Authors’ names loom large when we think about detective stories. Yet many of them are pseudonyms, created just to appear on book covers. But why go to all this trouble? And what makes a good pen name, anyway?
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Books mentioned in order of appearance:
—The Man in the Queue by Gordon Daviot / Josephine Tey
—A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
—Josephine Tey: A Life by Jennifer Morag Henderson
—Kif: An Unvarnished History by Elizabeth Mackintosh
—Richard of Bordeaux, a play in two acts by Gordon Daviot
—A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
—Degrees of Guilt by H.S. Chandler
—The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah, published by HarperCollins. Enter the competition to win a copy by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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