Murder at the Manor by Martin Edwards
A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics)

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The more gracious the home, the worse the crime in this anthology by a who’s who of mostly golden-age writers.
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The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years, during which British society, and life in country houses, was transformed out of all recognition. It includes fascinating and unfamiliar twists on the classic ‘closed circle’ plot, in which the assorted guests at a country house party become suspects when a crime is committed. In the more sinister tales featured here, a gloomy mansion set in lonely grounds offers an eerie backdrop for dark deeds.



Many distinguished writers are represented in this collection, including such great names of the genre as Anthony Berkeley, Nicholas Blake and G.K. Chesterton. Martin Edwards has also unearthed hidden gems and forgotten masterpieces: among them are a fine send-up of the country house murder; a suspenseful tale by the unaccountably neglected Ethel Lina White; and a story by the little-known Scottish writer J.J. Bell.
 

About Martin Edwards

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Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer best known for his series of novels set in Liverpool and the Lake District. He is also a member of the Murder Squad collective of crime writers, a member of the Crime Writers' Association Committee and Archivist of the Detection Club. The Golden Age of Murder, his study of the Detection Club, was published by HarperCollins in 2015.
 
Published February 2, 2016 by Poisoned Pen Press. 385 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The more gracious the home, the worse the crime in this anthology by a who’s who of mostly golden-age writers.

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