Period Style

Murder mysteries: if you believe the clichés, they all happened in the 1920s and 1930s, surrounded by flappers and butlers.  But let’s take a second to wonder — why is it that detective fiction is so closely associated with this period style?

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Books mentioned in order of appearance:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Ariel by André Maurois
The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers
Third Girl by Agatha Christie
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

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