Selections From The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

In 2018, Martin Edwards, crime author and editor of 38 crime anthologies, published The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books in which he explores the development of crime fiction from 1901 to 1950 and offers up not only 100 novels, but also recommends a number of other titles. In the opening paragraph of his introduction, Martin Edwards says, “ This book tells the story of crime fiction published during the first half of the twentieth century. I see it as a tale of the unexpected. The diversity of this much-loved genre is breathtaking, and so much greater than many critics have suggested. To illustrate this, I have chosen one hundred examples of books which highlight the achievements, and sometimes the limitations, of popular fiction of that era.”

The members of the Crime and Mystery Book Club from the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library picked out and read the following books from this list:

Murder of a Lady (1931) by Anthony Wynne

Murder at Cambridge (1932) by Q Patrick

The Middle Temple Murders (1922) by J.S. Fletcher

The Blotting Book (1908) by E.F. Benson

Clouds of Witness (1923) by Dorothy L Sayers

The Case of the Late Pig (1937) by Margery Allingham

The Nursing Home Murders (1935) by Ngaio Marsh

Death at Broadcasting House (1934) by Val Gielgud and Holt Marvell

The Moving Toy Shop (1946) by Edmund Crispin

The Hollow Man (1935) by John Dickson Carr

Trent’s Last Case (1913) by E.C. Bentley

The Red House Mystery (1922) by A.A. Milne

The Mystery of the Butcher’s Shop (1930) by Gladys Mitchell

The Perfect Murder Case (1929) by Christopher Bush

At the Villa Rose (1928) by A.E.W. Mason

A Selection of Crime Stories Involving Tourism or Travel

Some More Recommendations of Historical Crime

Some Crime Novels Featuring Religion

Favourite Crime Novels Read During 2018

Books by Authors whose names begin with 'S'

Locked Room Mysteries We Have Read

Murder by an Unusual Method

There Are Quite a Few Sherlock Holmes Stories Not Written by Arthur Conan Doyle

Espionage in Crime and Mystery Novels

Favourite Characters in Crime and Mystery Novels

In this meeting, the Crime and Mystery Book Club at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library discussed our favourite characters from the genre. Here are the books and characters:

Court Counsellor Fandorin from Special Assignments by Boris Akunin

Simon Templar from The Saint by Leslie Charteris

Phryne Fisher from Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood

Aimée Leduc from Murder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black

Captain Richard Gaudeans from The Blindfold Game by Donald Thomas

Clara Vine from Black Roses by Jane Thynne

Marcus Didius Falco from The Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis

Inspector Shan Tao Yun from Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison

Inspector Chen from Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong

Miss Marple from At Bertram Hotel by Agatha Christie

Richard Hannay from The 39 Steps by John Buchan

Lew Archer from The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

Tommy and Tuppence from Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie

John Smiley from Smiley's People by John LeCarre

Jackson Brodie from One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat from The Soldier's Curse by Meg and Tom Keneally

Hugo Marston from The Bookseller by Mark Pryor

Father Anselm from The Silent Ones by William Brodrick

Professor Simon Shaw from Simon Said by Sarah R Shaber

Stewart Hoag from The Man Who Died Laughing by David Handler

Father Brown from The Innocence of Father Brown by GK Chesterton

Lovejoy from The Judas Pair by Jonathan Gash

Jesper Humlin from The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell

Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn from Skinwalkers by Tony Hillerman

Ian Pembroke from Hot Money by Dick Francis

Kramer and Zondi from The Steam Pig by James McClure

Emily Tempest from Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland

Enzo Macleod from The Blackhouse by Peter May

Agnes Charmichael from Angel Without Mercy by Anthea Cohen

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Dalgleish from Cover Her Face by PD James

Crime & Mystery set in Los Angeles

Our focus for this meeting of the Crime and Mystery Book Club of the Library of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts was the location of Los Angeles, USA. There were a variety of books and authors read, the ones you expect and a couple of wild cards. Here they are in no particular order:

Switch Blade; The Wrong Side of Goodbye, Trunk Music by Michael Connelly  

City of Echoes by Robert Ellis

The Pictures by Guy Bolton

The Monkey's Raincoat; The Sentry by Robert Crais

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

The Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder by Steve Hodel

Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods

The Final Analysis of Dr Stark by Joseph Telushkin

Case Pending; Knave of Hearts by Dell Shannon

Malicious Mischief by Lesley Egan (AKA Dell Shannon) 

The Big Sleep; Farewell My Lovely; The Lady In The Lake by Raymond Chandler

The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

To Fetch A Thief by Spencer Quinn

The Kept Girl by Kim Cooper

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

The Song is You by Megan Abbott

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Crime Novels Set or Written in the 1930s

Crime Books Read Over The Australian Summer

The Crime and Mystery Book Club from the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts Library read many novels over the summer holidays. Here is a list of the ones that were crime and mystery books:

The King of the Rainy Country By Nicolas Freeling

Snobbery With Violence by Marion Chesney

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

High Island Blues by Ann Cleeves

The Accident on A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Out of The Ice by Ann Turner

Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson

The Age of Doubt by Andrea Camilleri

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

End Game by David Baldacci

Anatomy of A Murder by Robert Traver

The Bitter Taste of Victory by Lara Feigel

Houdini, A Magician Amongst the Spirits by Harry Houdini

The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum   

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer

Blood, Money and Power - How L.B.J. killed J.F.K. by Barr McClellan

Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky

After the Fire by Henning Mankell

X by Sue Grafton

Police At The Station And They Don't Look Friendly; Hidden River by Adrian McKinty

Open Season by Archer Mayor

In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell

Good Money; Too Easy by J.M. Green

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre

Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The Accident Man by Tom Cain

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder

The Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

The  Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

Beware of Johnny Washington by Francis Durbridge

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Mistletoe Murders by P.D. James

Don Among the Dead by C.E. Vulliamy

The Red Box by Rex Stout

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump by 27 Psychiatrists

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon

No Middle Name by Lee Childs

The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

Even Dogs In The Wild by Ian Rankin

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde

Vienna by William S Kirby

SMSA Library Crime & Mystery Book Club Favourite Stories of 2017