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The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense features 16 stories that have collectively won an Edgar Award, two Anthony Awards (one as editor), four Agatha Awards, three Macavity Awards, and three Derringer Awards. From his first story for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1995 to his latest for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine-- the title story, 2 The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense features 16 stories that have collectively won an Edgar Award, two Anthony Awards (one as editor), four Agatha Awards, three Macavity Awards, and three Derringer Awards. From his first story for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1995 to his latest for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine-- the title story, 25 years in the making--this collection charts the development of Art Taylor's career so far... and turns the page toward more stories still ahead.


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The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense features 16 stories that have collectively won an Edgar Award, two Anthony Awards (one as editor), four Agatha Awards, three Macavity Awards, and three Derringer Awards. From his first story for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1995 to his latest for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine-- the title story, 2 The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense features 16 stories that have collectively won an Edgar Award, two Anthony Awards (one as editor), four Agatha Awards, three Macavity Awards, and three Derringer Awards. From his first story for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in 1995 to his latest for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine-- the title story, 25 years in the making--this collection charts the development of Art Taylor's career so far... and turns the page toward more stories still ahead.

42 review for The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74 and Other Tales of Suspense

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mark Stevens

    If your first published short story appears in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, you probably know what you’re doing. And if that story has the audacious title of “Murder on the Orient Express” (and directly pays homage to the classic Agatha Christie novel in question), even more so. That story, first published in 1995, is among 16 included in Art Taylor’s recently published collection, The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74. This variety pack showcases Taylor’s nimble imagination, his fine sense o If your first published short story appears in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, you probably know what you’re doing. And if that story has the audacious title of “Murder on the Orient Express” (and directly pays homage to the classic Agatha Christie novel in question), even more so. That story, first published in 1995, is among 16 included in Art Taylor’s recently published collection, The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74. This variety pack showcases Taylor’s nimble imagination, his fine sense of humor, and his ability to pull off both high-concept stories and gritty, noirish tales. It’s the latter style that’s deployed in “Rearview Mirror,” one of the best stories in the bunch and the only one set near the Four Corners. “Rearview Mirror” begins in Taos before hitting the road. It features the odd couple of Del and Louise. He’s robbing a convenience store. She’s the Cosmo-reading clerk. They team up—but quickly develop a cat-and-mouse game of Who Do You Trust? Again, Taylor boldly references the context, in this case the movie “Bonnie and Clyde.” Taylor writes like a kid who just discovered the mystery/suspense sandbox, quickly recognizes that most of the cool stuff has already been sculpted, and decides to simultaneously mimic and reimagine what’s already in place. The results are highly original. Taylor shifts tone, voice, and narrative style with ease. Here’s a bit of Louise’s narration from “Rearview Mirror:” “Late afternoon, we cruised through Winslow, Arizona, which I guess would get most people in the mind of that Eagles song. Standing on a corner and all of that. But it had me thinking of the past and my old school flame. Winslow was his name, Win everybody called him, and I couldn’t help but start indulging those what-ifs about everything I’d left behind. It was a fleeting moment, Win and I had had our own troubles of course, but it struck me hard, discontented as I was with things and people—thinking myself about running down the road and trying to loosen my load.” In “An Internal Complaint,” Taylor features a writer crafting a story who regularly consults the lessons of Anton Chekhov as he tinkers with his yarn. We are given sections of the writer’s fiction as he wrestles with the right tone and language and those struggles are intercut with his “real-life” doubts about his wife’s honesty. The result is a dip into a writer’s somewhat worrisome tangle of thoughts on many levels. Variety? In spades. The anthology starts with a brisk slice, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and then shifts gears into the nearly-wistful tale of a youthful sleuth in the title story. Some stories end with a Hitchcockian twist, others with a contemplative pause. Taylor has won a slew of awards, including the Edgar Award for Best Short Story for “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” a meta entry that also pays homage to a Joyce Carol Oates story with a longer version of the same title. (Taylor’s rendering is classic). He’s won the Derringer, the Macavity, the Anthony, and the Agatha. (Had he won the Agatha for “Murder on the Orient Express” it might have put a jolt in the fundamentals of Quantum Physics.) In The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 is a terrific summer read. Taylor both celebrates the genre and stakes out his own niche. He gives the mystery genre a big, warm hug that’s so heartfelt that none of those behind the original references will even realize, or perhaps even care, that they’ve had their pockets picked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Dean

    I've long been an admirer of Art Taylor's stories, and when I purchased this collection I had read most of them before. The few that I hadn't have only cemented my opinion that he is one of the very best short fiction writers practicing the art today. As for those I had read previously, I appreciated them even more on a second reading. You needn't be a fan of crime fiction to enjoy Art Taylor's work (though he is a master of it), all you need to be is someone who loves beautifully written storie I've long been an admirer of Art Taylor's stories, and when I purchased this collection I had read most of them before. The few that I hadn't have only cemented my opinion that he is one of the very best short fiction writers practicing the art today. As for those I had read previously, I appreciated them even more on a second reading. You needn't be a fan of crime fiction to enjoy Art Taylor's work (though he is a master of it), all you need to be is someone who loves beautifully written stories that reveal a deep appreciation of human nature. If you haven't read any of Art Taylor's work before, you're depriving yourself of a treat, and you really need to remedy that.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fleur Bradley

    As an avid reader of short crime fiction, I've been following Art Taylor's work for years. This collection is excellent--a must-read for mystery and crime fiction short story fans. Art Taylor has to be one of the top authors of the short mystery form. What I like most about this collection is the blend between literary and genre, the kind of stories that sneak up on you and leave you thinking long after. Highly recommend, for any discerning reader. As an avid reader of short crime fiction, I've been following Art Taylor's work for years. This collection is excellent--a must-read for mystery and crime fiction short story fans. Art Taylor has to be one of the top authors of the short mystery form. What I like most about this collection is the blend between literary and genre, the kind of stories that sneak up on you and leave you thinking long after. Highly recommend, for any discerning reader.

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    Ben Orlando

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    Art Taylor

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    Ann Ellis

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