I am delighted to take part in this blog tour for Martin Edwards’ new book, which came out this week: The Life of Crime is his latest non-fiction work, and is an astonishing, mind-blowing race through 150+ years of crime fiction. It is an incredible achievement. The list of books mentioned in the text runs to more than 40 pages…
I’m not going to review it in this post - because I am reviewing it for a national newspaper next week – but will write instead about Martin’s place in the crime writers’ and fans’ community.
His achievements come under several different headings. He has written highly enjoyable contemporary crime books for 30 years, and started up a new series of historical crime novels more recently.
He has been an advocate and ambassador for crime writing in all that time – he played a huge role in the British Library’s programme of republishing vintage crime novels (and what a success that has been), has edited anthologies, has won awards, and is the President of the Detection Club.
He has written three books about the history of crime fiction:
And in addition to all this, he is a delightful person, always welcoming and encouraging – he works tirelessly for the genre he loves, and is always up for a discussion of crime and crime fiction, and ready to take part in any crime book events. He is as interested in the views of a new blogger as in a seasoned old-timer.
There are a lot of crime fiction fans out there, and most of us know Martin and think of him as a friend to us and to the genre. He is a credit to the community, as well as a superstar!
You can get other angles on his latest work from the other people taking part in the blog tour - do go and visit them.