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CIS: Dorothy L Sayers and Fenland

Dorothy L Sayers was one of the greats of The Golden Age of crime fiction. Her two most celebrated characters, Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, inhabit an England that is long dead, and exist in a society whose values, dress and language are museum…
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CIS: The Best of Dorothy L Sayers

Dorothy L Sayers may not be quite as much of a household name worldwide as Agatha Christie, but is thought by many to be the better writer. Funnier, more nuanced and unafraid to address social issues, Sayers is often cited as an inspiration by authors…
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A Gentleman's Murder

Written by Christopher Huang — The year is 1924. In the Britannia Club, a swanky London gentlemen’s club exclusively for those who served in World War I, a friendly wager has been placed. The bet is between Captain Mortimer Wolfe and Albert Benson, a conscientious objector…
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CIS: My classics by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is one of the UK’s leading crime writers and, in time, there’s little doubt that her novels will rank as classics. In the 1986 she broke onto the scene with A Bird in the Hand, combining her interest in ornithology with a tale…
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The Allingham Casebook

Written by Margery Allingham — Writing a short story is like packing for a low cost holiday. When you’ve got a limit on how much you can put in, you have to make choices. You have to make sacrifices. This collection of 18 stories by Golden…
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Rogues' Holiday

Written by Margery Allingham writing as Maxwell March — The Golden Age author Margery Allingham is often lauded as a worthy contemporary of the beloved Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers. Allingham’s work deals with the same puzzle-like structure that British crime fiction from the 1920s and 30s…
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CIS: The lasting legacy of The Moonstone

Although its claim to be as the first detective story in the English language is often disputed by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue (published more than 25 years earlier), The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is certainly the first full-length novel where a detective systematically examines clues and follows leads. It has…
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CIS: Lost gems of the Golden Age

There’s something inherently appealing about the best of the Golden Age – novels that have stood the test of time, which you can revisit anytime and be sure of a tight story and satisfying conclusion. Yet not every Golden Age novel has fared so well….
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