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

Favourite Crime Novels Read During 2018

Locked Room Mysteries We Have Read

Crime Novels Set or Written in the 1930s