In classic British crime fiction, dazzling detective work is often the province of a brilliant amateur - whereas the humble police detective cuts a hapless figure. The twelve stories collected here strike a blow for the professionals, with teasing mysteries to challenge hard-working police officers' persistence and scrupulous attention to detail. As in his previous anthologies for the British Library Crime Classics series, Martin Edwards introduces readers to fascinating neglected gems of British crime writing as well as uncovering lesser-known stories by the great novelists of the golden age. Each of these stories combines realism with entertainment, skillfully blending the conduct of a criminal investigation with a compelling murder-mystery plot.
Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer best known for two series of crime novels set in Liverpool and the Lake District. He is series consultant for British Library Crime Classics and the editor of six previous anthologies in the series, as well as being Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association and President of the Detection Club. The Golden Age of Murder, his study of the Detection Club, has won several awards since its publication in 2015.