The Measure of Malice is a fun anthology of classic mystery short stories from the Golden Age of Mystery. Martin Edwards has produced several editions for Poisoned Pen Press harvesting stories from authors who have been lost to the passage of time. This anthology focuses on stories with an element of science.
While Edwards includes a few of the most well-known authors like Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers. His primary focus, though, is on those who have been lost to time such as Robert Eustace, L. T. Meade, and H. C. Bailey.
Some of them are very clever such as “The Cyprian Bees” by Anthony Wynne and “The Broken Toad” by H. C. Bailey. “The Case of the Chemis in the Cupboard” on the other hand irritated me with the way the detective treated the woman who worked for him. “The New Cement” by Freeman Willis Crofts is pure genius.
I love mysteries and I love short stories. When they come together, in a package like The Measure of Malice I am thrilled. I think Edwards does an excellent job of finding a good mix of the famous and the forgotten and the various kinds of mysteries. I appreciate that Edwards did not define science to narrowly. This is is not CSI: The Golden Age. This is why I always look forward to his anthologies.
I received an e-galley of The Measure of Malice from the publisher through NetGalley.