Martin Edwards has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating, Macavity, Poirot and Dagger Awards and is President of the Detection Club. In 2020 he was awarded the Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to crime fiction. Martin is the consultant to the British Library’s bestselling crime classics. He has been the Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and is the award-winning author of The Golden Age of Murder.
Books by Martin Edwards
“To my mind, Edwards particularly shines in the prefatory essays to his 24 categories, in which he mentions some of his own favorite books”
“The Life of Crime is at its strongest when it focuses on one or both elements of its subtitle: pinpointing the developments of the genre — especially within a wider historical context — and engaging in discussion of individual authors”
Interviews with Martin Edwards
The Detective Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: Three Tales Featuring C. Auguste Dupin
by Edgar Allan Poe
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
by Gaston Leroux
The Third Bullet and Other Stories
by John Dickson Carr
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
by Agatha Christie
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
by Ross and Shika Mackenzie (translators) & Soji Shimada
Partly as a response to the horrors of World War I, the 1920s and 30s saw a surge in the writing of whodunnits, a period often referred to as the ‘golden age’ of mystery writing. Here, Martin Edwards, one of the leading experts on the genre, picks out some key works, with a special focus on ‘locked room’ mysteries.