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Classics in September 2016 – a recap

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•button-150x150September 2016 comes to an end, and it’s time to say goodbye to the month during which we’ve celebrated classic crime fiction. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our articles as much as we’ve enjoyed writing them. And we hope you’ve discovered – or perhaps rediscovered – a few classic reads to enjoy.

It was a month when we featured everything from existential noir to comic books, and from espionage to cosy mysteries. There were literary classics, and classic mystery games you can play on an iPad. Elmore Leonard was in the spotlight, as were Wilkie Collins and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

caseofthegildedflyOur sponsors
Classics in September might not have been possible without this year’s sponsor, Bloomsbury Reader. The company has been devoted to republishing classic crime novels – first as ebooks, and then in print. We’d recommend you check out the following articles, which we worked on alongside our sponsor:

Ten top crime classics from Bloomsbury Reader – will give you some great suggestions, with titles by Margery Allingham, Edmund Crispin and Ann Bridge.

The White Cottage Mystery reviewed – we take a look at Margery Allingham’s first mystery, republished by Bloomsbury Reader.

Classic killer crime – here Miranda Vaughan Jones, editor at Bloomsbury Reader, looks at why Golden Age crime fiction remains relevant today…

And let’s not forget, Bloomsbury Reader gave away a classic crime book every Thursday in September on our Facebook page. I’m sure the winners are happy with their prizes.

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We also had a great time inviting authors onto our site to share their crime classics with us. Our thanks go out to Rosie Claverton, Mark Edwards, Christopher Bartley and Abir Mukherjee – they’re all doing great work with their contemporary crime novels, and it was amazing to learn about their influences.

elleryqueenmysterymagazine300Our articles
And here’s a listing of all the other great articles we ran during Classics in September 2016:
Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty revisited
Six great Judge Dredd graphic novels – don’t miss em!
Len Deighton’s Ipcress File revisited – including the movie
The lasting legacy of The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins wrote the first modern mystery novel
Murder has a Motive – review of the Francis Duncan novel
75 years of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
10 of the best pulp crime books – who can argue?
The eight best classic crime adventure games for iPad – you get to solve the mystery
Georges Simenon’s Dirty Snow revisited
The Methods of Sergeant Cluff – Gil North’s 1961 mystery reviewed
10 literary classics that are also crime stories
Christ Faust and Gary Phillips interviewed – about their throwback neo-noir comic Peepland
The Riddle of the Sands revisited – Erskine Childers’ early espionage novel

For more classics, have a look at our 2015 and 2014 Classics in September events. This year’s was sponsored by Bloomsbury Reader.


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