Parts of this were excellent but a few sections were a little tedious. If you're a Sarah Caudwell fan, it's worth the read.
Fun mixed author book of great mystery writers.
A man named Tim needs help. Seems his rich wife (whom he married only for her money) plans to cut him out of her will; worse, she is having an affair with his best friend. What Tim needs help with is the perfect murder: he wants to kill his wife and make it look as if the boyfriend did it. Since he is something of a perfectionist, Tim wants this crime "so beautiful in construction and so ingenious in practice that it aspires to the condition of art." Seeking counsel from the experts, Tim writes Block, Caudwell, Hillerman, Lovesey and Westlake, and asks each to design him a blueprint for a fail-safe scheme. Each carefully wrought reply in this droll how-to for the discriminating hitman is a small masterpiece of cunning and deception.
This was fun but a little uneven. Great idea though. The author each came up with VERY different ways of killing off the client's wife and framing her lover. I really enjoyed the criticism that they gave each other to try and prove that their idea was the only possible solution. A good read and a neat introduction to a few mystery writers I really did not know.