Steve Barge reviews crime fiction, both classic and modern at his blog, In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel. He divides his time between looking for classic mystery plots in modern releases and investigating the lost authors of the Golden Age, in particular Brian Flynn, where he has been instrumental in getting Flynn’s first ten books reprinted.
Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie’s former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, The Hooded Gunman, an illustrated history of the Collins Crime Club, has been nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America.
Martin Edwards’ novels include the Lake District Mysteries and the Harry Devlin series. The Coffin Trail was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for Crime Novel of the Year, while All the Lonely People was nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. He has edited more than thirty crime anthologies, has won the CWA Dagger in the Library (2018), CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the Red Herring award, and is series consultant for the British Library’s series of Crime Classics.
In 2015, he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club, and he is currently also Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. He was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger – the most prestigious award in British Crime Fiction, in 2020.
Kate Ellis was born and brought up in Liverpool and studied drama in Manchester. She worked in a variety of jobs, none of which she particularly enjoyed, before discovering that writing crime fiction was what she’d wanted to do all along! Described by The Times as ‘a beguiling author who interweaves past and present’ she has written twenty-four novels featuring black archaeology graduate, DI Wesley Peterson and five crime novels with a supernatural twist featuring DI Joe Plantagenet. Kate has been twice shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger and she was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library in 2019. Her latest Wesley Peterson novel is The Burial Circle and the second novel in a new trilogy set in the aftermath of the First World War, The Boy who Lived with the Dead, was published in December 2018.
Curtis Evans is the author of Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery and The Spectrum of English Murder and the editor of Clues and Corpses: The Detective Fiction and Mystery Criticism of Todd Downing, Mysteries Unlocked: Essays in Honor of Douglas G. Greene and the Edgar nominated Murder in the Closet: Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall. He blogs at The Passing Tramp.
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Alison Joseph is a crime writer and award-winning radio dramatist. After a career in television documentaries, she began writing full time with the first of the Sister Agnes series of crime novels. She is also the author of a series featuring a fictional Agatha Christie as a detective. She is currently working on a standalone thriller about genetics.
Alison was Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association 2013-2015, and is a member of Killer Women. www.alisonjoseph.com
Jake Kerridge has been the crime fiction critic of the Daily Telegraph since 2005. He is an enthusiastic promoter of the best crime fiction of the past as well as the present, both in print and at literary events.
Kate Jackson has been hooked on crime, (well the reading of), since university and shares her thoughts on the topic at her blog, www.crossexaminingcrime.com, as well as in CADs magazine. She is a CWA member and compiler of the puzzles in The Pocket Detective and The Pocket Detective 2. She also contributed to the publication: The 100 Greatest Literary Detectives (2018), ed. by Eric Sandberg, writing on Juanita Sheridan’s Lily Wu.
Tony Medawar has written extensively on the Golden Age of murder for CADS (Crime and Detective Stories) and other magazines. As well as some short stories – including around twenty Sherlock Holmes adventures for the popular board game 221B Baker Street – he has compiled or edited numerous collections of “lost” work by various writers of crime and detective fiction. Coming in the next 18 months are new collections from Freeman Wills Crofts and John Dickson Carr (Crippen & Landru) and the third volume of ‘Bodies from the Library’ (HarperCollins). Tony recently appeared in the crime series ‘Endeavour’ and he is also the producer of the 2020 International Agatha Christie Festival, which takes place in Torquay, England, from 15 to 19 September 2020 (www.iacf-uk.org).
Jim Noy has a particular enthusiasm for the golden age detection of the 1920 to the 1950s, especially locked room mysteries and impossible crimes, and in 2017 he wrote the introductions for the reprints of impossible crime novels Murder on the Way! (1935) and I’ll Grind Their Bones (1936) by Theodore Roscoe. He blogs at The Invisible Event.
Before Christine Poulson turned to crime, she was an academic with a PhD in History of Art. Her Cassandra James mysteries are set in Cambridge in the UK. Deep Water, the first in a new series featuring scientist Katie Flanagan, appeared in 2016 and the second, Cold, Cold Heart, set in Antarctica, in 2018. The third, An Air That Kills, came out in 2019. Her short stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Crime Writers Association anthologies, and the Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries. They have been short-listed for the Short Mystery Fiction Derringer, the Margery Allingham Prize, and the CWA Short Story Dagger
Moira Redmond is a journalist and writer with a long-held interest in Golden Age crime fiction. After a career working with the BBC and other radio outlets, the online magazine Slate, and the Guardian, and writing a book on etiquette, she now concentrates on blogging as Clothes in Books. She contributed a chapter to the recent Edgar-nominated book Murder in the Closet, edited by Curtis Evans, on gay themes in GA crime fiction.
L.C. Tyler’s comic crime series featuring author-and-agent duo Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle has been twice nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US and won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award with Herring in the Library. His new historical crime series features seventeenth century lawyer, John Grey. He has lived all over the world, including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sudan and Denmark but has more recently been based in London and Sussex. He is a former Chair of the Crime Writers Association.