Murder Mystery

The good, the beautiful and the grotesque

Classic settings conceal psychological rawness and sinuously convoluted mysteries

A deadly mixture of reprints and new releases

Parties and post boxes make beguiling settings for this month’s mysteries

A good novel as detective story, and the detective story as a good novel

While away the winter with would-be classics

Not all is grim and gloom in the British Library’s Tales of the Weird series

Pass the time by these passages into times present and past: post-war to Covid-era

From Shakespeare to Agatha Christie, crime novels invoke the genre’s heritage, sometimes ably and sometimes not

As the days quicken and the shadows lengthen, our thoughts turn naturally to murder