Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Martin Edwards' top 10 books about crime fiction

Martin Edwards is a prolific crime novelist and story writer. His many books and stories include the Lake District mysteries featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett and historian Daniel Kind.

In July 2007 he contributed to the Page 99 Test: The Arsenic Labyrinth.

At his website he accurately notes "a continuing appetite for information about" crime fiction and has posted a list of "10 fascinating books about crime fiction."

Two titles, and Edwards' argument for them, from the list:
Julian Symons – Bloody Murder

Robert Adey – Locked Room Murders

Symons’ book is an enduring masterpiece of literary criticism in the field of popular fiction. You may disagree with his judgments – no matter: he welcomed ‘reasoned contradiction’. Bob Adey’s niche book is sheer, unadulterated pleasure for fans of the impossible crime.
Check out the other eight titles on the list.

Visit Martin Edwards' new crime writing blog: 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'

--Marshal Zeringue