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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Most Anthologized Detective

My shelf of mystery fiction anthologies each containing a Sherlock Holmes story isn't a large one, but it could be. Surely Holmes -- among all his other distinctions -- is the most anthologized detective in fiction!

The first reason for this is the obvious one -- if you want to create a great anthology, include the greatest sleuth.

But there's another reason as well. Most anthologies are built around a theme. With 56 stories to choose from, it's not hard to find a Holmes story to fit any given theme, whether it be animals or spies. Here are some examples from my library, and which Holmes story was used:
  • English Country House Murders, edited by Thomas Godfrey -- "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange."
  • Murder Most Merry, edited by Abigail Browning -- "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
  • World's Greatest Spy Stories, edited by Vincent Starrett -- "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans."
  • Tantalizing Locked Room Mysteries, edited by Isaac Asimov, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin Harry Greenberg -- "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
  • Murder British Style, edited by Martin H. Greenberg -- "Silver Blaze."
What's your favorite anthology with a Sherlock Holmes story?

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