British Library Crime Classics

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:

The Novels


Cheltenham Square Murder
John Bude

Death of Anton
Alan Melville

Antidote to Venom
Freeman Wills Crofts

Death of a Busybody
George Bellairs

The 12:30 From Croydon
Freeman Wills Crofts

Quick Curtain
Alan Melville

Portrait of a Murderer

Anne Meredith

Mystery in White
J. Jefferson Farjeon

Death Makes A Prophet
John Bude

Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm
Gil North

The Murder of My Aunt
Richard Hull

Weekend at Thrackley
Alan Melville

Arsenal Stadium Mystery
Leonard Gribble

The Colour of Murder
Julian Symons

Murder in Piccadilly
Charles Kingston

Excellent Intentions
Richard Hull

The Division Bell Mystery
Ellen Wilkinson

Seven Dead
J. Jefferson Farjeon

The Dead Shall Be Raised
George Bellairs

Murder Underground
Mavis Doriel Hay

Murder in the Mill-Race
E. C. R. Lorac

Death on the Cherwell
Mavis Doriel Hay

Surfeit of Suspects
George Bellairs

The Short Story Anthologies


Crimson Snow
Winter Mysteries

The Long Arm of the Law
Police Stories

Serpents in Eden
Countryside Crime

Blood on the Tracks
Railway Mysteries

Resorting to Murder
Holiday Mysteries

Murder at the Manor
Country House Mysteries

The Christmas Card Crime
and Other Stories

Other Publications


The Pocket Detective
Kate Jackson