Deep Waters by Martin Edwards

Anthologies are not something I usually read. Deep Waters has changed my mind…at least with regards to the British Library Crime Classics (I was traumatized by the Norton Anthologies in high school). This collection of short stories, the majority of which are from the Golden Age, has obviously been curated with great care. Sixteen tales written by a diverse selection of authors; each relates in some way to water, be it a pond, river, sea, or even a swimming pool. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The Golden Age is a favorite of mine and I am always looking for new books and new authors from that period. Some of these authors and stories are familiar such as Conan Doyle, R. Austin Freeman, Michael Innes, while others are more obscure like James Pattinson. As with any collection of stories I found didn’t like all of them, but I rediscovered old favorites and found several new ones. What Sherlock Holmes fan doesn’t know “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott”? But the standouts for me were previously unknown such as Queer Fish by Kem Bennet, The Turning of the Tide by C. S. Forester, and A Question of Timing by Phyllis Bentley. The introductions by Martin Edward’s, which provided background for each author, were always interesting and added to the enjoyment of reading this book.

My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the advance reader copy made available for my review.

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