Thursday, 14 August 2014

Breaking News....The Golden Age of Murder

I'm probably as excited about this post as about any of the others (nearly 2000!) that I can remember adding to this blog. So excited, in fact, that I'll let the press release do the talking for me - for the time being, anyway...


"In a world rights deal HarperCollins has acquired from James Wills of Watson, Little Ltd the publishing rights to The Golden Age of Murder, a real-life detective story investigating how Agatha Christie and her colleagues in the secretive Detection Club transformed crime fiction, writing books that cast new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their own darkest secrets.


The book is written by the award-winning crime-writer Martin Edwards, author of 17 crime novels and 8 non-fiction books. Edwards is Archivist for both the Detection Club and the Crime Writers’ Association, and is a renowned expert on Golden Age detective fiction.



David Brawn, Publisher of Estates at HarperCollins, commented: ‘This ground-breaking study of detective fiction from between the wars captures how the social and political turbulence of the times impacted on authors and the appetites of their readers. Martin’s revelations about many of these colourful and turbulent writers, whose risky private lives inspired their more daring novels, provide a whole new insight into the generation of authors who created the prototypes for books we all still love today.’



Martin Edwards said: ‘The Golden Age of Murder seeks to overturn familiar stereotypes, and look at classic detective fiction in a fresh way. The years of research felt just like detective work, as I set out to solve the mysteries surrounding the Detection Club and its members. The best novels of the Golden Age are among the most popular and influential entertainments ever written, and the people who wrote them were even more fascinating. As interest in their fiction reaches new heights, this is the perfect time to reveal their untold stories.’



The Golden Age of Murder: Solving the Mysteries of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story will be published in hardback in May 2015."

17 comments:

Sarah said...

Huge congratulations, Martin

pattinase (abbott) said...

Brilliant, Martin. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it.

Jessica Mann said...

That's really excellent news, Martin, I'm delighted - congratulations.

Les Blatt said...

Can't wait to see it!

John said...

Very exciting! Congratulations all around. Can't want to see and read the book.

Roberta Rood said...

Martin, what terrific news! Can't wait to read it - I know it will be wonderful. Congratulations on this distinguished achievement.

Jeffrey Marks said...

Looking forward to you.

jiescribano said...

Congratulations Martin. I'm looking forward to reading it.

John Martin said...

Fantastic. It is an area that needed a really authentic voice - and it's got one. I can't wait to read it. Congratulations!

lyn said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

Luca Veste said...

Excellent news, Martin! Huge congrats :-)

harriet said...

I can hardly wait! Many congrats,

janerisdon said...

Martin this is awesome. Congratulations and well done. What a feat. I cannot wait to read it. So pleased for you.

Martin Edwards said...

Thank you so much for these very kind comments and for sharing in my pleasure. And now, I'm off to the St Hilda's conference, where I'll be giving a talk about...the Golden Age

Peggy Ann said...

Congratulations can't wait to read it!

Juxtabook said...

Wonderful! Looking forward to it already!

MrTUTT said...

I look forward to reading this book