The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

In connection with my reading of Martin Edwards amazing resource The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books, I decided to create a bingo card using his chapter headings, and get this blog started!

Detection Club Bingo

Each square represents on of Martin’s chapters, and each image is a cover detail from one of the books mentioned in the chapter. My plan is to read something (and maybe more than one something) from each of the chapters!

1. A New Era Dawns: cover detail from The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Birth of the Golden Age:: cover detail from The Mystery of the Red House by A.A. Milne
3. The Great Detectives: Hercule Poirot as played by David Suchet
4. Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!: cover detail from The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Croft
5. Miraculous Murders: cover detail from Miraculous Murders anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
6. Serpents in Eden: cover detail from Serpents in Eden anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
7. Murder at the Manor: cover detail from Murder at the Manor anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
8. Capital Crimes: cover detail from Capital Crimes anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
9. Resorting to Murder: cover detail from Resorting to Murder anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
10. Making Fun of Murder: cover detail from Ask A Policeman by The Detection Club
11. Education, Education, Education: cover detail from Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
12. Playing Politics: cover detail from The End of Andrew Harrison by Freeman Wills Croft
13. Scientific Enquiries: cover detail from Death of an Airman by Christopher St. John Sprigg
14. The Long Arm of the Law: cover detail from The Long Arm of the Law anthology, edited by Martin Edwards
15. The Justice Game: cover detail from Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate
16. Multiplying Murders: cover detail from The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon
17. The Psychology of Crime: cover detail from Payment Deferred by C.S. Forester
18. Inverted Mysteries: cover detail from Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith
19. The Ironists: cover detail from Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
20. Fiction from Fact: cover detail from The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
21. Singletons: cover detail from Darkness at Pemberley by T.H. White
22. Across the Atlantic: cover detail from Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
23. Cosmopolitan Crimes: cover detail from Pietr the Latvian by Georges Simenon
24. The Way Ahead: cover detail from The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake


The Rue Morgue: Project Underway

Unbelievably, I set up this blog over a year ago, and then never did anything with it. I’ve come back to this page several times, thinking that I should get to work on the project I had planned for myself, and port some posts over here from a different blog. I’ve been off blogging for months, now, though, so the thought didn’t really appeal to me.

But, as it does, summer wanes, and turnsĀ to fall, and my mind turns to murder.

In organizing for this project, I’m still planning categories and tags, and trying to decide where I am headed. I started my last blog in connection with the Classics Club, and finished that project in a little over two years. I’m ready to be done with the blog that has hosted that project – I need to turn it into a book and move on. Of course, I have a couple hundred followers over there, and none over here, but that is fine by me, really. Most of my social connection happens on booklikes in any case, and I’ll be cross-posting over there. The problem with booklikes is that there really isn’t any organizational function to speak of, so keeping track of progress is difficult.

Generally, I want to focus on the following genres/categories:

  1. Gothic literature, both classic and more modern, which would include the category of new gothic or gothic romance that is represented by Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Michaels, Dorothy Eden and Madeleine Brent. Some of these authors have had their backlists published as kindle books, so they are easy to obtain, some are available used through various websites.
  2. Golden age mystery, including Agatha Christie: I did a Poirot project not long ago, and read them all. I posted about some of them, but most of them got by me without a write up and I am ready for a reread in any case. This category also includes Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham.
  3. British Library Crime Classics: I am in love with these editions and am really interested in getting to know some of these authors that have been neglected for many years.

In addition to those two main categories, anything that falls under the general umbrella of horror, mystery, espionage, supernatural or gothic is fair game over here, from Nordic Noir without a hint of supernatural, to YA horror/paranormal, including books like The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff, or Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough.

On of my main deterrents to blogging is related to images. I know that posting images is super-helpful in driving traffic, but since I don’t care about traffic, I’m seriously considering going image-free. I apologize to anyone who stumbles on this blog for what will probably look like a great wall of text most of the time. If there are images at all, they will probably be images of book covers and little else. Quite frankly, finding and uploadingĀ images is a time suck and a pain in the neck.