The Clandestine Plotters

While we are repeatedly told by critics that crime fiction is about character and social comment, many of us readers keep ranking writers the old way, that is, by their plotting skills. There are a few great plotters, some good ones, many that are just average and a long, long succession of mediocrities - and … Lire la suite The Clandestine Plotters

A Matter of Interest

Ever since the genre began crime writers have been tighttrope walkers, trying to find the right balance between the two basic elements of mystery fiction that are plot and character. Whether the criminal or human interest should prevail is ultimately for the writer only to decide, but depending on the period the average answer was, … Lire la suite A Matter of Interest

The Mischaracterization of Charlotte Armstrong

Perhaps one of the weirdest stories of riches to rags in the crime fiction genre is that of Charlotte Armstrong. A towering force both critically and commercially in her lifetime and a perennial Anthony Boucher's favourite, she progressively faded into obscurity after her untimely death and is now known only to the diehard vintage mystery … Lire la suite The Mischaracterization of Charlotte Armstrong