Tag Archives: British Library Crime Classics

The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories [Edited by Martin Edwards]

Before I started my vintage crime book per month project this year, the only Vintage Crime Classics I had read were Sherlock Holmes books. I remember thinking back when I was reading them how utterly helpless Inspector Lestrade would have been without the help of Holmes he received from time to time in solving crimes. […]

Death Makes a Prophet by John Bude

For me, Death Makes a Prophet ranks up there with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd when it comes to vintage crime novels. From the instant I started reading this book, I’ve been struggling to see how/ why it took me so long to come across John Bude’s novels. Maybe it’s because crime fiction in that […]

The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

The plot The Z Murders occurs over a short time-span of a day and a half. The story starts at around 5 AM in the morning when Richard Temperley arrives at Euston station. Temperley is expected at his sister’s house, but he doesn’t want to go there too early and bother the servants. Instead, he […]

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

I must have been around fourteen-years-old the first time I read a vintage crime novel. It was A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie, and it did not leave much of an impression. I was still learning English at the time – it is not my mother-tongue, which in retrospect might have been a factor. But other […]