Steven Saylor

Books: Mystery | Historical


Crime Through Time (1997), Down These Strange Streets (2011), The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (2011)

Crime Through Time (1997) edited by Miriam Grace Monfredo & Sharan Newman

Published by Berkley Prime Crime

Down These Strange Streets (2011) edited by Gardner Dozois & George R.R. Martin

If you look at the list of authors above, you’ll immediately see why I read this series. There are some of my favorite authors here–many of whom write short stories I tend to love. And surprisingly, I loved most of these stories, especially a few by authors I haven’t particularly read before.

I actually have several of Steven Saylor’s books on my shelves, but I haven’t gotten around to reading a one of them. After reading “Styx and Stones” I’ll try and move one of those books up on my list. Gordianus is traveling to Babylon with the poet Antipater of Sidon to see the wonders of that ancient land. But the hotel where the end up is next to a haunted–something that Gordianus simply doesn’t believe.

All in all, I found this to be a fabulous anthology, and I highly recommend almost all the stories I read–even the ones I didn’t love were, for the most part, interesting.

Published by Penguin

Rating: 9/10

The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (2011) edited by Mike Ashley

Something to do with Diana is a Steven Saylor story featuring Gordianus and his mentor Zoticus. This time we hand out with some Romans, and they seem to have a better opinion of Greeks than the Greeks have f them. (See previous story.) I read and enjoyed another story about them, so I have no idea why I haven’t read one of his books before. It takes a bit before we get to the murder and the mystery, but I rather enjoy the tour, so I didn’t mind.

The Temple of Artemis is one of the world’s great storehouses of wealth–and every Roman governor spends his tenure trying to figure out some way to get his hands on it.

It was an enjoyable anthology, reminding me of several authors I need to read, as well as re-read.

Published by Robinson

Rating: 8/10