Simply put, Mystery! A Celebration is a beautiful book. For any fan who has been captivated by the Edward Gorey cartoons, the erudite words of Vincent Price and Diana Rigg, or the tastefully assembled mysteries that make up the beloved PBS series, the volume (as P.D. James writes in the foreword) "will give immense pleasure." The book begins with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the early years of the series and includes an interview with Gorey, comments by Diana Rigg, and parting words from Vincent Price. The centerpiece, however, is the complete record of Mystery! episodes from 1980-1997, with in-depth coverage of all the major detective characters and "denizens of the dark side," from Sherlock Holmes to Sweeney Todd. Color and black-and-white photographs grace almost every page, and key series are followed by a bibliography and profiles of the actors and authors. A 100-question quiz and a list of show credits close the book. The only disappointment: realizing the quality episodes you have missed. --Patrick O'Kelley
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful: Questions answered and new paths to take, July 8, 2002 Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org from Arlington, Texas USA Once in a while something does come along to rival sliced bread. This book is it. I have had many questions about different mystery series. The latest is when the BBC produced The Dorothy L. Sayers series with Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, why did they stop short and not produce "Busman's Honeymoon"? And the answer is: "Sadly, Mystery! Viewers never got to see the payoff to this classic romance. Sayers wrote about the marriage in 'Busman's Honeymoon', which couldn't be filmed for Mystery! Because Sayers had sold the film rights to Hollywood in the 1930's; it was turned into the 1940 film 'Haunted Honeymoon', but efforts to secure the rights for the new BBC-TV version weren't successful." This book is packed with such information and many great stills form many Mystery! programs. Now I need to see the ones I missed.