Before the British Library Crime Classics range came along my knowledge of the Golden Age of Crime was essentially limited to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. This range served as a gateway to a whole new world of detective and mystery fiction, kicking off an obsession that would lead me to start this blog. It has introduced me to some wonderful authors like Alan Melville, Richard Hull and Freeman Wills Crofts as well as my favorite subgenre of crime fiction, the inverted mystery novel.
One of the biggest goals I set for myself for this blog’s second year is to increase the coverage of this range here and make it easier to find and browse these reviews. These books are often accessible in public libraries which have otherwise quite limited Golden Age collections and I think they have done a lot to raise awareness of vintage crime fiction.
Below are links to all of the reviews I have done so far divided into three categories: