A few weeks ago I set in motion two rounds of voting to uncover which novels and short story c0llections from the British Library Crime Classics series are your favourites. If you’ve missed which titles were shortlisted after the first round of voting click here. However, for those of you who are up to date and chomping at the bit to see who won the coveted first place read on…
Group 1 Results: British Library Crime Classics – The Novels
10. Murder of a Lady by Antony Wynne
9. Antidote to Venom by Freeman Wills Crofts (The novels in positions 9-7 had the same number of votes)
8. The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts
7. Quick Curtain by Alan Melville
6. The 12:30 from Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts (which also shared the number of votes as no. 5)
5. Death of Anton by Alan Melville
4. Death of an Airman by Christopher St John Sprigg
And the Top 3 are:
Given last week’s results I was not too surprised that Freeman Wills Crofts’ novels permeated the Top 10 consistently, though it seems that Mystery in the Channel is by far the favourite out of the ones included. The top two favourite novels took a big lead ahead of the others, which confirms how much Farjeon’s novel captured public interest when it was reprinted. Berkeley’s novel is a genuine classic, so very pleased to see it reach 1st place.
Group 2 Results: British Crime Classics – Short Story Collections
Given the smaller size of this group I decided to do just a Top 3 for this category:
Not having read any of these collections I can’t say if this result is surprising or not, though it’s interesting to see a mixture of recent, older and seasonal collections. Looks like I’ll have to make some additions to my TBR pile.
So there we have it. The results are in and poisoned chocolates and locked room mysteries seem to be the zeitgeist of the moment. I’ve enjoyed doing this polling, as I’ve been surprised and intrigued at how diverse opinions are on the titles in the British Library series. It would be interesting to re-poll at a later date and see if those holding pride of place will still maintain their top positions or whether newer titles might steal the limelight instead. As always let me know what you think. Did your favourites make it to the top?