The only place to get your copy of Bodies From The Library 2, Tony Medawar’s second collection of lost classics from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, before anyone else is at The Bodies From The Library Conference. Copies will be available for delegates at the conference to purchase before the book goes on sale officially the following month.
The publication of the first Bodies from the Library volume in 2018 was an unexpected treat for fans of some of the genre’s cleverest and most popular writers. With lost stories by authors including Georgette Heyer, A.A. Milne, Anthony Berkeley, Nicholas Blake, Cyril Hare and Roy Vickers, the book was a unique opportunity finally to fill the gaps in some of the greatest canons of detective and thriller fiction.
This follow-up volume is a showcase for fifteen more popular names from the Golden Age, including Margery Allingham, Helen Simpson, Ethel Lina White, John Rhode, Agatha Christie and S.S. Van Dine – plus a few big surprises – with stories so rare that many don’t yet appear on their writers’ established bibliographies.
Selected and introduced by Tony Medawar, who also writes a short essay about each contributor, Bodies from the Library 2 is a genuine treasure-trove of missing episodes from the work of some of the world’s favourite classic crime writers.
We know that many of you like to prepare for the conference by reading books recommended by the speakers that are particularly relevant to their topics. Here are the speakers’ recommendations for the 2019 conference. There is only a little more than two months to go till the day so you will need to get your skates on to read all the titles.
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson
The Devil in Velvet by John Dickson Carr
She Died a Lady by Carter Dickson
The Burning Court by John Dickson Carr
The Department of Queer Complaints by Carter Dickson
Tenant for Death by Cyril Hare
Suicide Excepted by Cyril Hare
Tragedy at Law by Cyril Hare
With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare
An English Murder by Cyril Hare
He Should Have Died Hereafter by Cyril Hare
Best Detective Stories of Cyril Hare
Dance of Death by Helen McCloy
The Deadly Truth by Helen McCloy
Who’s Calling? by Helen McCloy
Cue for Murder by Helen McCloy
Panic by Helen McCloy
Through a Glass, Darkly by Helen McCloy
Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac
Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac
Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac
Murder in the Mill-Race by E. C. R. Lorac
Murder in the Telephone Exchange by June Wright
So Bad a Death by June Wright
Duck Season Death by June Wright
The Devil’s Caress by June Wright
The Max Carrados Mysteries by Ernest Bramah
Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Whistle up the Devil by Derek Smith
Death from a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson
The Case Of The Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
Sealed Room Murder by Rupert Penny
Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre by Julius Green
The full line up of speakers for this year’s conference has now been finalised and can be found at:
For further information about the speakers you can read brief biographies at:
The programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference has now been announced.
It offers a variety of panel sessions and lectures covering a cross-section of both the familiar and the less well-known authors of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.
The full programme is:
10.00 Is The Golden Age Humdrum?
Jake Kerridge, Moira Redmond and Richard Reynolds
10.30 The Puppet Master: John Dickson Carr (1906-1977)
11.00 City and Countryside in ECR Lorac’s crime novels
11.50 Two (Undeservedly) Forgotten Crime Club Authors
12.20 The Max Carrados Tales of Ernest Bramah
1.50 Radio Play
2.20 Murder in Mind: The Crime Novels of Helen McCloy
2.50 Agatha Christie: Playwright
Julius Green and John Curran
4.10 Cyril Hare: Master of the English Murder
Martin Edwards and Christine Poulson
4.40 The 10 Types of Impossible Crime
Jim Noy and Daniel Curtis
5.10 Ask The Experts
Sadly, the session featuring Simon Brett and Len Tyler which had been planned for the afternoon, as mentioned in our previous notification of conference speakers, has had to be cancelled (or should that be postponed to 2020?) due to family commitments. We will let you know as soon as a new speaker has been confirmed.
We can now reveal that the programme for the 2019 Bodies From The Library Conference will include:
Ernest Bramah – an English author whose blind detective, Max Carados, featured in stories alongside Conan Doyle’s stories about Sherlock Holmes in the Strand Magazine.
Cyril Hare – the pseudonym of English judge Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark who created the unlikely detective duo of Francis Pettigrew, a second-rate barrister, and Inspector Mallett who appeared separately or together in all bar one of his detective fiction novels including such perennial favourites as Tragedy at Law.
Helen McCloy – creator of Dr Basil Willing whose theory that “every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints and he can’t wear gloves to hide them” informed her series of novels featuring the detective, starting with Dance of Death in 1938.
With less than 48 hours before the Early Bird discount offer ends, you can still ensure your place at what promises to be another fascinating examination of both the famous names of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and some whose reputations thoroughly deserve to be revived for the 2018 price.
We are pleased to announce that Simon Brett, Len Tyler, Martin Edwards and Dolores Gordon Smith will all be speaking at the Bodies From The Library Conference 2019. Our own Dr John Curran will also be speaking at the conference.
Personally, I hope that Simon and Len will be paired together to follow up their 2018 double act which was the highlight of the programme for me last year.
And don’t miss out on the Early Bird discount, saving you £5 on the cost of your ticket, if you book before the expiry of the 31 January deadline.
Not got your ticket yet for The Bodies From The Library Conference 2019?
There is still time to book your place at last year’s price, but do hurry, there are only a few days left before the early bird offer price expires on 1st February.
As always, tickets are selling quickly so, if you want to ensure your place at the conference (and have the opportunity to get your own copies of forthcoming books in the British Library’s Crime Classics series ahead of the official publication date), then you need to book as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you there!