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Most of the great crime writers were English - Wilkie Collins is credited with the very first whodunnit, The Moonstone.
At the moment I am alternating between re-reading the Sherlock Holmes books and devouring the books by Charles Todd a new author to me but one who has his books in electronic form so I am gradually loading them onto my e-reader.
I don't think there's a British & Irish Crime Fiction 'What are you reading now' thread, or am I not seeing it? Perhaps we should have one. What do you think?
Edited to add that I've just noticed the only post on the 'Must reads.....' thread since January is yours, pinkozcat!
(I am lurking around although I am reading a bit more American ones just now)
(Edited to add that my attempt to add a link here didn't work.)
so it doesn't specify whether we are discussing the books or the authors. I agree that we should be inclusive
The main thing is how well do the non-British Isles authors capture the feel of Britain and Ireland well? After all I don't think anyone wants to throw out Ngaio Marsh.
Often that 'true feel' isn't something that US readers can easily pick up on. The same is true in reverse. There often seems to be something 'not quite right' nagging away at your hind-brain.
Whilst even the ones that don't get it right probably do belong in here, after all it is hardly bursting at the seams with the volume of messages, I probably wouldn't recommend or discuss them.
But yes, it's when something isn't quite right that it knocks the entire book off track. I'm more careful now than I used to be, when I'd rush off to the library to borrow a title someone recommended. And yes, it works both ways. I recently read a mystery by English writer Peter Turnbull who made an absolute hash of a section of the book set in Canada. (I've lived in the U.K., Ireland, and Canada.)
andyl, you said it better, however, my excuse is that I was in the throes of a serious bout of flu when I wrote my first message (on the road to recovery now). Apologies to all for my bluntness.
The "not quite right" feel also applies to British TV series that are adapted (by US directors/producers) US television. British humor often does not translate well.
I have Sayers lined up for re-reading later this year (I've probably read half of her books through the years so about time to get her read in order). I almost never touch a continuation of a series by another author... except when there is a very good reason for that (or if it is a Sherlock Holmes book... sometimes).
I am going through Mark Billingham series (up to #5 at the moment) -- one more of those "Get the series in order and read it like that" type of things.
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