Thursday, January 9, 2020

Ten top mysteries from the early 20th century

Eliza Casey is a pseudonym for a multipublished author. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.

Her new novel is Lady Takes the Case.

At CrimeReads, Casey tagged ten favorite stories from the early 20th century, including:
The Lord Peter Wimsey series, Dorothy Sayers

I do love the Ian Carmichael series from the “golden age” of “Masterpiece” in the 1970s! (as well as the Sayers books). In these complicated mysteries solved by a complicated character, Lord Peter is eccentric, lighthearted, a bit foppish—but only on the surface, for he suffers from after-effects of his war service, which also helps to make him compassionate and perceptive. Complex plots and fascinating glimpses into English “village life” round it out. (There’s also a great romance later on, with Lord Peter’s university-educated, mystery novel-author love Harriet Vane, a “New Woman” like Lady Cecilia might become!)
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue