cover image Death by Dickens

Death by Dickens

. Berkley Prime Crime, $23.95 (280pp) ISBN 978-0-425-19420-1

Anne Perry follows up her 2002 Shakespearean anthology, Much Ado About Murder, with Death by Dickens, which contains 11 mostly so-so tales inspired by the fiction of Charles Dickens. Well-known contributors include Carole Nelson Douglas, Peter Tremayne and Perry herself, but the book's standout is Martin Edwards's ""The House of the Red Candle,"" an atmospheric tale in which Dickens and Wilkie Collins probe an impossible locked-room murder in a brothel.