Loving this #MarkAldridge #book so far. #agathachristie & now it’s given me an idea for a #Poirot-type story. What’s stunning is to learn how badly Agatha was treated by some book and magazine publishers. If they could do that to the best #crime #writer the world has ever seen it just goes to prove.... #maxtudormysteries #stjustmysteries #amwritingmystery #amwriting
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Attending (via Zoom) the UK-based Bodies from the Library conference, I was reminded of all the books from the Detection Club I've yet to read.
[Please note--the next Bodies from the Library conference will be held in person in the British Library in June 2022.]
If you're not familiar, here is a description of the invite-only club, from Wikipedia: "The Detection Club was formed in 1930 by a group of British mystery writers, including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Arthur Morrison, Hugh Walpole, John Rhode, Jessie Rickard, Baroness Emma Orczy, R. Austin Freeman, G. D. H. Cole, Margaret Cole, E. C. Bentley, Henry Wade, Constance Lindsay Taylor and H. C. Bailey. Anthony Berkeley was instrumental in setting up the club, and the first president was G. K. Chesterton. There was a fanciful initiation ritual with an oath probably written by either Chesterton or Sayers, and the club held regular dinner meetings in London."
They are still very much in operation, headed by Martin Edwards.
Some recommended reads: The Floating Admiral (1931), Ask a Policeman (1934), The Anatomy of a Murder (1936); Six Against the Yard (1936); The Verdict of Thirteen (1979); The Man Who… (1992); The Detection Collection (2005); The Verdict of Us All (2006); The Sinking Admiral (2016); Motives for Murder (2017).
And here's the latest: Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club (2020; edited by Martin Edwards, published by Collins Crime Club).
My TBR pile grows ever higher.
And which cope best.
It's not the old introvert/extrovert debate, as we thought. The people who impose a structure on their days do better than others. I found this fascinating, since my background is in psychology. Thought you might enjoy it, too:
A nearby neighbor with a green thumb. In fact, my entire neighborhood is filled with people of talent like this who go out of their way to create beauty. On my daily walk, my spirits are lifted by these efforts. So this is a thank you to my neighbors. This is just one way you've helped me and my husband get through the pandemic.
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.Agatha Award-winning author of the DCI St. Just mysteries, Max Tudor mysteries, standalone suspense novel WEYCOMBE, Augusta Hawke mysteries, and dozens of short stories. Books offered in all formats, including large print, e-Book, and audio.