Crime Fiction Legends - February 2021

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

The Tiger in the Smoke Cover Image
By Margery Allingham, Sara Paretsky (Introduction by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781509826780
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Published: Macmillan Collector's Library - May 16th, 2017

Official Selection:

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. 


A Murder Is Announced: A Miss Marple Mystery (Miss Marple Mysteries #5) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062073631
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 12th, 2011

Official Selection:

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. 


The Crime at Black Dudley (Albert Campion) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781448216666
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Published: Bloomsbury Reader - January 2nd, 2018

Bonus Recommendation:

If you’re looking to read more of Margery Allingham, start back at the beginning with the first Campion mystery.


The Daughter of Time Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780684803869
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Published: Scribner - November 29th, 1995

Bonus Recommendation:

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.