Comments: 6
Tannat 7 days ago
Oh no, spoilers! That's part of why I don't really want to read it.
BrokenTune 7 days ago
It's a phenomenal piece of work, but yeah, for me it works better as a reference for once you've read a particular book.
"Spoilers" in the sense of plot developments -- I don't recall any examples where he gives away the solution or major plot twists. He's very upfront about it in the introduction, too; he says he won't include what he understands to be spoilers, but he disagrees with a definition of "spoiler" that even prohibits including plot developments from chapters beyond the initial ones. In practice, e.g., in the chapter on "Murder of a Lady," this means that he mentions that there will be more than the initial murder, but he doesn't say who are the victims and under what circumstances the murders occur. (And frankly, the occurrence of a second and third murder in a mystery to me isn't such a shocking development that this particular half-sentence greatly disturbed me ...)
Tannat 7 days ago
Yeah...I can see its value in pointing you to new works but I'm kinda afraid to find out too much about them...or want to read something unavailable or too expensive.
Tannat 7 days ago
Just saw your comment TA. That's good to know. I would have been disappointed to be told who the victims were, of course. But there's still the problem of impossible TBRs...
Well, the British Library seems to be on a course to republish a fair share of the books mentioned by Edwards (and if "Murder of a Lady" is anything to go by, he's using his essays on the 100 books chiefly presented in "The Story of Classic Crime" as prefaces for the respective republications). So I expect most of these books to become available again in the near future (if they aren't still anyway) -- in fact, I just saw the other day that the BL has already mapped out their first "Crime Classics" republications for 2018, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.