Classic Mysteries

I’ve always loved classic mysteries. I write the Jack Haldean series set in England in the 1920s and, of course, for inspiration, who else to turn to but…
Agatha Christie!
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Agatha Christie
She’s the best-selling novelist in the world. Why? Because the stories are so very good! If you’ve only ever seen one of the numerous TV and film adaptations, give yourself a treat and pick up a classic Christie.
Dorothy L Sayers
Agatha Christie’s great contemporary was Dorothy L Sayers. Her detective, Lord Peter Wimsey has a host of dedicated fans and one of his best early adventures is...
Terry Pratchett
Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers both help to mould our ideas of what a classic mystery is. However, it’s a very adaptable form. One author who doesn’t so much bring it up to date but takes it out of the world altogether is Terry Pratchett with his Discworld series. Terry Pratchett was a hugely gifted and varied writer – his Witches series are some of my favourite books – but Sam Vimes of the Ank-Morpork City Watch is a classic hard-bitten cop with the equally classic heart of gold.