With Ngaio Marsh's Nursing Home Murder and Ellen Wilkinson's Division Bell Mystery, both of which I finished in the past 10 days, I have blacked out my bingo card.
Many thanks to Moonlight Reader for creating such a wonderful card in response to my completely off-the-wall idea to track our Detection Club / Golden Age mystery reads this way!
While my bingo card may now be completed, my foray into the world of the Detection Club and Golden Age crime fiction is by far not over -- there are many more books and authors I'm planning to explore; some, but by far not all of them, as part of this year's Summer of Sherlock / 221B Baker Street and Beyond reading project.
1. A New Era Dawns: Ernest Bramah - The Tales of Max Carrados;
2. The Birth of the Golden Age: A.A. Milne - The Red House Mystery
3. The Great Detectives: Margery Allingham - The Crime at Black Dudley, Mystery Mile, Look to the Lady, Police at the Funeral, Sweet Danger, Death of a Ghost, Flowers for the Judge, The Case of the Late Pig, Dancers in Mourning, The Fashion in Shrouds, Traitor's Purse, and The Tiger in the Smoke;
Patricia Wentworth - Miss Silver Intervenes, Latter End, The Watersplash, The Traveller Returns, Poison in the Pen, The Clock Strikes Twelve, The Alington Inheritance, The Gazebo, The Benevent Treasure, Anna Where Are You?, The Key, The Ivory Dagger, Out of the Past, The Silent Pool, The Catherine Wheel, and The Fingerprint;
4. 'Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!': Freeman Wills Crofts - The Hog's Back Mystery;
5. Miraculous Murders: Anthony Wynne - Murder of a Lady;
6. Serpents in Eden: Agatha Christie - The Moving Finger;
7. Murder at the Manor: Mavis Doriel Hay - The Santa Klaus Murder;
8. Capital Crimes: Mavis Doriel Hay - Murder Underground;
E.C.R. Lorac - Bats in the Belfry
9. Resorting to Murder: Dorothy L. Sayers - Five Red Herrings;
Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile
10. Making Fun of Murder: Edmund Crispin - The Moving Toyshop;
11. Education, Education, Education: Mavis Doriel Hay - Death on the Cherwell
12. Playing Politics: Ngaio Marsh - The Nursing Home Murder
13. Scientific Enquiries: Christopher St. John Sprigg - Death of an Airman;
Freeman Wills Crofts - Mystery in the Channel
Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
16. Multiplying Murders: Anthony Berkeley - The Silk Stocking Murders
17. The Psychology of Crime: Lynn Brock - Nightmare
18. Inverted Mysteries: Anne Meredith - Portrait of a Murderer
19. The Ironists: Anthony Rolls - Family Matters;
20. Fiction from Fact: Josephine Tey - The Franchise Affair
Free Square / Eric the Skull: Martin Edwards - The Golden Age of Murder
The book that started it all:
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 6 & 7
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 8-10
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 11-15
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 16-20
The story of Classic Crime in 100 Books: Other Books Mentioned, Chapters 21-24
As a work of literature review, Martin Edwards has spared no effort and produced an excellent volume of work, and I look forward to consulting the book in future to read up on some of the works mentioned. Some of them.
Overall tho, it is not a book that lends itself to reading to reading cover to cover: Edwards' descriptions do include spoilers of different books, which put me off reading certain entries, and some entries I felt could have done with a bit more depth to the discussion of themes and characters or to the comparison of titles.
But then, it is an extended literature review...
thankfully, the essay on Family Matters by Anthony Rolls--a book I just acquired and am very anxious to get to--did not give too much away, before Edwards went on to discuss other things besides the contents of the book. overall, I think I'm now able to say that his other title, The Golden Age of Murder, is the more satisfying read, as this book has more of the structure of an expanded list...a list of probably 1000 books mentioned, very quickly, rather than just 100. but make no mistake: streamlined and smooth in effect or not, I'm happy for this tour of Crime writing broken down into various sub-topics.
I think everyone tracking Edwards' picks should give The Z Murders a shot, and his quick detours over to Antidote to Venom also make it sound interesting, do they not? well, I also found that to be a worthwhile bit of experimental Crime fiction.
Murder of a Lady Buddy Read now mere days away...Pietr the Latvian a little later!
I just worked my way through several chapters, with the attendant essays that highlight key books, that dealt with what I consider some of the best Crime & Mystery novels ever: The Documents in the Case; Green for Danger; Smallbone Deceased; Tragedy at Law; Death of an Airman. I also would rally beside Martin Edwards in promoting Lonely Magdalen whenever possible. of course, I'm also intrigued by all these wonderful-sounding books I have not gotten to yet, like The Grell Mystery, and Trial and Error; the list literally goes on and on.