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I look forward to this feature.

I would note that the detective novel has been more popular where the murder rate has been lower: in the Anglosphere to begin with, and in the American northeast (especially New England) more than the south, and in East Anglia more than say, Glascow.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot on July 27, 2006 03:56 AM

I look forward to this too. Helen and other readers may be interested in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction wiki ( and mailing list, where discussions on this and much else have been going on for some time. My modest goal as moderator of both is to get readers and publishers to take just 1 per cent of the interest and enthusiasm they currently show for Dame Agatha, and spread it around to the hundreds of other authors from the same period. They were writing detective fiction which was often just as good and sometimes better.

Jon Jermey.

Posted by Jon Jermey on July 27, 2006 09:38 PM
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