Of course, Martin has been involved in the gamut of crime and detective fiction over the years, so conversation had to be restricted to just a few key topics: his involvement with the British Library’s Crime Classics range — you may have heard of them — and his recent 1930s-set novel Mortmain Hall (2020), the second to feature the enigmatic Rachel Savernake.
But, Ed-Nerds need despair not! We also touch on how some of the earlier work in his career — like completing The Lazarus Widow (1999) from a manuscript started by Bill Knox, and historical fiction such as his novelising of the Dr. Crippen case in Dancing for the Hangman (2008) — has informed elements of his later writing. And we couldn’t not discuss The Golden Age of Murder (2015) and The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (2017), plus the upcoming Howdunit (2020) a collaborative work from members of the Detection Club both living and dead.
How did we fit all this into just over an hour of discussion? Click here to open in your browser or listen below to find out. I’m afraid the sound is a little glitchy at times — clearly Zoom was hosting a lot of meetings at the time — but that shouldn’t prove too great a distraction…
Thanks for listening, and my thanks once again for Martin for taking the time to talk to me — if you’re somehow unaware of his blog Do You Write Under Your Own Name?, you can find it here.
Thanks are also due, as always, to Jonny Berliner for the music; if you’re looking to do some learning while in lockdown, you should check out his SciTunes website here.