A to Z of Crime Fiction

Feb 4, 2013 by


Time to kill before your train? Visiting the British Library? Or maybe just passing through Kings Cross?

Make sure you don’t miss the A to Z of Crime Fiction free exhibition at the British Library, hosted by the Folio Society until 12th May.

They’ve managed to find something for every letter, sensibly hopping back and forth between authors, titles, themes and places.

Who knew that Terry Venables co-authored a crime novel, never mind all the other famous sporting names who have dabbled in the genre?

One of my favourite childhood reads, Enid Blyton‘s lesser know series featuring the Five Find Outers and Dog, is there but my parents’ old favourite, John Creasey, only gets a mention for the award he sponsored. I guess he was of his time.


I came away with a list of books to try and get hold of so it was worth a visit for that alone. I also found out that Miss Marple was based on Agatha Christie’s mum and that her Tommy and Tuppence series has them solving each murder in the style of a well-known detective. That’s ‘well known’ when she wrote them, but worth checking out if you can get hold of both.

This is a real bite-sized exhibition that it’s worth making a special trip to visit.

While you’re there, visit the cafe which is very popular for meetings (I’ve had two there now) and serves good, reasonably priced coffee as well as cakes, soup, pies and rolls.


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