The time has come again for some nerdy Golden Age Detection podcasting, and James Scott Byrnside is here to oblige with a discussion about some of the tropes we know and love from GAD fiction
After all, if you’re gonna have a discussion about tropes in detective fiction, you might as well have it with someone who has used them and so has an additional perspective on the why of tropes. Since James has already published two books — here are my thoughts on Goodnight Irene (2018) and The Opening Night Murders (2019) — and his third The Strange Case of the Barrington Hills Vampire (2020) is due out in the next week, and since all three are predicated on a firm love of the building blocks of classic era detection, he’s probably picked the perfect topic, hein?
So, prepare for…well, I’d hate to spoil any of the surprises, but, much like a classic novel of detection, you can certainly count on a few topics of conversation where James and I are involved: why Christianna Brand is so great, the joy of impossible crimes, the variable quality of Ellery Queen, shade being thrown at G.K. Chesterton…all this and more awaits! And are we back on the In GAD We Trust streak of references to the movies of Alfred Hitchcock? Roll up, roll up and see.
My thanks to James for his time and insight, to Jonny Berliner for the music, and to you for listening and playing along at home. These are always fun to record, and it’s lovely to be back having nerdy conversations about this kind of thing again. That someone else might also listen to it and get some enjoyment out of it is really something of a bonus. All I need to do now is find a way for this to pay my rent and I’m set for life…
Here, as promised, is Noah’s Golden Age of Detection Drinking Game. I have a feeling I may also have promised links to something else, too, so remind me of what that was if I did. It’s been a long week.
More podcast in a fortnight, when Moira, Brad, and I shall engage in a spoiler-filled discussion about The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) by Agatha Christie. So get it read and get ready for some…let’s be honest, gentle agreement. Tea and scones at twelve paces, everyone.