Last week I introduced Patricia Wentworth's series, Miss Silver Mysteries which were written from late 1920s to the early 1960s. This time period has been called "The Golden Age of Murder". The era where the mystery genre really gets it's identity and popularity. It is in this time that a group of mystery writers formed a society called the Detection Club. This club was meant for mystery writers to converse with others from the same genre. The Honoury President was Arthur Conan Doyle with G.K. Chesterton as President and members such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Anthony Berkley. This group of authors are often given the term of cozy mysteries as many people perceive them to be cute little mystery stories. Yet, Martin Edwards, and I agree, puts forth that it was these authors that actually formed what a"mystery novel" is and also brought forth the popularity of mystery.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER
Written by Martin Edwards
2015; 528 Pages
Genre: nonfiction, mystery, biography, literary
Many detectives in books today have roots from this time. Yes, the characters and the science have evolved along with twists and gore, but the core of the story is still the same. No matter how you dress up a book a mystery fan will like it for the mystery component. Edwards is a member of the Detection Club and has always wondered about the history of the writers themselves. He treats them like a mystery to be solved. I don't want to give too much away as I do want you to read this book and not have my "spoilers" swimming in your head. Christie, Berkley and Sayers were interesting characters on their own and each seemed to not just bring a style of writing but a background that intrigues you as much as their fiction.
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