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Mystery Authors of the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction

Mystery Author Index

The Golden Age of mystery novels is taken here to be the period between 1913 and the start of World War II. On this page, you will find information about the great and well known writers of this period. There are also lesser know writers of this period who deserved a reading, and you will find information about them at Lesser Lights of the Golden Age. Many of their novels are being published again and should not be overlooked. If you are a great fan of British mysteries of this period, take a look at the British Library Crime Classics which are listed at Good ReadsFather Brown

You may enjoy watching dramatizations of these authors' works. If so, go to the Mystery Films page where you will find a great deal to view.

These authors are listed in the order of their birth date. If you wish to accept the challenge to read their books in the order in which they were published then take a look at the page Chronology of Mystery Firsts.

The Detection Club

In 1928 or 1930, a group of outstanding British mystery writers formed The Detection Club, and established the rules for writing mystery novels.

If you are interested in the The Detection Club, you must read the book The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edward which has been published by HarperCollins in 2015. It is a fascinating account of the formation of the club and of the lives of the members such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Anthony Berkeley and many more.

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