Golden Age Mystery

The Golden Age of mysteries is usually considered the 1920s and 1930s, although the style was written at least as early as 1911; the term can also refer to later-written mysteries which follow the same formulas and style.

Certain conventions and clichés were established that limited any surprises on the part of the reader to the details of the plot and, primarily, to the identity of the murderer. The majority of novels of that era were "whodunits", and several authors excelled, after misleading their readers successfully, in revealing the least likely suspect convincingly as the villain. There
...more

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wimsey, #1)
The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot, #13)
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17)
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
Strong Poison (Lord Peter Wimsey, #6)
And Then There Were None
Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot, #12)
The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey, #11)
The Man in the Brown Suit (Colonel Race, #1)
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)

Most Read This Week

Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries
Murder at the Manor: Country House Mysteries
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries

Related Genres

Ngaio Marsh
It's like one of those affairs in books," said Bailey disgustedly."Someone trying to think up a new way to do a murder. Silly, I call it." "What do you say, Roper?" said Alleyn. "To my way of thinking, sir," said Sergeant Roper, "these thrillers are ruining our criminal classes.
Ngaio Marsh, Overture to Death

Georgette Heyer
To start with, I know that the General didn't get on with his son, but seemed to prefer his nephew; I know that he disapproved violently of Miss de Silva, and behaved towards her with unparalleled cruelty." "How much?" interrupted Dinah. Harding replied with perfect gravity: "No absinthe, no shower in her bathroom..." "Did she tell you all that?" said Dinah. "Don't you think she's rather good value?" "Yes, but she wastes my time.
Georgette Heyer, The Unfinished Clue

More quotes...
Agatha Christie Centenary Celebration In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, we're g…more
96 members, last active 14 hours ago

Tags

Tags contributing to this page include: golden-age-mystery, golden-age-mysteries, and mystery-golden-age