The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards

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Read The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books Online Free - This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, the leading expert on classic crime discusses one hundred books ranging from The Hound of the Baskervilles to Strangers on a Train which highlight the entertaining plots, the literary achievements, and the social significance of vintage crime fiction. This book serves as a companion to the acclaimed British Library Crime Classics series but it tells a very diverse story. It presents the development of crime fiction-from Sherlock Holmes to the end of the golden age-in an accessible, informative and engaging style.

Readers who enjoy classic crime will make fascinating discoveries and learn about forgotten gems as well as bestselling authors. Even the most widely read connoisseurs will find books (and trivia) with which they are unfamiliar-as well as unexpected choices to debate. Classic crime is a richly varied and deeply pleasurable genre that is enjoying a world-wide renaissance as dozens of neglected novels and stories are resurrected for modern readers to enjoy. The overriding aim of this book is to provide a launch point that enables readers to embark on their own voyages of discovery.

Title : The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
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ISBN : 1464207216
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 357 pages


Susan rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

Having loved, “The Golden Age of Murder,” by Martin Edwards, I was keen to read his latest discussion of Golden Age crime – “The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.” Edwards looks at the period 1901 – 1950 and he does not only list one hundred books, but throws in lots of other titles and themes...

Melindam rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

Arc received by the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The main aim of detective stories is to entertain, but the best cast a light on human behaviour, and display both literary ambition and accomplishment. And there is a reason why millions of readers continue to appreciat...

Leah rated it ★★★★★

August 27, 2017

Books, books, glorious books... Having fallen deeply in love with the whole British Library Crime Classics thing, this book was bound to be right up my alley – a dark alley, full of sinister shadows and red herrings, of course! Martin Edwards has done a lot of the introductions for the novels in t...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2017

This is a brilliant book but with a catch. First of all a little back ground. The British Library as well as being well a library is also as publisher too, and for a while now they have been reprinting classic crime novels and short stories. Now they their aim is to bring back in to the light man...

Eli rated it ★★★★★

March 17, 2017

I received an ARC of this book for review. I’m going to go ahead and review it early, because it is available for pre-order, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get a copy ASAP. I love book lists, especially well thought-out published lists like this one from experts in the field. It’s...

Damaskcat rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. One of my favourite genres is crime fiction and in general I prefer classic crime to modern crime novels so I was pleased to read this. Martin Edwards explores the sub-genre through a selection of one hundred books published between 1901 and 1950...

Moonlight Reader rated it ★★★★☆

September 17, 2017

This book was very bad for my tbr. Martin Edwards has forgotten more about golden age mysteries than I ever knew.

Judy rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2017

I received an e-ARC of this book through NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press. Thank you. The crime stories written during the Golden Age of crime have proven their ability to remain entertaining and even addictive among modern readers of crime fiction. These books are different in many ways from the...

John Plowright rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

‘The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books’ by Martin Edwards (himself an award-winning crime writer) serves as a companion to the British Library’s series of Crime Classics but spreads its net wider to include some books which originated outside Britain, such as Ellery Queen’s ‘Calamity Town’ and...

KayKay rated it ★★★★★

August 19, 2017

I received an advanced reading copy from Poisoned Pen Press in exchange of my honest review. My pleasure, as always, to savor another high quality upcoming release offered by the publisher. In my humble opinion, "The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books" is another must-have for any classic myster...

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