Make it a Golden Age Weekend

To mark the publication of the first 100 Crime Classics, the British Library is holding a special event on the evening of Friday 17th June (the evening before the Bodies From The Library Conference on Saturday 18th June). The event will be led by award-winning crime writer and Bodies From The Library stalwart Martin Edwards together with Radio Four’s Reverend Richard Coles. And for those who can’t make it to the British Library on Friday evening, the event will be live streamed.

Tickets to attend the event in person or online are already on sale to British Library members and go on sale to the public today. So now is your chance to make a Golden Age weekend of it and go to both the British Library event on the Friday evening and Bodies From The Library on the Saturday.

To book your ticket for the Crime Classics event go to:

To book your ticket for Bodies From The Library go to:

Nominate your favourite female detective

Moira Redmond, Christine Poulson and Dolores Gordon-Smith will be talking about female detectives in Golden Age fiction at the Bodies From The Library Conference on 18th June.

While not giving any spoilers (well, you wouldn’t expect us to do that, now, would you?) about the content of their session, who do you think they ought to cover in their discussion? Of course we can’t make any promises, but now is your chance to influence their thinking and maybe get a mention for your favourite female sleuth to come under their scrutiny.

Programme announced for Bodies From The Library (and last chance for discount entry)

We are delighted to be able to confirm the programme for this year’s Bodies From The Library conference. It promises to be as entertaining and informative as ever. And with the Early Bird discount price offer coming to an end shortly, now is your best opportunity to book your seat at the essential conference for those who are serious about their Golden Age Detective Fiction.

9.30  Registration

9.55 Opening Panel: Moira Redmond/Chrissie Poulson/Dolores Gordon Smith discuss ‘The Female Detective’

10.30 Jake Kerridge considers Margery Allingham: The Dickens of Detective Fiction.

11.00 Moira Redmond looks at the Detective Fiction of Dorothy Bowers  

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Party of One: Tony Medawar considers the life and legacy of Nicholas Blake

12.30 Martin Edwards and Chrissie Poulson on The Life of Crime, Martin’s new book

1 – 2 Lunch

2.00 Play 

2.30 David Brawn on The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Publishing GA

3.00 Caroline Crampton introduces Japanese Honkaku detective fiction

3.30 Coffee

4.00 John Curran looks at The Other Queen of Crime: Ellery Queen

4.30 Dolores Gordon Smith examines R. Austin Freeman and Detective Fiction

5.00 – 5.30 Closing Panel

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