LZTHC6/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Annual-Collection/dp/B000GVS8GQ/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1959" [1959] Edited by Edmund Crispin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Edmund-Crispin/dp/0571061125/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories/dp/B002MGL2N4/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B000WSNDHW/

"Best of The Best Detective Stories: Fifteen Years of Prize Stories" [1960] Edited by David C. Cooke
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-David-edited-COOKE/dp/B000ND3WJA/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 16th Annual Collection" DELL #0541 [1961] Brett Halliday
https://www.amazon.com/BEST-DETECTIVE-STORIES-YEAR-COLLECTION/dp/B001BBW9IS/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B000XXXTES/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Annual/dp/B00126EG4M/

Best Detective Stories 2 anthology edited by Edmund Crispin  "Best Detective Stories" [1961] Edited by Edmund Crispin
Faber & Faber, UK pb [1961] out of print/used
Faber & Faber, UK hardcover [1969] out of print/used
"Best Detective Stories 2" [1964]
Edited & With Introduction by Edmund Crispin

Faber & Faber, UK hardcover [1964] out of print/used

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 17th Annual Collection" [1962] Edited by Brett Halliday
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Annual-Collection/dp/B000BWDTUU/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 18th Annual Collection" [1963] Edited by Anthony Boucher
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Annual-Collection/dp/B004E81G20/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 19th Annual Collection" [1964] Edited by Anthony Boucher
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B0010VD7WQ/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1964/dp/B00BBN9L50/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1965" [1965]
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year/dp/B000IHEXR6/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B000DEMPCE/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1966" [1966] Edited by Anthony Boucher
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Anthony-Boucher/dp/B000GM0DAY/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 22nd Annual Collection" [1967] Edited by Anthony Boucher
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B00115M8BC/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 23rd Annual Collection" [1968] Edited by Anthony Boucher
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Annual-Collection/dp/B000ND7VDI/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1969" [1969] Edited by Edmund Crispin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Crispin-Edmund/dp/B01E3GYOVM/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1970" [1970] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detectives-Stories-Allen-Hubin/dp/052506429X/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1971: 25th Annual Collection" [1971] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Annual-Collection/dp/0525064303/

"Best of The Best Detective Stories: 25th Anniversary Collection" [1971] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-best-detective-stories-anniversary/dp/0525064508/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1972" [1972] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1972/dp/B000DILJOU/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 27th Annual Collection, 1973" [1973] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-1973-Allen-Editor/dp/052506432X/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1974" [1974] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1974/dp/0525064338/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1975" [1975] Edited by Allen J. Hubin
https://www.amazon.com/Detective-Stories-Year-1975-Allen-Hubin/dp/B000SUCN5W/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1975/dp/0525064346/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1976" [7/1976] Edited by Edward Hoch
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1976/dp/0525064354/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1977" [7/1977] Edited by Edward Hoch
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1977/dp/0525064362/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1978" [7/1978] Edited by Edward Hoch
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1978/dp/0525064370/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Edward-1978-07-03/dp/B01FGIQ47I/
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Edward-1978-07-01/dp/B01K13D60G/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 33rd Annual Collection, 1979" [1979]
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B000IOQ4QC/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 34th Annual Collection, 1980"
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-1980/dp/B001VUUI5A/ SOLD OUT

"Best Detective Stories of The Year: 35th Annual Collection, 1981"
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-Year-Collection/dp/B000LC1Q9G/

"Best Detective Stories of The Year, 1981 - volume 2" [6/1985] Edited by Edward Hoch
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Detective-Stories-1981-Suspense/dp/0525064400/


World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories #1  "The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: First Annual Collection"
[41 stories 2000] Edited by Ed Gorman

Kindle Edition from Macmillan [2000 edition] for $10.99
Forge Books 9¼x6 pb [9/2000] for $15.63
Forge Books 9½x6¼ hardcover [9/2000] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [12/2000] for $72.00
BooksOnTape UNABR CDROM [12/2000] out of prodn/used

World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories #2  "The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: Second Annual Collection"
[41 stories 2001] Edited by Ed Gorman

Kindle Edition from Macmillan [2001 edition] for $7.99
Forge Books 9x6 pb [10/2001] out of print/many used
Forge Books 9¾x6¾ hardcover [10/2001] out of print/used
BooksOnTape audio [1/2001] for $72.00
BooksOnTape CD-ROM [1/2001] out of prodn/used
World's Finest #3  "The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: Third Annual Collection"
[39 stories 2002] Edited by Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg

Kindle Edition from Macmillan [2002 edition] for $13.49
Forge Books 9x6¼ pb [10/2002] for $21.27
Forge Books 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
World's Finest #4  "The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: Fourth Annual Collection"
[42 stories 2003] Edited by Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg

Kindle Edition from Macmillan [2003 edition] for $7.99
Forge Books 9¼x6 pb [8/2003] out of print/used
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World's Finest #5  "The World's Finest Mystery & Crime Stories: Fifth Annual Collection"
[32 stories 2004] Edited by Ed Gorman & Martin H. Greenberg

Kindle Edition from Macmillan [2004 edition] for $7.99
Forge Books 9x6 pb [10/2004] out of print/used

Best Regional Detective Stories
Southwest USA & Native American Mysteries

Greatest Russian Crime Stories anthology edited by Otto Penzler  "The Greatest Russian Stories of Crime and Suspense" [19 stories 2010]
Edited by Otto Penzler

19 stories in English from Russian authors Boris Akunin, Ivan Bunin, Anton Checkov (4), Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol (2), Maxim Gorky, Vil Lipatov, Nikolai Lyeskov, Vladimir Nabakov, P. Nikitin, Alexander Pushkin, Lev Sheinen, Boris Sokoloff, and Leo Tolstoy (2)
Kindle Edition from Pegasus Books [6/2012] for $1.34 {sic}
Pegasus Books 8¼x5½ pb [7/2012] for $1.34 {sic}
Pegasus Books 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/2010] for $19.00


'Canuck Noir' Trilogy
Anthologies edited by Kerry Schooley & Peter Sellers

Iced Canadian noir anthology edited by Kerry J. Schooley & Peter Sellers  "Iced: The New Noir Anthology of Cold, Hard Fiction" [2002]
sixteen stories from Canadian authors including Crad Kilodney,
Eliza Moorhouse, James Powell, and editor Sellers

Insomniac Press 9x6 pb [5/2002] out of print/50+ used
Hard-Boiled Love Canadian noir anthology edited by Kerry J. Schooley & Peter Sellers  "Hard Boiled Love: An Anthology of Noir Love" [2003]
twelve stories from Canadian authors
Insomniac Press 9¼x6¼ pb [10/2003] out of print/40+ used
Revenge Canadian noir anthology edited by Kerry J. Schooley & Peter Sellers  "Revenge: A Noir Anthology About Getting Even" [2005]
twelve stories from Canadian authors William Bankier, Jean Rae Baxter,
Barbara Fradkin, Hugh Garner, Nancy Kilpatrick, Fab Napoleone,
Jas. R. Petrin, James Powell, Vern Smith, Leslie Watts, and two more

Insomniac Press 9x5½ pb [8/2005] for $15.26


Best New England Crime Stories Series

first Best New England Crime Stories anthology edited by Skye Alexander, Kate Flora & Susan Oleksiw   "Undertow: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2003 = #1]
11 short mystery stories by editor Skye Alexander, Sharon Daynard, Clayton Emery, Hallie Ephron, editor Kate Flora, Judith Andrews Green, Stephen P. Kelner Jr., Toni L.P. Kelner, Ruth McCarty, editor Susan Oleksiw, and Lila Waltch
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2003] out of print/used
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2003] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2004 anthology edited by Skye Alexander, Kate Flora & Susan Oleksiw   "Riptide: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2004 = #2]
18 short mystery stories by editor Skye Alexander, Elizabeth Armstrong, Catherine Cairns, Kevin Carey, S.A. Daynard, Clayton Emery, editor Kate Flora, Judith Green, Roberta Isleib, Toni L.P. Kelner, Janice Law, Edith Maxwell, Ruth McCarty, Michael Milliken, editor Susan Oleksiw, Carol Perry, Barbara Ross, and Kathleen Valentine
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2004] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2005 anthology edited by Skye Alexander, Kate Flora & Susan Oleksiw   "Windchill: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2005 = #3]
22 short mystery stories by editor Skye Alexander, John R. Clark, David Compton, Sharon Daynard, Brendan DuBois, editor Kate Flora, Judith Green, Woody Hanstein, Scott Hill, Ruth McCarty, editor Susan Oleksiw, Nita Penfold, Margaret Press, Stephen D. Rogers, John Russo, J.E. Seymour, Kathleen Valentine, Maureen Walsh, Leslie Wheeler, Mark S. Williams, Leslie Woods, and Nancy Means Wright
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2005] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2006 anthology edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty & Susan Oleksiw   "Seasmoke: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2006 = #4]
23 short mystery stories by authors Norma Burrows, Catherine Cairns, John Clark, Frank Cook, Sharon Daynard, editor Kate Flora, Judith Green, Janet Halpin, Woody Hanstein, Marilis Hornidge, Roberta Isleib, editor Ruth M. McCarty, Paula Mello, editor Susan Oleksiw, Carol Perry, Stephen D. Rodgers, Barbara Ross, John Russo, Jim Shannon, Mary E. Stibal, John Urban, Kathleen Valentine, and Leslie Wheeler
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2006] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2007 anthology edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty & Susan Oleksiw  "Still Waters: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2007 = #5]
23 short mystery stories by authors Mark Ammons, Glenda Baker, Kevin Carey, Louy Castonguay, S.A. Daynard, editor Kate Flora, Judith Green, Woody Hanstein, Rosemary Harris, Stephen Liskow, Leslie S. Lambino, editor Ruth M. McCarty, editor Susan Oleksiw, Angelo Pampano, Margaret Press, Pat Remick, Stephen D. Rodgers, James T. Shannon, Janice Law Trecker, Maureen A. Walsh, Leslie Wheeler, Mike Wiecek, and Leslie Woods
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2007] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2008 anthology edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty & Susan Oleksiw   "Deadfall: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2008 = #6]
26 short mystery stories by authors Stephen Allan, Norma Burrows, Kathleen Chencharik, John Clark, C.M. Falcone, Kat Fast, editor Kate Flora, Judith Green, Woody Hanstein, Vaughn Hardacker, Janice Law, Steve Liskow, editor Ruth M. McCarty, Libby Mussman, editor Susan Oleksiw, A.J. Pompano, Margaret Press, Pat Remick, Joe Ricker, Stephen D. Rodgers, J.E. Seymour, Clea Simon, John Urban, Mo Walsh, Leslie Wheeler, and Mike Wiecek
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2008] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2009 anthology edited by Kate Flora, Ruth McCarty & Susan Oleksiw   "Quarry: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2009 = #7]
21 short mystery stories by authors Glenda Baker, Norma Burrows, John Clark, Nancy Brewka Clark, Frank Cook, Judy Copek, editor Kate Flora, Nancy Gardner, Judith Green, Woody Hanstein, Steve Liskow, editor Ruth McCarty, Alan D. McWhirter, editor Susan Oleksiw, Vincent O’Neil, Stephen D. Rogers, Hank Phillippi Ryan, J.E. Seymour, Joseph Souza, Mike Wiecek, and Nancy Means Wright
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2009] out of print/used
Best New England Crime Stories 2010 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Kat Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Thin Ice: Crime Stories By New England Writers" anthology [2010 = #8]
25 short mystery stories by authors including editor Mark Ammons, Ray Daniel, editor Kat Fast, Michael Nethercott, editor Barbara Ross ("Key West", which won an Al Blanchard Honorable Mention in 2010), Bev Vincent ("The Bank Job", which won the 2010 Al Blanchard Award), Mo Walsh ("Double Take", which won an Al Blanchard Honorable Mention in 2009), and editor Leslie Wheeler
Kindle Edition from Level Best Books [4/2011] for $2.99 {sic}
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2010] out of print/many used
Best New England Crime Stories 2011 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Best New England Crime Stories: Dead Calm" anthology [2011 = #9]
27 short mystery stories by authors including editor Mark Ammons, John Bubar, editor Katherine Fast, C.A. Johmann, Daniel Moses Luft, Ruth M. McCarty, Michael Nethercott, Adam Renn Olenn, Pat Remick, Lee Robertson ("Prom Shoe On Nantasket Beach", which won the 2011 Al Blanchard Award), editor Barbara Ross, and editor Leslie Wheeler
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Best New England Crime Stories 2012 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Best New England Crime Stories: Blood Moon" anthology [2012 = #10]
31 short mystery stories by authors including editor Mark Ammons, V.R. Barkowski ("Out To Sea", which won the 2012 Al Blanchard Award), Sheila Connolly, editor Katherine Fast, Peggy McFarland, editor Barbara Ross, Mo Walsh, and editor Leslie Wheeler
Kindle Edition from Level Best Books [11/2012] for $2.99 {sic}
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Best New England Crime Stories 2013 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Best New England Crime Stories: Stone Cold" anthology [2013 = #11]
28 short mystery stories by authors including editor Mark Ammons, John Bubar (“Myrna!", which won the 2013 Al Blanchard Award), Jennifer Dupree, editor Katherine Fast, Edith Maxwell, Margaret Press, Adam Purple, editor Barbara Ross, and editor Leslie Wheeler
Kindle Edition from Level Best Books [11/2013] for $2.99 {sic}
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Best New England Crime Stories 2014 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Best New England Crime Stories: Rogue Wave" anthology [2014 = #12]
29 short mystery stories by authors including Gregory William Allen, editor Mark Ammons, V.R. Barkowski, Kate Carito, Louisa Clerici, Hans Copek, Ray Daniel, Vicki Doudera, Gerald Elias, Kathy Lynn Emerson, Christine Eskilson, editor Katherine Fast, Judith Green, Maurissa Guibord, Douglas D. Hall, Janet Halpin, Vy Kava, Gavin Keenan, Ruth M. McCarty, Michael Nethercott (“Lamplighter By The Sea", which won the 2014 Al Blanchard Award), Pamela A. Oberg, Dale T. Phillips, Stephen D. Rogers, James T. Shannon, Mary E. Stibal, Anne-Marie Sutton, Tom Sweeney, editor Leslie Wheeler, and Karla M. Whitney (none by editor Barbara Ross)
Kindle Edition from Level Best Books [11/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
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Best New England Crime Stories 2015 anthology edited by Mark Ammons, Katherine Fast, Barbara Ross & Leslie Wheeler  "Best New England Crime Stories: Red Dawn" anthology [2015 = #13]
33 short mystery stories by editor Mark Ammons, Gary Braver, John Bubar (“Tell The Others", which won the 2015 Al Blanchard Award), Lucy Burdette, Dorothy Cannell, Shelly Dickson Carr, Louisa Clerici, Bruce Robert Coffin, Deborah Dolby, Stef Donati, Gerald Elias, Sanford Emerson, Christine Eskilson, editor Katherine Fast, Kate Flora, Rae Padilla Francoeur, Angela Gerst, Judith Green, Vy Kava, Chris Knopf, Gin Mackey, Cheryl Marceau, Ruth M. McCarty, Peggy McFarland, Alan D. McWhirter, Susan Oleksiw, Dale T. Phillips, A.J. Pompano, Margaret Press, editor Barbara Ross, Alan Vogel, Annelisa Johnson Wagner, and editor Leslie Wheeler
Kindle Edition from Level Best Books [11/2015] for $2.99 {sic}
Level Best Books 8½x5½ pb [11/2015] for $15.95


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