Let’s get the new year off to a happy start by showing some appreciation for contemporary authors who make life difficult for themselves by upholding the traditions of Golden Age detective fiction in their own works. And, if you want to discuss modern detective fiction, few are better-placed than Puzzle Doctor, a.k.a. Steve from In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel.
Precisely what qualifies as “the traditions of Golden Age detective fiction” is, of course, up for some debate, and so betweentimes we also veer into a few side alleys regarding the history and perception of the genre. I can’t think there’s too much here to generate any contestation, but we weren’t trying to: sometimes it’s just nice to show appreciation for people who do a thing you like, and it’s always fun to discuss detective fiction with similarly nerdy, and such well-read, people.
And, if for some reason the idea of modern detective fiction doesn’t appeal to you, we also touch on one of Steve’s passions with a wonderful-sounding mystery by John Rhode. So make a note and get hassling HarperCollins to add it to their Rhode reissues…!
Thanks are due of course to Steve for taking part, to Jonny Berliner for the music, to you for being an audience, and to all the authors mentioned herein — and tagged below, if you’re curious ahead of time — for perpetrating a tradition that gives so many of us such pleasure.
More In GAD We Trust in a fortnight, and then — two weeks after that — Brad, Moira, and I will be discussing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) by Agatha Christie in spoiler-rich detail: that episode is going live on 30th January 2021, so if you want to read the book in advance there’s still plenty of time.
In the meantime, stay safe and well; here’s hoping 2021 gets off to the start you’re looking for (only with better grammar…).
All episode of In GAD We Trust can be found on the blog here.