“Even in a book of this length, it is impossible to explore in detail every issue touched on in the text. The notes provided at the end of each chapter, inevitably selective, seek to amplify some facets of the story of the Golden Age and its exponents, and to encourage further reading, research – and enjoyment.”
In The Golden Age of Murder, takes us back into a time when the murder mystery was perhaps at its height. The days between World Wars I and II was such an age when mystery writers were celebrities who had vastly different personalities, idiosyncrasies, and secrets. Many of these authors you have probably not heard of, I hadn’t, but you’ll certainly recognize Agatha Christie. All were a member of a semi-secret society called the Detection Club. The existence of the club was not a mystery, but the interworking of the club and the privacy of its members was.
“pledged to honour the rules of the game they played: ‘To do and detect all crimes by fair and reasonable means; to conceal no vital clues from the reader; to honour the King’s English … and to observe the oath of secrecy in all matters communicated to me within the brotherhood of the Club.”
As my first quote in this review suggests, this is a VERY long book filled with exquisite detail about the authors who belonged to the Club. I am going to admit that this was far more information than I needed. Author Martin Edwards is a current member of the Club and I could tell how beloved he is with the Club, its history, and its members.