To get on with crime and mystery fiction, first up is The Chelsea Murders by Lionel Davidson. It’s not a bad read this book, set as it is in a literary part of London, and having a fiendishly clever plot. It was serialised for television in 1981.
Who now remembers the quirky detective novels of Delacorta? Delacorta was the pseudonym of French writer Paul Odier. He wrote a series of novels featuring adolescent heroine Alba, who with her protector Gorodish, solve unusual crime cases. Diva, the first of the Alba & Gorodish novels was made into a very popular film in 1981. I have three of the novels, two published by Ballantine and one by Penguin. Dig the blurbs!
Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, needs no introduction as his novels have all been dramatised in a popular television series. I read the novels long before they were televised, and have a small collection of them.
To wind up this post – two novels by James Ellroy – The Black Dahlia and Blood on the Moon. Ellroy’s neo noir style didn’t really appeal to me, but I know other people who regard his novels as really first rate. Perhaps I should give them another go.
Coming next, the crazy detective fiction of Kinky Friedman.