The Golden Age Queens of Crime: Christie -- Sayers -- Marsh -- Allingham -- Wentworth (fiction)

The best novels and short stories by the five ladies who, in the early decades of the 20th century, took up the gauntlet thrown by Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle.

(NOTE: Please limit votes and contributions to the five authors specified in this list's title. Also, please stick to books BY these ladies themselves, NOT ABOUT them -- and only ORIGINAL works, please; no translations, such as Sayers's translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy," nor books completed by others, such as Jill Paton Walsh's "Thrones, Dominations" et seq.)



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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There's a Ngaio Marsh I'm trying to think of - it's a second murder at the (re-named) Vulcan Theater. Can't remember the name of it for the life of me.


message 2: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Mar 08, 2010 02:09AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "There's a Ngaio Marsh I'm trying to think of - it's a second murder at the (re-named) Vulcan Theater. Can't remember the name of it for the life of me."

In "Night at the Vulcan" (a/k/a "Opening Night"), there's a reference to a murder committed in the "green room" of the same theatre -- then named differently -- some years previous. If memory serves, that first crime is the one that Alleyn has to solve in "Enter a Murderer."

ETA: In "Enter a Murderer," the theatre in question is called "The Unicorn" (looked it up).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Ah, that's why Night at the Vulcan didn't ring any bells - "Opening Night" is the title I remember.

Thanks!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) You're welcome.

"Opening Night" is the book's British title, "Night at the Vulcan" the American one. Why they felt they had to rename THAT one is entirely beyond me, though ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, we bought it in the U.K., some 25 years ago.


message 6: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Patricia Wentworth doesn't ring any bells for me.

And, for whatever reason, Marsh has always just put me to sleep.

I recently picked up the first Margery Allingham.

Read all of the Sayers and most of the Christies. But she wrote so many I've started re-reading them and then half the time I can't remember whether I read it before or not.

I got an a mystery jag in college and that was over 30 years ago.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't think I've ever read a Wentworth. I've read something, or a lot of, or even all of, the others.


message 8: by Jo (new)

Jo I've read one Wentworth...probably decades ago. Unlike Jan, I absolutely ADORE Ngaio Marsh. I was contributing editor of the Ngaio Marsh Society International newsletter. I love the way Marsh's plots are character-driven -- resulting from directing her Shakespearean plays et al. I also love Josephine Tey -- especially Daughter of Time.


message 9: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Well it was Daughter of Time that got me started on mysteries when I was in college. Who would ever think of a professor recommending reading a mystery? But that's what happened.

I am almost ready to read it again, once I finish The Man in the Queue.


message 10: by Jo (new)

Jo Wow, Man in the Queue got me hooked on Tey. Have you ever read anything that she wrote under her real name?


message 11: by Jan C (new)

Jan C I don't think so. What's her real name?


message 12: by Jo (new)

Jo Elizabeth Mackintosh. She wrote on other subjects-- theater, too, I think.


message 13: by Jan C (new)

Jan C I'll check her out.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Jo wrote: "I've read one Wentworth...probably decades ago. Unlike Jan, I absolutely ADORE Ngaio Marsh. I was contributing editor of the Ngaio Marsh Society International newsletter. I love the way Marsh's plots are character-driven -- resulting from directing her Shakespearean plays et al. ..."

Yes, that exactly what I love about her books as well! Also the way she is able to establish character virtually by a single stroke of pen. Clearly her "day job" had a huge impact on her writing -- I think those of her mysteries set in the world of the theater are among her overall best!


message 15: by Jo (new)

Jo I've been absent for quite a while, I realize, but I'd like to ask a question. Does anyone know where I could find a "reasonably priced" copy of Ngaio Marsh's autobiography "Black Beech and Honeydew" -- but the second edition? The one in which she speaks more of her writing. Thanks in advance for any ideas.


message 16: by Melanie (new)

Melanie You left out Josephine Tey. She and Sayers are my favorites. Tey only wrote 8 mysteries and died young, but should be included in this list.


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