The Golden Age of Murder

The Golden Age of Murder

The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story

Book - 2015
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Winner of the 2016 EDGAR, AGATHA, MACAVITY and H.R.F.KEATING crime writing awards, this real-life detective story investigates how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction.

Detective stories of the Twenties and Thirties have long been stereotyped as cosily conventional. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Golden Age of Murder tells for the first time the extraordinary story of British detective fiction between the two World Wars. A gripping real-life detective story, it investigates how Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley, Agatha Christie and their colleagues in the mysterious Detection Club transformed crime fiction. Their work cast new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors' darkest secrets, and their complex and sometimes bizarre private lives.

Crime novelist and current Detection Club President Martin Edwards rewrites the history of crime fiction with unique authority, transforming our understanding of detective stories, and the brilliant but tormented men and women who wrote them.

Publisher: London :, HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780008105969
Characteristics: xxiv, 481 pages : illustrations


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Oct 16, 2017

An extensive history of the Detection Club, founded in 1930 in England. The author concentrates on three of the founding members (Dorothy L. Sayers, Anthony Berkeley and Agatha Christie) but also imparts interesting tidbits about many other mystery writers, especially those who flourished in the 1930's. If you are a fan of the above three novelists, this is a must-read. Edwards also recounts details of many classic Golden Age mysteries (and for the most part avoids spoilers), including how many plots were based on real life murders. The book contains many photos of Detection Club members and I found some books that I have put on my To Be Read list thanks to this book.

Sep 11, 2017

Probably the "definitive" book on British murder mystery "who-done-it" --- way to long, repetitive and ultimately boring.

ser_library Dec 01, 2015

fascinating stories of the era and the writers, many little known. however, repetitive and poorly written


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Aug 09, 2018

Not only does Martin Edwards write the history of the Detection Club, and dish on the members, he also adds reference material at the end of the book that takes up nearly 20% of the book, according to the information at the bottom of the ebook. Bibliography, appendices, and indices hold more information than one could mine in a year of work. This is an excellent reference for all things British mystery in the years between the wars, and later.

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