Arriving with an encomium from no less than Len Deighton, this weighty volume from the ever-reliable Martin Edwards will be catnip to admirers of Golden Age British crime fiction. Subtitled ‘The Mystery of the writers who invented the modern detective story’, this is the first book about being prestigious Detection Club, the celebrated social networking facility of crime writers; it also doubles as an examination of the great golden age writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, who energised the form. And there are a few writers better qualified than the knowledgeable Edwards to tell the story, which stretches from the now distant past to the edgy present. It’s a picture of a little-known aspect of the cultural history of Great Britain.

The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards is published by HarperCollins

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