The Murder Mystery Mayhem Challenge…

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 (plus 2) Books

The challenge is to read and review all 102 of the books Martin Edwards includes on the main list in his excellent book on the development of the crime novel – The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. Yes, 102. Don’t ask me why a book called “…100 Books” actually lists 102, but the spreadsheet never lies, so 102 it is!

I’ve decided not to list all 102 Books up front. The book has only just been published and somehow it seems unfair – almost like a major spoiler. So instead I’ll put links to all the books as I review them, so gradually – very gradually – it will grow to become a complete list. I’ll be reading them in totally random order as and when I acquire them, but on this master page I’ll organise them in the order and under the subject headings in the book. I reckon it will take me a minimum of four or five years to read them all, so if you can’t wait to know all 102 of the titles, then you’ll have to buy the book!

Chapter 1: A New Era Dawns

1.   The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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10.  The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes

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Chapter 2: The Birth of the Golden Age

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Chapter 3: The Great Detectives

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Chapter 4: ‘Play Up! Play Up! and Play the Game!’

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Chapter 5: Miraculous Murders

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31.  Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne

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Chapter 6: Serpents in Eden

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Chapter 7: Murder at the Manor

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Chapter 8: Capital Crimes

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Chapter 9: Resorting to Murder

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Chapter 10: Making Fun of Murder

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Chapter 11: Education, Education, Education

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Chapter 12: Playing Politics

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Chapter 13: Scientific Enquiries

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Chapter 14: The Long Arm of the Law

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63.  Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

Chapter 15: The Justice Game

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65.  Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate

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Chapter 16: Multiplying Murders

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72.  The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

Chapter 17: The Psychology of Crime

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Chapter 18: Inverted Mysteries

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78.  Portrait of a Murderer by Anne Meredith

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Chapter 19: The Ironists

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Chapter 20: Fiction from Fact

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Chapter 21: Singletons

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Chapter 22: Across the Atlantic

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Chapter 23: Cosmopolitan Crimes

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Chapter 24: The Way Ahead

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Murder, mystery and mayhem!
Life would be so much duller without them!

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