This month I thought it would be fun to visit a couple masters of the Golden Age, but more specifically, their reflections on WWII. We have two very different books here. - McKenna
Allingham, the author of the Albert Campion series, has written a dark serial killer mystery, The Tiger in the Smoke (‘52) set in a foggy London with a different tone that you would expect from her more traditional Golden-Age forays.
When looking at Christie, the most-discussed WWII mystery of hers is N or M, a spy thriller featuring Tommy & Tuppence. However, I chose a book frequently listed as one of her absolute best, and one of her own personal favorites - A Murder Is Announced (‘50), in which we find Miss Marple investigating a mystery in a small village facing the realities of post-WWII village life - rationing, sons lost to war, and a landscape reflecting the realities of a changed world.
If you’re looking to read more of Margery Allingham, start back at the beginning with the first Campion mystery.
Tey’s last mystery, written in 1951, this mystery exploring the crimes of Richard III is widely considered one of the greatest mysteries of all time.