Archive for November 17, 2011


From Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran. 

The Golden Age of British detective fiction is generally regarded as roughly the period between the end of the First World War and that of the Second, i.e. 1920 to 1945. This was the era of the country house weekend enlivened by the presence of a murderer………

There are still some country houses [with huge heating bills] that allow simple folk a chance to sample the atmosphere of the  ‘country house weekend’, while helping pay for their upkeep, and perhaps wondering if Hercule Poirot, Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Albert Campion, or Roderick Alleyn will appear at any moment. The photos give a glimpse of an eccentric England that may give us some idea of what the Golden Age was like.