Classic crime fiction 1880 – 1980. Some well known novels,
but also others which are worthy of rediscovery.
WHATEVER’S BEEN GOING ON IN MUMBLESBY? – The last of Colin Watson’s delightful Flaxborough novels, published in 1982, a year before his death. Quintessentially English, with intricate murders and waspish humour.
A RAGE IN HARLEM – The first in the series of books by Chester Himes featuring Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones. It was first published (in Paris) in 1957, gained little love in America, but is now regarded as a classic.
SOMEBODY’S SISTER – A noir-ish novel by the prodigiously talented English writer, Derek Marlowe, it is set in 1970s San Francisco and features a washed-up British PI.
HELL IS A CITY – a dark and ground-breaking police procedural from 1954. Set in Manchester, many modern writers cite it – and author (and former copper) Maurice Procter – as a great influence.