As we enter the festive season, we at The Murder Room have corralled a selection of our criminal minded authors together to recommend their favourite reads. First up is author of the acclaimed Flavia de Luce novels, Alan Bradley.
To my way of thinking, the perfect Christmas gift is a fat plum-pudding of a book: one that can be dipped into not only on the day itself, but dived into indulgently once more on Boxing Day, before being placed prominently on a shelf of favourites to be happily consulted again and again as the years go by.
Martin Edwards’s The Golden Age of Murder is just such a book.
It seems incredible that no one has thought, until now, of writing about that group of odd individuals who banded together in 1930, against all likelihood, to found the Detection Club: Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Georgette Heyer, Baroness Orczy, Edmund Crispin, John Dickson Carr, E.C. Bentley, A.A. Milne—the list of household names goes on and on, their lives and affairs sometimes every bit as quirky and sensational as the fictional characters they created.
But I won’t spoil things by giving away any of the delights and revelations that lie within the pages of this fine book: they’re simply too good for words.
Martin Edwards is Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and a member of the Murder Squad. As the Detection Club’s present archivist, with access to whatever documents remain, he does himself—and the Club—proud, indeed.
The Golden Age of Murder is a rich gift from the past. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be slipping a copy under the tree of every mystery reader—and mystery writer—that you don’t feel like killing.
Alan Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Flavia de Luce series, the most recent of which, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, is out now in paperback and ebook. Follow Alan on Facebook or visit his website for more information.