Tickets on sale for Bodies From The Library 2022

We are delighted to announce that tickets have now gone on sale for Bodies From The Library 2022.

The conference will take place on Saturday 18th June 2022 and we are very pleased to be back at the British Library.

For more information about the conference visit our website which will be continually updated as programme details and speakers are finalised.

To book your tickets click on the link below:

Book Ticket

Bodies From The Library 2021 – Recording

We are delighted to be able to share with fans of Golden Age Detective Fiction the recording of the sold out Bodies From The Library Conference held online on Saturday 15 May 2021.

You can access a recording of the whole of the conference using the link below:

The password to view the recording is: T=Hg7=.Y

We ask that you respect the copyright of the speakers and do not copy, share or reproduce any images or recording of the conference. We are, of course, happy for you to share a link to this page through which the conference recording can be accessed.

Book List – titles mentioned at Conference

Here is a list of (most of) the titles mentioned by the speakers during the conference on Saturday.

Enid Blyton: The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage


John Dickson Carr:  Till Death Us Do Part (BL edition due August 2021)


Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep


G.K.Chesterton: The Wisdom of Father Brown


Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None

                              The 13 Problems


Freeman Wills Crofts: The Starvel Hollow Tragedy


Arthur Conan Doyle: A Study In Scarlet


Brian Flynn: The Billiard Room Mystery 
                        The Creeping Jenny Mystery 
                        Five Red Fingers

                        The Mystery of the Peacock’s Eye

                        Tread Softly


Richard Austin Freeman: The D’Arblay Mystery


Jacques Futrelle: The Thinking Machine


Erle Stanley Gardner: The D.A. Draws a Circle


Francis Noyes Hart: The Bellamy Trial


Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought


Gladys Mitchell: Death at the Opera

                              The Longer Bodies

                              The Rising of the Moon

                              The Saltmarsh Murders
                              Speedy Death


Baroness Orczy: The Tea House Detective (The Old Man In The Corner)


Q.Patrick : Cottage Sinister

                    Murder at Cambridge

                    S.S. Murder


Arthur Porges: The Curious Cases of Cyriack Skinner Grey

Patrick Quentin: Black Widow

                               The Man with Two Wives


Micky Spillane: I, the Jury


Craig Rice: Home Sweet Homicide


Theodore Roscoe: Murder On The Way


Harriet Rutland: Blue Murder


Anthony and Peter Shaffer: Withered Murder


Jonathan Stagge: The Dogs Do Bark

                               The Scarlet Circle


Arthur W Upfield: Death Of A Swagman


S.S. Van Dine: The Benson Murder Case


Seishi Yokomizo: The Honjin Murders

We can’t promise all of these are still in print – in fact we are sure some of them aren’t – so you may need to trawl second hand bookstores (real and virtual) to track them all down.

Bodies From The Library 2021 – Zoom link mailed to attendees

We have now emailed a link to everyone who has registered to enable them to join the conference on Zoom.

If you have registered and don’t think you have received a link to join the conference, please check your emails, including spam/junk folders.

If you haven’t received a link then contact us through the website and we will do our best to resolve the problem for you.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Suggested Reading for 2021 Conference

We know it is short notice – there is barely a week to go to the online Bodies From the Library Conference 2021 – but we also are aware that many of you like to know some of the books that are going to be discussed at the conference. There might not be time to order the books suggested by the speakers and read them before the conference but if you have any of them on your shelves already then you can look them out and remind yourselves of their contents.

Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club – editor Martin Edwards

When Last I Died – Gladys Mitchell

The Rising of The Moon – Gladys Mitchell

The Saltmarsh Murders – Gladys Mitchell

The Mystery of The Peacock’s Eye – Brian Flynn

The Murders Near Mapleton  – Brian Flynn

Murder En Route – Brian Flynn

The Fortescue Candle – Brian Flynn

Tread Softly – Brian Flynn

The Grindle Nightmare* – Q. Patrick

Black Widow** – Patrick Quentin

Death’s Old Sweet Song* – Jonathan Stagge

The Cases of Lieutenant Timothy Trant – Q. Patrick

Hunt in the Dark and Other Deadly Pursuits*** 

*Not currently in print in the UK but available in USA
** Not currently in print
*** To be published in 2021 by Crippen & Landru

2021 Programme Confirmed

We can now unveil the programme for the 2021 Bodies From The Library Conference:

1.30pm Introduction and Welcome

1.35pm Opening Panel: Martin Edwards, Alison Joseph and Kate Ellis discuss  HowdunitA Masterclass in Crime Writing by The Detection Club

2.05pm Martin Edwards and Christine Poulson assess Anthony and Peter Shaffer


2.45pm Jim Noy TBC

3.15pm Moira Redmond and Len Tyler examine The Great Gladys (Mitchell)


3.55pm Mark Green looks at Fogginess: A comparison of the writing styles of the four Queens of Crime

4.25pm Steve Barge and Kate Jackson consider The Resurrection of Brian Flynn


5.05pm Curtis Evans uncovers The Many Faces of Patrick Quentin, Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge

5.35pm Closing panel with Jake Kerridge (Q/A subject to be decided)

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme and timings.   

You can register for the conference, which is free, using the link below:

Bodies From The Library – 2021 Tickets, Sat 15 May 2021 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

Register for Bodies From The Library 2021

Registration has now opened to join the free online Bodies From The Library Conference 2021.

The half-day conference will take place online using Zoom on Saturday 15 May 2021, starting at 1:30pm.

Speakers will include Martin Edwards, Alison Joseph, Christine Poulson and, joining us from the USA, Curtis Evans. The topics which will be covered include Anthony and Peter Schaffer, Gladys Mitchell, Brian Flynn and Patrick Quentin (Q. Patrick).

We intend to include plenty of short breaks to give you a chance to make a cup of tea/coffee or to pour yourself a Gin and Tonic as well as use the “Chat” facility on Zoom to catch up with fellow Golden Age enthusiasts.

In order to receive your link to join this free conference, please use the link below to register:

Bodies From The Library – 2021 Tickets, Sat 15 May 2021 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

Bodies From The Library – Back for 2021

We are very pleased to announce the return of Bodies From The Library with a new Conference for 2021 which, for the first time, will be a free event held online via Zoom on 15th May 2021.

As always, the Conference will celebrate the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and will be of interest to fans of Agatha Christie and her contemporaries – Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Margery Allingham, the Detection Club -and also to those wanting to discover forgotten authors from the period.

The conference will start at 1:30pm (BST) and will include an exciting programme of discussions, presentations and panels on Golden Age Detective Fiction Writers and, although we won’t be able to meet in person this year, there will still be an opportunity to talk to leading experts on classic detective fiction and modern authors whose novels follow in the Golden Age tradition. You will also be able to connect with and chat to old and new friends online.

The Conference is open to everyone and we very much hope that, by holding an online event this year, Golden Age fans from around the world will be able to join us.

Details of how to Register for the Conference will be provided very soon.

Dolores Gordon-Smith on G.K. Chesterton

Continuing our series of lectures from the archives, we return to 2016 when Dolores Gordon-Smith spoke on G.K. Chesterton: Mystery and Mysticism.

Dolores is a regular speaker at the conferences and is the author of her own series of murder mysteries set in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction between the two world wars, featuring Jack Haldean, a former pilot in the Royal Flying Corps.

Forgotten Murder, the latest in the Jack Haldean series (along with the previous books) is available from Amazon at Forgotten Murder


Bodies From The Library Competition Winners


Congratulations to Carol McBride and Jamie Sherwin who have won the two prizes of tickets to next years Bodies From The Library conference in the competition jointly sponsored with HarperCollins.

They correctly guessed the solution to the question set by Tony Medawar which required them to identify correctly the author of one of the stories, included in the third Bodies From The Library collection of rare and little known short stories by leading writers of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, which goes on sale tomorrow, based on the opening sentence:

“Adrian Belford, emerging from the offices of Messrs Golding & Moss, Financiers, hesitated uncertainly at the corner of Conduit Street and Bond Street.”

The correct solution is Dorothy L. Sayers, whose short story The House of The Poplars, is one one of the many highlights of the collection.

Other authors whose works feature in Bodies From The Library 3 are:
Anthony Berkeley
Josephine Bell
Nicholas Blake
Lynn Brock
Christopher Bush
John Dickson Carr
Peter Cheyney
Agatha Christie
William A. R. Collins
Joseph Commings
Cyril Hare
David Hume
Ngaio Marsh
Stuart Palmer
John Rhode
Christopher St John Sprigg
Ethel Lina White