Murder Most Irish. Edited by Ed Gorman, Larry Segriff and Martin H. Greenberg. Hardback. 1st Edition. Mercier Press, 1996.


Murder by any other name is still murder, unless it has an Irish flavor. Then `tis Murder Most IRISH, a bold anthology of short stories... of Irish crime and detective fiction. A favorite Irish song begins: "When Irish eyes are smiling, sure t'is like a morn in spring." For many, Ireland is still most closely associated with the movies of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald, the warblings of John McCormack and Carmel Quinn, and a host of other sentimental images--from St. Patrick's Day parades to bawdy limericks and buoyant blessings and ballads. But there are two sides to the Irish soul: the light and the dark. And the dark side takes no truer or more brilliant form than in these 17 deft stories from Irish literature. A mix of classic and modern works.


Hemlock at vespers / Peter Tremayne --
A gift of friendship / Morris Hershman --
A study in white / Nicholas Blake --
Blood is thicker / Ann C. Fallon --
East wind / Freeman Wills Crofts --
The tinker's revenge / D.M. O'Reilly --
Jerry Grogan and the Kilkenny cats --
Jon L. Breen --
The goodly race / Robert J. Randisi --
Jeremiah's lily / Mary Ryan --
A stone of the heart / John Brady --
The Rose of Tralee / Bill Crider --
The hanging of Myles Joyce / James Joyce --
Murder at Cobbler's Hulk / Sean O'Faolain --
Soft day / Wendi Lee --
All in the way you look at it / Edmund Crispin --
A couple of acres and a few wee beasts / Michael Jahn --
The Dublin eye / Clark Howard.


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