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»The best of the Golden Age detective stories have survived and will continue to survive, but they are not being written today. In the 1920s the present system of police forces being served by forensic science laboratories was not yet in place, and fictional autopsies were obviously regarded as somewhat unpleasant procedures and were very rarely mentioned, if indeed they took place. More importantly, the relationship between the police and the communities they serve has become more challenging in today’s diverse and multicultural society.«

P. D. James

Writer P. D. James remembering the gentlemanly world of Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion. Her worth reading essay Who killed the golden age of crime? you will find at The Spectator.

»When I was growing up, my favorite book was Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives, about a gang of kids on the heels of a thief in 1920s Berlin. To this day, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a pacey thriller set in my adopted city.«

Jane Paulick

Jane Paulick with an essay about spies and serial killers in Berlin. Read more at