In which I am talking to myself:"So Aoife, tell me again: Did you ever read a crime short-story collection (apart from Sherlock Holmes) you actually liked?""Well, there was this one by Pater Tremayne.""And apart from that?""None.""So why exactly did you think you'd like that one?""Because of the connection with Shakespeare. It sounded awesome, that this wouldn't be the 325th story in which an actor is killed during a production od Macbeth but one with has a story where the thre witches do some sleuthing.""And was it awesome?""...no...it was dull.""So when will you ever learn not to read crime short-story collections?""Hopefully very soon."I read the first few stories (all based on the historical plays) and found them all quite dull and predictable. Then I skimmed forward to those based on my favourite plays and it didn't really get better. The Macbeth- and Hamlet-stories both simply retold the events of the play but the oh-so-amazing twist at the end is that the real villain is not whom we think...I was...unimpressed.I'm not sure what the authors of the Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing-stories thought but it must have been something like "You know what these stories lack? DEATH AND TRAGEDY! There is far to little of this in Shakespeare's work so we'll include some in those plays with a happy ending! Isn't that AWESOME???"Well...no.The King-Leir story was weird, too and then I just gave up. I did read the Peter Tremanye-story which wasn't based on a specific play and I enjoyed that one but I won't bother with the rest.