I’ve been reading classic crime fiction since Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1999 and have finally settled on my niche being the classics of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. I’ll usually try most things from that era, and will commit to definitely reading something if it features an impossible crime. Elsewhere I’m a bit picky — I don’t really go in for a lot of contemporary crime writing, I’m afraid, and even I haven’t pinned down what my SF tastes are yet — but again will try practically anything where something happens that doesn’t seem possible but then turns out to’ve been perfectly rational all along. Some people have told me that this is because, as a mathematician, I have an innate love of logic and puzzles; I’m more inclined to think it’s just that I enjoy a good conceit well-explored.
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Thank you so much, invisible blogger. That was a lovely review of MH. Chicken soup for the soul. I’ve passed it on to Titan Publishing and other powers that be. (And is it wrong of me to like it not merely for the prose but for your perfect use of the M-dash?)
Passing on Kareem’s thanks as well…
Anna & Kareem
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Not at all; thank-you both for taking something which means so much to so many people and doing such an entertaining and respectful job with it. And please be writing more of them!
I came here, intrigued by the prospect of your analysis of Conan-Doyle. I must give Voyant a try.
Equally I’m going to have to have a play around with Gunning Fog and see what comes up; thank-you so much for bringing it to my attention…I can feel several lessons taking shape already!
My Bodies From The Library colleague John Curran is keen to talk with you about an idea regarding your podcasts and the 2019 BFTL Conference. I know no more than that but if you are interested in getting involved then get back to me and I will put you in touch with John.
Just wondering if you are familiar with Gigi Pandian?
Apparently she writes many locked room, impossible crimes in her short stories.
I came across her impossible crime work through an article she wrote on the Crimereads newsletter:
Keep up the great work.
The name rings a bell, I have a feeling I’ve read one of her short stories somewhere. Thanks, I’ll look into it!