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
—”The Golden Age” by Stephen Knight in The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction
—The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
—Trent’s Last Case by E.C. Bentley
—Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
—Forever England by Alison Light
—”The Decline and Fall of the Detection Story” by W Somerset Maugham in The Vagrant Mood
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