Suggested Reading

We thought you might like to prepare for the conference by reading a selection of books from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. The list below includes classics of the genre and also books that the speakers have recommended, which feature in their talks. The list will be updated regularly so do check back to see what new books are recommended.

Recommendations for 2017 Conference

Professor Kirsten Saxton recommends:
The Incredible Crime* by Lois Austen-Leigh

Tony Medawar recommends:
Death in the Tunnel* by Miles Burton
Death Leaves No Card  by Miles Burton
Murder of a Chemist by Miles Burton
The Secret of High Eldersham* by Miles Burton
The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club
Ask a Policeman by The Detection Club
Death of Two Brothers by John Rhode
The Fourth Bomb by John Rhode
The Paddington Mystery by John Rhode
Masters of the ‘Humdrum’ Mystery by Curtis Evans

For other sessions we suggest:

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
Love Lies Bleeding by Edmund Crispin
Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin

The Viaduct Murder by Ronald Knox
The Body In The Silo by Ronald Knox
Double Cross Purposes by Ronald Knox
The Footsteps at the Lock by Ronald Knox
Still Dead by Ronald Knox
Behind the Screen by  The Detective Club
The Floating Admiral by  The Detective Club
Six Against The Yard by  The Detective Club

* Published in the British Library Crime Classics series and available online direct from The British Library at:
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/_488718/1/British-Library-crime-classics

Recommendations for 2016 Conference

The Bishop’s Crime by H. C. Bailey
Mr Fortune Here by H. C. Bailey
The Layton Court Mystery by Anthony Berkeley
The Poisoned Chocolates Case 
by Anthony Berkeley
Malice Aforethought
by Anthony Berkeley (as Francis Iles)
Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
Ask a Policeman by Members of the Detection Club
A Blunt Instrument by Georgette Heyer
Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer
The Rasp by Philip MacDonald
The Maze by Philip MacDonald:
Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh
Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh:
Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey
Murder at the Manor by various authors (British Library Crime Classics Collection)

Classic Golden Age Books

Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
Green for Danger by Christianna Brand
The Hollow Man
by John Dickson Carr
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
by Agatha Christie
Case with Nine Solutions
by J. J. Connington
Love Lies Bleeding
by Edmund Crispin
Inspector French’s Greatest Case
by Freeman Wills Crofts
Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh
The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
Unnatural Death
by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Greene Murder Case by S. S. Van Dine

Speaker Recommendations

Martin Edwards:
The Norwich Victims by Francis Beeding
Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley
Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
X v Rex by Philip MacDonald
Mist on the Saltings by Henry Wade

Dolores Gordon-Smith:
Antidote to Venom* by Freeman Wills Crofts
The Hog’s Back Mystery* by Freeman Wills Crofts
Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy by Freeman Wills Crofts

Tony Medawar:
Fire, Burn! by John Dickson Carr
The Innocence of Father Brown by G K Chesterton
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
He Wouldn’t Kill Patience by Carter Dickson
The Water Room by Christopher Fowler
Bloodhounds by Peter Lovesey

B. A. Pike:
Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham
Look to the Lady by Margery Allingham
Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers

Richard Reynolds:
Police at the Funeral by Margery Allingham
May Week Murder
by Douglas G. Browne
Death’s Bright Dart by C. C. Clinton-Baddeley
The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers:

L.C. Tyler:
Mr Campion’s Farewell by Margery Allingham/Mike Ripley
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson
Snobbery with Violence (non fiction) by Colin Watson 

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In response to popular demand, our speakers have provided lists of some of the books they mentioned in their talks should you wish to follow up on their commentaries:

Tony’s list:
The American Gun Mystery by Ellery Queen
Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
Rim of the Pit by Hake Talbot
Sudden Death by Freeman Wills Crofts
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson
The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

Martin’s list:
Middle Class Murder – Bruce Hamilton
Excellent Intentions – Richard Hull
Verdict of Twelve – Raymond Postgate
Mist on the Saltings – Henry Wade
Lonely Magdalen – Henry Wade
The Sweepstake Murders – J J Connington
Trial and Error – Anthony Berkeley
Family Matters – Anthony Rolls
Behind the Screen and The Scoop – Detection Club
The Floating Admiral – Detection Club
Ask a Policeman – Detection Club
Six Against the Yard – Detection Club
The Anatomy of Murder – Detection Club – non-fiction

David’s list:

EDMUND CRISPIN – new editions out now, £7.99 each:
The Moving Toyshop, 1946
Holy Disorders, 1946
Love Lies Bleeding, 1948

FRANCIS DURBRIDGE – published 2nd July, £7.99 each:
Send for Paul Temple, 1938
Paul Temple and the Front Page Men, 1939
News of Paul Temple, 1940
(Then two a month until December.)

COLLINS’ DETECTIVE CLUB HARDBACKS, £9.99 each:
This is the new hardback list and the titles we have announced are as follows.
13 August:
The Mayfair Mystery (Frank Richardson, intro by David Brawn), 1907
The Perfect Crime (Israel Zangwill + Edgar Allan Poe, intro by John Curran), 1892, 1841
Called Back (Hugh Conway, intro by Martin Edwards), 1883
24 September:
The Mystery of the Skeleton Key (Bernard Capes, intro by Hugh Lamb), 1919
22 October:
The Grell Mystery (Frank Froëst, intro by Tony Medawar), 1913
19 November:
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (R.L. Stevenson + sequel by Francis Little, intro by Richard Dalby), 1886, 1890
3 December:
The Rasp (Philip MacDonald, intro by Tony Medawar), 1924
7 January:
The House Opposite (J. Jefferson Farjeon, intro by H.R.F. Keating), 1931
(More to come…)

David’s recommendation (for curiosity value rather than literary merit) was The Passing of Mr Quinn, based on a short story by Agatha Christie and novelised by G. Roy McRae, 1929.

Rob’s List

Quick Curtain – Alan Melville – published 1/7
Death of Anton – Alan Melville – published 1/8
Thirteen Guests – J. Jefferson Farjeon – published 1/9
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries – ed. Martin Edwards – published 1/10
The Z Murders – J. Jefferson Farjeon – published 1/11

*Available to purchase online direct from The British Library at:
http://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/_488718/1/British-Library-crime-classics

Richard’s List

R E Swartwout: The Boat Race Murder
*Michael Innes: Death in the President’s Lodging
J I M Stewart: Myself and Michael Innes (out of Print – Gollancz)Michael Innes: Operation Pax
Michael Innes: Hamlet revenge
Michael Innes: The Secret Vanguard
Michael Innes: The weight of the Evidence
These Innes books go in and out of print – (Stratus publishing – always worth enquiring )
*Ronald Knox: Footsteps in the Lock
*Ronald Knox: The Viaduct Murder (and 4 more from Orion’s Murder Rooms POD imprint)
J C Masterman: An Oxford Tragedy
*Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof (and lots more available from Vintage books /Random House )
*Edmund Crispin: Holy Disorders
*Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop (all the other titles available from either Harper Collins, Vintage, Felony & Mayhem (USA) or Bloomsbury POD)
*Adam Broome: Oxford Murders
* Victor Whitechurch: Crime At Diana’s Pool
Victor Whitechurch: Murder in College
*Mavis Doriel Hay: Death on the Cherwell
*Mavis Doriel Hay: Murder Underground
*Dorothy L Sayers: Gaudy Night
*H C Bailey: Shadow on the Wall
Katherine Farrar books: The Missing Link, Cretan Counterfeit, Gownsman’s Gallows (out of print)
Stanley Casson: Murder by Burial
*Cyril Alington: Archdeacon’s Afloat
*Dermot Morrah: Mummy Case Murder
Lois Austen-Leigh: The Incredible Crime (NYP 2017)
*A Conan Doyle: Missing Three-Quarter
*Douglas G Browne: May Week Murder
*Glyn Daniel: The Cambridge Murders (*& Welcome Death available too)
*Adam Broome: Cambridge Murders
*Aceituna Griffin: Punt Murder
* VC Clinton-Baddeley: Death’s Bright Dart (& My foe Outstretched Beneath the Tree, Only a Matter of Tiime, No Case for the Police, To Study a Long Silence – all available)
* Margery Allingham: Police at the Funeral (and loads of others available from Vintage, Felony & Mayhem & Bloomsbury POD)
*T H White: Darkness at Pemberley
*F J Whaley: Trouble in College
*Q Patrick: Murder at Cambridge
*Dorothy L Sayers: Nine Tailors (all available from Hodder & Stoughton)
*A A Milne: Winnie the Pooh
*A A Milne: Red House Mystery

If you have trouble obtaining any of the * items, which denote they’re in print, please contact  Richard Reynolds on literature@heffers.co.uk

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