Golden Age Treats
This Deadly Ilse: A Golden Age Mystery Map is a perfect gift for the GA fan in your life – or for yourself. It is attractively designed and the captions are written by Martin Edwards – need I say more? Some of the locations and the books associated with them were familiar to me – Agatha Christie’s Greenway in Devon, for instance, and my own village in Derbyshire is mentioned! – but many more were not. I’ve enjoyed some armchair travelling in good company and have picked up ideas for more GA reading.
I’ve mentioned in an earlier post that the splendid Galileo publishers are reprinting the novels of Clifford Witting. Dead on Time – one of the best – is out now. I’ve written about it here: https://promotingcrime.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-golden-age-clifford-whitting-1907.html. Like their earlier reprints, Dead on Time is very nicely produced with a lovely cover.
Galileo are not the only small publishers issuing reprints of GA titles. Oleander Press, also based in Cambridge, have brought out The Yorkshire Moorland Mystery (1930) by J. S. Fletcher and Murder at the College (1932) by Victor L. Whitechurch under the imprint Oreon. I am not a huge fan of Fletcher, but The Yorkshire Moorland Mystery was a decent read with plenty of plot twists. However Murder at the College was right up my street. I do love an academic mystery. Murder at the College is set in the fictional town of Exbridge, clearly modelled on Oxford or Cambridge. A seasoned reader of GA mysteries will probably guess at least one aspect of the solution, but that didn’t spoil my enjoyment.
So there we are, a round-up of welcome additions to what’s available in GA fiction. And there are more to come from both book publishers.