Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards

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”

Review by Michael Dirda of "The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books," Washington Post, August 9th, 2017

“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”

Review by Jane Pek of "The Life of Crime" in the New York Times, August 30th, 2022

Interviews with Martin Edwards

The Best Golden Age Mysteries, recommended by Martin Edwards

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.

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