Apart from loving the content of this series, though I do think there are reasons why some of the authors have been forgotten, I also love the covers. Very thirties and beautifully produced, eye catching and almost impossible to pass by in a bookshop.
Two more popped through my letter box this week.
Serpents in Eden - Countryside Crimes. Those of us who are familiar with Miss Marple and St Mary Mead and the multiple Midsomer type murders that go on there will know full well that an assassin can lurk behind every rose bush and arsenic can be dispensed at the vicar's tea party. Here are a great collection of short stories, some authors I know well, some I have never heard of.
We start with a Conan Doyle story The Black Doctor, new to me, McDonnell Bodkin (great name) a rather overwrought florid style and sensation in the court room, but again great fun. Really enjoyed The Gyleston Slander by Herbert Jenkins and The Genuine Tabard by EC Bentley (this last I liked so much I have requested Trent's Last Case by this author from the library).
(Note: this book is not published until March 2016 but nothing to stop you putting it on your wishlist and I will remind you nearer the date).
So onto Murder at the Manor. The Manor House has long been a staple location for writers such as Ngaio Marsh and Agatha Christie et al. A group of disparate characters all gathered together, preferably snowed in and one of them a murderer. Great stuff. This collection, like Serpents in Eden, kicks off with a short story by Conan Doyle, a Sherlock this time, with which I was familiar so no surprises there, but then a hoot of a story by Hornung featuring Raffles which I loved and still more to come which I am working my way through.
(Note: this book is not published until February 2016 but nothing to stop you putting it on your wishlist and I will remind you nearer the date).
This series is edited by Martin Edwards (author of the Golden Age of Murder which I keep reminding you about) and produced by Rob Davies of the British Library and I am indebted to him for being so generous with review copies.
Delighted to say that both Martin and Rob will be appearing at the Felixstowe Book Festival next year (25/26 June 2016) so please put these dates in your brand new shiny diaries and come along for what I am sure will be a wonderful session.
I have already informed the director that this is one I wish to introduce....