CADS (Crime and Detective Stories) Magazine Issue 71: A Brief Survey

It’s always a good day when another issue of CADS comes through the post and I have been reading them steadily since I discovered this magazine a couple of years ago. There is always a wide variety of articles, reviews (on old and new books), favourites lists, and letters which help to feed my ever growing list of books I want to track down and read. Many well-known names in the world of crime fiction contribute such as Tony Medawar, John Curran, B. A. Pike, Mike Ripley and Martin Edwards and also some less well-known people such as myself! Looking forward to reading this issue as it seems to have some great looking articles, which I am keen to get stuck into such as:

  • O Mystery, Mystery! wherefore art thou a Mystery? by Niels H. Frandsen. A cursory reading of the introductory paragraph suggests this article looks at how mystery as a genre is an ill-used term.
  • The Saumarez Casebook by Malcolm J. Turnball, which looks at Sir John Saumarez who was Helen Simpson and Clemance Dane’s fictional sleuth.
  • Bodies from the Library: A Report on the Conference at the British Library on Golden Age Detection; held on 20 June 2015 by Scott Herbertson. A handy reminder for those of us who went, but also a useful summary for those who were unable to attend.
  • Coincidence in Detective Fiction: Dorothy L. Sayers and Freeman Wills Crofts in 1930-31 by Philip Scrowcroft. This is definitely an article I am intrigued by as mentally I find it hard to put the works of Sayers and Crofts in the same camp, viewing them as very different types.
  • Resolving “The Final Problem”: A Solution in Five Acts by Rafe McGregor, which looks at the famous Sherlock Holmes story.
  • Serendip’s Detections XVI: Roger Sheringham v Adolf Hitler (Round 2) by Tony Medawar, which again a cursory reading of the beginning shows that another new Roger Sheringham short story has come to light.

Not to blow one’s own trumpet but I have also have an article in this issue on Juanita Sheridan’s detective Lily Wu, (“My name is Wu. Lily Wu”: A Forgotten Gem from 1940s American Detective Fiction) which looks at how this character uses gender and racial stereotyping to her own advantage in her investigations. Also if you want to test how much you know about crime fiction around the world, you can try my quiz on that very topic in this issue also. (Trumpet blowing comes to an end).

If you are interested in getting a copy of CADs, contact the very hard working editor, publisher and contributor Geoff Bradley at: and with readers as far flung as Japan, Australia, Canada and Norway, this magazine is available to those outside of the UK, so you have no excuse not to give it a try.



  1. I do not know CADS and I do not know Lily Wu, but I do know how difficult it can be to get something published in even the most specialised of journals – hell, it’s gets harder the more specialised it is – so many congatulations! Very curious about that quiz, too…

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    • Thanks! Well I only found out about CADs through a post on The Passing Tramp blog and even then it took more digging to figure out how to get it. But it is a really good magazine, which each time covers a diverse range of writers, some modern, some Golden Age, some translated and I always come away with a list of titles I want to find.


    • Glad you liked my article and yeah it does seem a shame that Sheridan wrote so few Lily Wu novels. Though hopefully in the next few weeks I shall reviewing the third novel in the canon: The Mamo Murders.


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