This week we publish Elizabeth Ferrars, one of the best-loved, most prolific and distinguished crime writers of her generation.
Not only was each of her novels highly anticipated by her readers, but critics also praised her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries. She wrote over seventy novels, and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular.
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as ‘the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu’.
Born in 1907, she was still writing well into the 1980s, when she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the British Crime Writers Association, of which she had been a founding member in 1953.
The Sunday Times declared of her that ‘there are few detective-story writers as consistently good as Miss Ferrars’. This month we bring you a selection of titles from two of her series ‘detectives’ as well as a number of standalones, so you can make up your own mind.
Try Last Will and Testament, featuring Virginia Freer, whose estranged husband Felix never seems to be far from the action when a crime is committed; or The Crime and the Crystal, with Andrew Basnett, retired university professor, whose invitations to visit friends in quiet villages around Britain inevitably coincide with murder most foul.