It doesn’t feel like it has been that long since the previous issue, but today I had the pleasant surprise of finding this issue on my doorstep. As I’ve long come to expect this issue with packs of tonnes of great articles. From Philip L. Scrowcroft we have a piece on Sexton Blake, whilst John Cooper continues his series of articles looking at vintage crime short stories which should be reprinted, covering pieces by Josephine Bell, Christianna Brand, Freeman Wills Crofts, Joan Fleming, Cyril Hare, E. C. R. Lorac, amongst others. The short story theme is continued with Tony Medawar, who I am sure must live in the British Library and other places of research, as his article for this issue is looking at ‘five short stories from the Aberdeen Evening Express, by Josephine Bell, Roy Vickers, Michael Gilbert, Julian Symons and Dorothy Eden.’
Curtis Evans has also contributed a piece to this issue on Herbert Adams, which I am intrigued to read, as whilst I have heard of this author, I’ve yet to sample any of his work. Other titles which grabbed my attention include: The Crime Fiction Reviews of Arthur Ransome by Peter Calamai, Vernon Loder: The Shop Window Murders by Nigel Moss and Pen Pushers: Dorothy L. Sayers and Agatha Christie, which contains two poems by the mysterious B. W., originally published in the 1930s in The Bystander and found for this magazine by Tony Medawar. For this issue I also contributed a two-part piece on the genre hybridity of Annie Haynes’ novels and how this hybridity is used to explore female experience.
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