The editors have dipped into the best of the past without neglecting outstanding pieces of the present. The prose pieces are the sort to pique reader interest and will stimulate further reading. The regulars for anthology are here -- Poe, Doyle and Collins -- but not their most often encountered stories. In addition there are Scott Fitzgerald, Thurber, Asimov and others who have tried their hands at this form. Pip's discovery of the mysterious man on the moor from Great Expectations and Wilde's entertainment The Canterville Ghost as well as Tom Sawyer's search for buried treasure are included and give some indication of the wide ranging approach that the editors have employed. This is further enhanced by sections of poetry, snatches of folklore and a clutch of charms and spells, all exemplifying the air of mystery. An afterword discusses the place of the mystery in story-telling. Thumbnail sketches of the contributors are listed at the end of a satisfying book.