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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/05dwdRhFFOcwHSn3nOa4f7m_77sHK7h9I2-9f-WjgNCN4U-N25rvQAKPkL-MpgPM.cSnOpVCKvfEj5xB3

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

BREAK

2.45pm Jim Noy TBC

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

BREAK

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

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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

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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

Bodies From The Library Competition -last day

Today is a day of mixed emotions.

Had the pandemic not intervened, I would have been travelling up to London to help set up for the Bodies From The Library conference scheduled for tomorrow, that is sadly deferred till next year. But, on the glass half full side, I have just received my advance copy of Tony Medawar’s third collection of lost stories from the Golden Age.

And although there is no conference tomorrow, there is still time to enter the competition which we are running in conjunction with HarperCollins to mark the publication of the third volume of the Bodies From The Library series.

All you need to do is to decide which of the authors whose stories feature in the new volume (listed below) began one of their tales with the sentence:

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

Authors included 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
Dorothy L. Sayers
Ethel Lina White

To enter the competition you should send an email to BFTLCompetition@gmail.com with your selected author’s name as the email Subject/Headline/Title and giving your name for us to contact you should you win.

There will be two winners of the competition. Each will win a ticket to next year’s Bodies From The Library Conference.

The competition closes at midnight on 4 July.

Only one entry per person will be accepted.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw to select the winner.

Full Competition Rules are available at our website.