March MysteryKIT - Golden Age
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Welcome to the March MysteryKIT! This month we're highlighting Golden Age Mysteries. These are usually books written in the 1920s and 1930s although some folks expand that to include newer books that are written in the same formula and style.
If you think a book fits the category, I'm not going to argue! Read what you feel fits!
Here's a tagged list: https://www.librarything.com/tag/Golden+Age+Mysteries
Don't forget to update the wiki: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/MysteryKIT_2020#March:_-_Theme:_Golden_A...
I do love a Golden Age mystery! Right now I'm planning on Cold Steal by Alice Tilton (a.k.a. Phoebe Atwood Taylor), which was first published in 1939.
Confession - I have never read an Agatha Christie! So I will definitely have to choose one.
Or the next month of the Lord Peter group read.
>6 clue: I think the reason I have never read Christie is that I cannot seem to get the order straight. Is there any real order? I know there are different 'sets' and I am guessing there are probably some stand alones as well. There are so many I find it all a bit daunting!
I will read the Dorothy L. Sayers book corresponding to the group read. I think it's Unnatural Death. I suspect I'll be finishing the February one in March if the audio doesn't come in soon, but since I have a long drive on the 29th, there's a little chance I might finish it that day if it comes in before then.
>8 JayneCM: I am reading her complete ouevre as a long term project and am just going by chronological order according to wikipedia.
>11 JayneCM:. If you are doing the BingoDOG challenge, The Mysterious Affair at Styles will qualify for the published in 1820 or 1920 square since it was published in 1920.
I will most likely be reading Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham.
I'm not sure if I'll do this one. I have nothing obvious on the tbr. I have a few mysteries set in the 1920s and 1930s, but I'm not sure they really fit.
A Cast of Killers / Sydney D. Kirkpatrick
I'll be reading the next up in my Agatha Christie reread project - The Witness for the Prosecution.
I am a fan of the GA mysteries so I will probably read several :)
I will definitely be reading:
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (1927) along with >9 thornton37814:
The Stoneware Monkey by R. Austin Freeman (1938)
Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout (1966)
I will probably read The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer (1934) unless I read it in Feb. & maybe a Nicholas Blake or Edmund Crispin or Michael Innes...
>8 JayneCM: Just wanted to say that there's absolutely no need to read Agatha Christie's books in order, unless of course you want to! The later books don't spoil the earlier ones (at most you'll get an oblique reference, but nothing that gives anything away), and there are no story arcs that span multiple books.
>18 christina_reads: I thought that might be so. I guess it is just my love of order that makes me want to have some sort of plan for reading them!
I'm going to read Agatha Christie of course! It will be Murder in Mesopotamiafor me. It's always fun when I find a book of here that I haven't read yet.
The first Maigret books were written in the thirties, so I'm eyeing one of those.
I have The Poisoned Chocolates Case in the stacks, and I might also read an Agatha Christie.
I started the month off with a classic Dorothy Sayers. Gaudy Night was excellent.
>26 DeltaQueen50: I too started off with a Dorothy Sayers - in my case, Unnatural Death (1927). The Ian Carmichael audiobook was excellent and Miss Climpson is such a fun character!
I then proceeded to a Nero Wolfe book - The Father Hunt (1968). It might be considered late for the Golden Age but Stout started writing this series in the 1930s and its style is definitely GA.
I will find something for the Golden Age in case the Dorothy Sayers book doesn't arrive in time to complete. It's still showing 4 weeks estimate. I probably won't look until I get home from the Outer Banks though.
I have finished Un crime en Hollande, first published in 1931, where Maigret has a case in the Netherlands. A little odd, compared to others, as Maigret doesn't have a word of Dutch and must rely on translation to solve the case.
I finished The Carter of 'La Providence' by Georges Simenon, also known as "The Crime at Lock 14" (1931). I think that the new title came with the new translation by David Coward...
>33 leslie.98: An amazing number of the early Maigrets are set on the seaside or on the canals.
I impulsively decided to reread Glimpses of the Moon by Edmund Crispin -- partly because G fits this month's AlphaKIT. This is another whose date is later than might be expected (1977) but it is the last book of a series started in the 1940s.
>39 leslie.98: He must have been what we call a restless soul, always on the move.
And I have finished L'écluse N°1 which was unusual in many ways. Maigret has given notice and plans to quit the police, his wife is off furnishing their new house. And he spends most of his time in the company of a shipping company boss who was assaulted with a knife one night, trying to get to the root of the matter. His inspector drops in from time to time with the rresults of routine inquiries while Maigret plays a cat-and-mouse game with Ducrou who is a selfmade man, rising from a simple barge sailor to owning many ships and quarries. The descriptions of the Seine in Paris made me quite nostalgic.
I attended a live performance of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I read the book several times in the past. I have seen both versions of the film, and also a different live performance of this story. The actor who played Poirot in the stage version yesterday portrayed the detective quite well, and had mastered the little mannerisms. The scene changes were accomplished by a revolving stage, and the settings were established through the use of projections. This was quite an enjoyable afternoon at the theater.
I am starting Patricia Wentworth's Grey Mask, published in 1928; it's the first book in her Miss Silver series.
I just finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. I am usually pretty good at figuring out the guilty parties by the end of the book, but this one threw me off! I had the motive correct, but not the means or opportunity or the actual perps. No wonder they called her the Queen of Mystery Writers. 5 stars
I have completed Dancers in Mourning, the 9th book in the Albert Campion series by Margery Allingham.
I have finished The Puzzle of the Silver Persian by Stuart Palmer (1934). Miss Withers was a bit off her usual game but the mystery was very good.
I am also counting Unnatural death by Dorothy Sayers here, first published in 1927.
I'm listening to Unnatural Death. I usually only listen when I commute, but I will likely make exceptions this time. I'm driving around less because of COVID-19, and just found out today that the person who is manning chat reference for a few hours after the library closes doesn't report to the physical library that day. That means I would drive only 4 days instead of 5--and that's assuming we don't move to working remotely. By the time I get home this afternoon, I'll have less than 2 hours remaining so if I listen an hour on Saturday and an hour on Sunday, I'll finish it over the weekend.
I just finished reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, which also qualified for the BingoDOG square published in 1820 or 1920 since it was published in 1920. This was the first Hercule Poirot mystery, and I did not think it was a good as many of the others. I thought that he was being too secretive, and the story dragged. However, I liked the ending. My edition gave 2 versions of chapter 12, "The Last Link," both the one originally published and an earlier, unpublished version.
The first Inspector Lamb book, The Blind Side (1939), was quite good even without Miss Silver!
I've completed The Norths Meet Murder by Francis and Richard Lockridge. This was a wildly successful novel when it was published in 1940 and became the first in a long series. More important to me than the mystery, although it was fine, was the private and social life of a sophisticated upper class couple living in Greenwich Village between the wars.
>59 NinieB: I just read that yesterday. The history behind this series seems to be a muddle with some accrediting Francis with the idea and some Richard. After her death I have read that Richard said she had nothing to do with it although her name shows as an author on the books published before she died. One way or the other I enjoyed this one regardless of who did what.
>58 clue: - That was a fun mystery. I haven't read anything else in the series but probably will someday.
>64 JayneCM: Me too. I don't think I read it before, as nothing felt familiar. Enjoyable as always with DLS.
I really need to fit in an Agatha Christie! Right now I am starting Nicholas Blake's The Dreadful Hollow (1953).
I just finished listening to Unnatural Death. It's also my favorite Lord Peter so far.
I have started Christianna Brand's 4th Inspector Cockrill book - Death of Jezebel (1949). I have been enjoying reading these GA authors, many of whom I have been neglecting in recent years!
Like many others, I reread Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (1927) - Miss Climpson is a joy.
I also read Murder in Piccadilly by Charles Kingston (1936), which was re-released as part of Poisoned Pen Press' British Library Crime Classics series. Unfortunately, I can't really recommend it. With the possible exception of one character, I didn't like anyone and truly didn't care what happened.
>70 Dejah_Thoris: I have Kingston's on my Kindle app, but I don't think I'll get to it this month.
The one I was planning to read was ordered via ILL at my library. If the libraries ever reopen and it comes for me, I will report it then.
Death of Jezebel was excellent - I never came close to figuring it out but all the clues were there. Now I am trying to squeeze in one more GA mystery before the month ends with Crossword Mystery by E.R. Punshon (1934)...
>72 LibraryCin: Do you read ebooks or online at all? Open Library is a free digital library and during this time of social distancing, it has made all its books available with no holds. Maybe it has your book! All you need is an email address to sign up:
>73 leslie.98: Hey, look at that! It's audio only, though. I have two audios going at the moment, one of them super-long... I'll try to remember to check in when I'm caught up with what I already have.
Thanks for the link!
ETA: As I look closer, the ebook is also available. Thank you!
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