The golden age of murder : the mystery of the writers who invented the modern detective story

by Edwards, Martin, 1955-

Format: Print 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.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Crime novelist Edwards (Frozen Shroud), the archivist for the legendary Detection Club of crime authors, reveals the hidden lives of its members in a comprehensive and well-written narrative that combines biography with literary criticism. He focuses on the Club's three leading lights-Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and the lesser-known Anthony Berkeley-and how their output between the world wars helped define the detective novel as we know it. Along the way, he dispels numerous myths about Golden Age detective fiction: for example, that it was "an essentially British form of escapism... an effete counterpart to the tough and realistic crime fiction produced in the United States." He documents his thesis that the Detection Club facilitated its members' creativity through mutual support and "challenging [them] to take the genre to a higher level." The trenchant analysis is coupled with revelations about the private lives of these very public authors, offering new information for casual fans and students of the genre alike, including details of Christie's mysterious disappearance and Sayers's secret child. Agent: James Willis, Watson Little. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Detection Club.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Bio-bibliography.
English fiction -- 20th century -- Bio-bibliography.
Novelists, English -- Biography.
Murder in literature.
Publisher London :HarperCollinsPublishers,2015
Language English
Notes "Collins crime club, the sign of a good detective novel."
Includes facsimile reproduction of the 1932 Constitution and rules of the Detection Club (pages 441-447).
Description xxiv, 481 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-457) and indexes.
ISBN 9780008105969
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