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My crime classics by Gary Phillips

He’s written for TV, he’s written graphic novels, he’s a top-drawer crime author and he has also edited short story anthologies. But today we’ve given LA crime author Gary Phillips a new assignment – we asked him to pick out his favourite classic crime fiction…
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CIS: My classics by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is one of the UK’s leading crime writers and, in time, there’s little doubt that her novels will rank as classics. In the 1986 she broke onto the scene with A Bird in the Hand, combining her interest in ornithology with a tale…
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CIS: My classics by Ruth Ware

Take one hen party containing some women with very different personalities, add in varying degrees of closeness and inclusivity, layer with a few dark secrets, and you have author Ruth Ware’s debut novel In a Dark, Dark Wood which came out earlier this year. The tagline…
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The Golden Age of Murder

Written by Martin Edwards – Britain’s Golden Age of detective fiction produced some of the greatest and most enduring crime writers, including Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Dorothy L Sayers. “The crime novel, like the world itself, is ruled by the English,” said Bertolt Brecht…
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CIS: My classics by Cathy Ace

Not only is Cathy Ace the author of the wonderful Cait Morgan Mystery series, but she’s also the Vice President of the Crime Writers of Canada. That means she’s quite a busy lady, so we were definitely the lucky ones when she agreed to join…
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CIS: Dorothy L Sayers and Fenland

Dorothy L Sayers was one of the greats of The Golden Age of crime fiction. Her two most celebrated characters, Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, inhabit an England that is long dead, and exist in a society whose values, dress and language are museum…
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CIS: The Best of Dorothy L Sayers

Dorothy L Sayers may not be quite as much of a household name worldwide as Agatha Christie, but is thought by many to be the better writer. Funnier, more nuanced and unafraid to address social issues, Sayers is often cited as an inspiration by authors…
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