This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 15
tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form,
including a newly discovered Gervase Fen novella by Edmund Crispin that
has never previously been published.
With the Golden Age of detective fiction shining ever more brightly with the
increasing availability of many long forgotten classic crime novels from the first
half of the twentieth century, the publication of Bodies from the Library in 2018
was an unexpected treat for fans of some of the genre’s cleverest and most
popular writers. With lost stories by authors including Georgette Heyer, A.A.
Milne, Anthony Berkeley, Nicholas Blake, Cyril Hare and Roy Vickers, the book
was surely a unique opportunity finally to fill the gaps in some of the greatest
canons of detective and thriller fiction.This follow-up volume is a showcase for a dozen more popular names from the Golden Age, including Helen Simpson, Ethel Lina White, Agatha Christie and S.S.
Van Dine – plus a few big surprises yet to be announced – with stories so rare
that many don’t yet appear on their writers’ established bibliographies.
Selected and introduced by Tony Medawar, who also writes a short essay about
each contributor, Bodies from the Library 2 is a genuine treasure-trove of
missing episodes from the work of some of the world’s favourite classic crime
‘NOFACE’ by Christianna Brand copyright © Christianna Brand 2019. Printed by permission of A M Heath & Co. Ltd Authors’ Agents.
‘Before and After’ by Peter Antony reprinted by permission of Macnaughton Lord Representation on behalf of the Estates of Anthony and Peter Shaffer.
‘Exit Before Midnight’ by Q Patrick copyright © the estate of Hugh Wheeler, reprinted with permission of Curtis Brown Group Ltd, London.
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‘A Joke’s a Joke’ by Jonathan Latimer copyright © the estate of Jonathan Latimer 1938.
‘The Man Who Knew’ by Agatha Christie copyright © Christie Archive Trust 2011. All rights reserved. Agatha Christie® is a registered trade mark of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere.
‘The Hours of Darkness’ by Edmund Crispin printed by permis¬sion of Peters Fraser & Dunlop (www.petersfraserdunlop.com) on behalf of the Estate of Edmund Crispin.
‘Chance is a Great Thing’ by E. C. R. Lorac copyright © the estate of E. C. R. Lorac 1950.
‘The Mental Broadcast’ by Clayton Rawson copyright James G. Thompson Jr. 1945.
‘Sixpennyworth’ by John Rhode copyright © Estate of John Rhode 2019.
‘The Adventure of the Dorset Squire’ by C. A. Alington copy¬right© the estate of C. A. Alington 1937.
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