‘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 the upcoming publication Sleuths, Private Eyes, and Policemen: An International Compendium of the 100 Greatest Literary Detectives, which should be released April 2018.
I am also running a vintage mystery book box subscription. Click here for more details.
Finally I am very excited to announce that the British Library Crime Classics team are publishing – The Pocket Detective – this autumn, a puzzle book compiled by myself, with the puzzles focusing on the titles in their Crime Classics series.
I’m really looking forward to hearing your views on crime fiction, so don’t be shy!