Bodies from the Library

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 ratings

Bodies from the Library Summary

This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922.

At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

This audio anthology brings together the majority of forgotten tales from the book Bodies from the Library, from the 1920s to the 1950s, by masters of the Golden Age including Cyril Hare, Freeman Wills Crofts and A. A. Milne,

Most anticipated of all are the contributions by women writers: the first detective story by Georgette Heyer, unseen since 1923; an unpublished story by Christianna Brand, creator of Nanny McPhee; and a dark tale by Agatha Christie published only in an Australian journal in 1922 during her ‘Grand Tour’ of the British Empire.

With other stories by Detection Club stalwarts Anthony Berkeley, H. C. Bailey, J. J. Connington and John Rhode, plus Vincent Cornier, Leo Bruce, Roy Vickers and Arthur Upfield, this essential collection harks back to a time before forensic science - when murder was a complex business.

©2018 Half-Eaten © Nikesh Shukla; Thicker Than Blood © Erin Kelly (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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  • Book 1

    • Bodies from the Library

    • Lost Classic Stories by Masters of the Golden Age
    • By: Tony Medawar, Agatha Christie, Georgette Heyer, and others
    • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together a selection of rare tales by masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Agatha Christie crime story that has not been seen since 1922. At a time when crime and thriller writing has once again overtaken the sales of general and literary fiction, Bodies from the Library unearths lost stories from the Golden Age, that period between the World Wars when detective fiction captured the public’s imagination and saw the emergence of some of the world’s cleverest and most popular storytellers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very well chosen selection

    • By Mr Chops on 24-09-18

    Regular price: £8.49

  • Book 2

    • Bodies from the Library 2

    • Forgotten Stories of Mystery and Suspense by the Queens of Crime and Other Masters of Golden Age Detection
    • By: Tony Medawar
    • Narrated by: Philip Bretherton
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    This anthology of rare stories of crime and suspense brings together 15 tales from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction for the first time in book form, including a newly discovered Gervase Fen novella by Edmund Crispin that has never previously been published. Selected and introduced by Tony Medawar, who also writes a short essay about each contributor, Bodies from the Library 2 is a genuine treasure trove of missing episodes from the work of some of the world's favourite classic crime writers. 

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Beware - This is NOT unabridged

    • By Tabu on 18-07-19

    Regular price: £12.99