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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.

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Auld Reekie . . . Edinburgh . . . brewers’ town, stinking of beer, whisky, tweeness, gentility, hypocrisy, corruption . . .«

In Saints of the Shadow Bible, Ian Rankin’s detective is still reliable, but not as robust as he was, says Cecilia Grayson. Read more at The Spectator.

  • Brother Kemal by Jakob Arjouni
  • Cross and Burn by Val McDermid
  • Dead Woman Walking by Jessica Mann
  • Others of my Kind by James Sallis

Read any good crime fiction lately? Andrew Taylor about new books by Jakob Arjouni, Val McDermid, Jessica Mann and James Sallis. His reviews at The Spectator.