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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Looks at how the authors in the Detection Club, which came to include such personalities as Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, changed the way mystery novels were conceived and written in 1920s and 1930s Britain.

HARPERCOLL
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.

Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2015
ISBN: 9780008105969
Branch Call Number: 823.0872 EDW
Characteristics: xxiv, 481 p. :,ill., ports. ;,25 cm.

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WhidbeyIslander
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.

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CoReCH4LR
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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Janezee
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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