The original golden age of detective fiction in the 1920s followed on from a devastating global pandemic. Is it any wonder, then, that we’ve read so much crime fiction in 2020? And why do we find murder mysteries a comforting choice for Christmas?
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No major spoilers in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below.
Books and sources:
—The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (UK version / US version)
—”The Golden Age” by Stephen Knight in The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction
—The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (UK version / US version)
—Trent’s Last Case by E.C. Bentley (UK version / US version)
—Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie (UK version / US version)
—Forever England by Alison Light (UK version / US version)
—”The Decline and Fall of the Detection Story” by W Somerset Maugham in The Vagrant Mood
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