‘Poirot was silent a minute. Then he said:
“If you will be so good, M. Hardman, assemble everyone here. There are two possible solutions of this case. I want to lay them both before you all.” (Christie, Murder on the Orient Express, 1934).
I always think one of the best moments in a crime or detective novel is when you realise after X number of pages you’re finally going to find out whodunit.
On this blog, Crossing Examining Crime, I plan to mainly review crime fiction. As the quote above suggests, one of my favourite sub-genres of crime fiction is the Golden Age, but I also enjoy reading translated crime fiction. I will primarily be reviewing books, but occasionally I will comment on films, TV series and theatre productions.
I write articles regularly for CADs (Crime and Detective Stories) magazine and have been published in Mystery Scene Magazine and Mystery Readers Journal. I also have an entry in 100 Greatest Literary Detectives (2018), on Juanita Sheridan’s rather wonderful Lily Wu.
I am also running a vintage mystery book box subscription service. Click here for more details.
Finally to round off all this self-promoting malarkey I am very excited to announce I have compiled the puzzles for the British Library’s The Pocket Detective (2018) and its sequel The Pocket Detective 2 (2019). In June 2023 my next book, How to Survive a Classic Crime Novel, will also be published by the British Library.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your views on crime fiction, so don’t be shy!