British Library Crime Classics

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82 books · 65 voters · list created July 29th, 2015 by Tania (votes) .
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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky B Deleted the Inspector Levy books, Sherlock Holmes books, and Woman in White because they were not British Library Classic Crimes editions.


message 2: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 23, 2019 12:42AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Becky wrote: "Deleted the Inspector Levy books, Sherlock Holmes books, and Woman in White because they were not British Library Classic Crimes editions."

Be aware though that GR has a nasty habit of changing a book to the most popular edition...


message 3: by Becky (new)

Becky B Good to note. I checked and I could not find that any of the books removed even had a British Library Classic Crimes edition.


message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Smith I added E. C. R. Lorac's Fell Murder, due in 2020.

I don't know how to delete one, but there are two copies of Excellent Intentions on here.


message 5: by Tania (new)

Tania Goodreads changed the original, which was the correct edition, for the popular edition. Not being a librarian, I can't remove it, so added the BLCC edition.


message 6: by Michelle (last edited Jul 11, 2019 12:46PM) (new)

Michelle Smith Tania wrote: "Goodreads changed the original, which was the correct edition, for the popular edition. Not being a librarian, I can't remove it, so added the BLCC edition."

Oh, how annoying! I will join you in glaring at the interloper.


message 7: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady I'm a librarian and could perform a duplicates check. It would prevent duplicates and the votes for the removed one will be combined with/added to the one that stays. I can't influence which one stays and which one goes though.


message 8: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Smith Ah. At present, the one with the right cover has half as many votes as the other.


message 9: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Michelle wrote: "Ah. At present, the one with the right cover has half as many votes as the other."

Do you want me to perform a duplicates check?


message 10: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Smith I would say to let Tania make that call, since she's the one who added the correct edition and this might undo her work. :)


message 11: by Tania (new)

Tania I don't mind. I did add the correct one when it was switched, it would be nice to keep it tidy and remove the penguin one, I can't do it and I expect that the correct one would be the one that disappears if a check were done. I shall leave it too your discretion :-)


message 12: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 12, 2019 10:50AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Tania wrote: "I don't mind. I did add the correct one when it was switched, it would be nice to keep it tidy and remove the penguin one, I can't do it and I expect that the correct one would be the one that disa..."

I'll do a duplicate check then 😉 In my opinion it is worse to have a duplicate than an incorrect edition...


message 13: by Hugh Dunnett (last edited Dec 05, 2019 09:02AM) (new)

Hugh Dunnett Hello, 5 months later...
I hope no one minds but i have tried again to correct the list and deleted the 'Green Penguin' (as much as I love them!) and added the correct 'British Library' edition of Excellent intentions
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I also did it for Fell Murder!
I certainly wouldn't normally do this for any kind of 'vote for the best' type of list but I think the purpose of this list is to be a complete collection of British Library Crime Classics.
My apologies if this was not the original intention of the creator of the list :)


message 14: by S Richardson (new)

S Richardson I don’t think much of this list, it looks like an attempt to promote the solidly second rate to a position it’s authors most definitely do not deserve.....


message 15: by Hugh Dunnett (new)

Hugh Dunnett S Richardson wrote: "I don’t think much of this list, it looks like an attempt to promote the solidly second rate to a position it’s authors most definitely do not deserve....."

No promotion - just a nice collection of new covers for crime and mystery books originally published 50+ years ago. Certainly, some titles are better than others but many are excellent. You should really try some! :)


message 16: by Tania (new)

Tania Hugh Dunnett wrote: "Hello, 5 months later...
I hope no one minds but i have tried again to correct the list and deleted the 'Green Penguin' (as much as I love them!) and added the correct 'British Library' edition of ..."


Thank you for this.


message 17: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 02, 2020 09:07AM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Tania & Hugh Dunnett
Be aware though that GR has the nasty habit of changing an edition to the most popular one...


message 18: by S Richardson (new)

S Richardson S Richardson wrote: "I don’t think much of this list, it looks like an attempt to promote the solidly second rate to a position it’s authors most definitely do not deserve....."

I bothered to count the books I have read in this list, that would be 58 of them, I don’t count the compendiums edited by M Edwards. I see absolutely no reason to change the tone of my previous post.


message 19: by Robin (new)

Robin I'm not sure that Revelations of a Lady Detective by William Stephens Hayward is a British Library Crime Classic. I can't seem to find it on any BLCC lists. Waterstones seems to have the most current list with 80 books, including the ones coming soon (which the British Library seems to be missing)


message 20: by Robin (new)

Robin Also is Mr Bazalgette's Agent by Leonard Merrick a BLCC? I see that is was published by the British Library, but is it really part of the BLCC publisher's series? I don't see it on any other list.


message 21: by Hugh Dunnett (new)

Hugh Dunnett Robin wrote: "Also is Mr Bazalgette's Agent by Leonard Merrick a BLCC? I see that is was published by the British Library, but is it really part of the BLCC publisher's series? I ..."

I think you might be on to something Robin.
'Revelations of a Lady Detective' is simply published by BL and states nowhere I can find that it is part of the British Library Crime Classics collection.
'Mr. Bazalgette's Agent' may be more of a grey area - Waterstones list it as 'British Library Crime Classics' and it does state this on the cover but it certainly does have a different look and feel to the rest.
Finally, neither appear to be currently available/in print by BL. It makes sense to me to remove them both but what does the list creator Tania think?


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