It’s always a good day when the next issue of CADs lands on my doorstep and this issue is no different, it’s hard to know where to start first, as there are so many intriguing sounding articles:
- Fans of John Street (who is best known under his pen names Miles Burton and John Rhode), will be pleased that in this issue there are two pieces on this author: ‘Open Verdict: The Life and Work of John Street Streets Ahead’ by Tony Medawar and ‘A Note on the Detective Fiction of John Rhode and Miles Burton’ by Philip L. Scowcroft.
- Geoff Bradley has also written a piece on Leslie Despard, a GAD author I have definitely not heard of. Have you? It is even more intriguing how Bradley came across the author, as he appeared in Basil Hogarth’s Writing Thrillers for Profit (1936).
- Earlier this year Harper Collins reprinted The Mystery of the Mud Flats (1913) by Maurice Moss, so an article by the man who wrote the introduction for this reprint, on Moss’ work, is certainly well timed.
- However it is not all about obscure authors as Lyn McConchie has written a piece on Sherlock Holmes and there are also articles on Leo Bruce (by Jamie Sturgeon), Anna Katharine Green (McConchie) and S. S. Van Dine (B. A. Pike).
- If you’re in the mood for something a bit different Nick Kimber has written a piece on the Japanese crime writing of Masako Togawa and there is also a piece by Liz Gilbey on Private Eyes.
For this issue I muse on the crossovers between Modernist Literature and Golden Age detective fiction. Be interested to see what readers make of this. Hopefully I don’t just give them a headache!
If this has whetted your appetite and you want to secure yourself a copy then email the editor, Geoff Bradley at Geoffcads@aol.com