The day the First World War ended, 11 November 1918, marked the beginning of a new era in which detective fiction would flourish. How did Britain go from “peace at last” to “whodunnit”?
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Books and sources:
—Peace At Last by Guy Cuthbertson
—Forever England: Femininity, Literature and Conservatism Between the Wars by Alison Light
—An Autobiography by Agatha Christie
—The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie
—“The Affair at the Victory Ball” by Agatha Christie, collected in Poirot’s Early Cases
—The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
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