News and Views
CWA Dagger in the Library
I am thrilled to have been awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library. Nominations come from librarians throughout the country, and the judging panel is entirely composed of librarians. This prestigious award for my body of work is a real honour, one of the most wonderful things to have happened to me in the course of my whole writing career. And the fact that I have a lifelong love of libraries makes it extra special. The citation reads: ""We chose Martin because he has a very varied output, covering both Golden Age mysteries and modern psychological suspense. He has done a great deal to popularise crime writing, and through his editing of anthologies has brought a lot of long-forgotten crime stories to new audiences. In addition, he is also a passionate advocate for libraries."
The paperback edition of my Golden Age thriller, Gallows Court, is published by Head of Zeus on 4 April. I've been hugely gratified by the review in The Times, Sunday Express, The Financial Times, The Morning Star, and elsewhere and also by the comments the book has received from writers such as Lee Child who said: "Superb...the book Edwards was born to write." Doesn't get much better than that!
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
This book has had a wonderful twelve months! In September I had the exciting experience at St Petersburg, Florida, of receiving the Macavity award for best non-fiction book. The book - now available in paperback - has also been nominated for four other awards - the Agatha and Anthony Awards in the US, and the H.R.F. Keating Award and CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in the UK.
British Library anthologies
Deep Waters, my latest anthology of vintage mysteries in the British Library's Crime Classics series, is due to be published in June, and a collection of classic tales of scientific detection, The Measure of Malice, will follow this autumn. My Christmas anthology occupied the top two places in the Amazon bestseller list for anthologies in December. Meanwhile, I continue to write introductions to the Crime Classics, and great titles appearing in the next few months include three books by Michael Gilbert.
Toronto and Sherlock
I'm looking forward to visiting Toronto in April to deliver the Clifford Hollyer Lecture on Sherlock Holmes and the Detection Club.
The Lake District Mysteries
I'm regularly asked when the next book in this series will appear. The short answer is that I plan to start writing it once I've finished the sequel to Gallows Court. Meanhwile, I'm delighted by the continuing enthusiasm for my contemporary series.
Alibis in the Archives
The historic and wonderfully atmospheric Gladstone's Library sees the return of Alibis in the Archives in June, celebrating the British Crime Writing Archives and crime writing heritage. It's great news that Alibis will be returning next year, from 21-23 June. Keep the dates free, and book early - it's likely to be another sell-out!
Events, events, events
This year has brought various exciting invitations, and I'll be attending festivals at such splendid places as Rye, Southwold, and Beverley. I'm also excited about the prospect of speaking at Agatha Christie's old home, Greenway in Devon, in June, on the tenth anniversary of the National Trust taking over the property. Full details of my scheduled events are set out on the Events page on this website.
Quite apart from winning the Macavity, I had a great time in St Petersburg, taking part in two panels and meeting up with lots of lovely people. I am due to attend the 2019 Bouchercon in Dallas, Texas. <
The Golden Age of Murder
The Golden Age of Murder has recently been published in Japanese. This book has, among other things, transformed my career as a writer. It received the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best critical/biographical work, the Agatha award from Malice Domestic, the Macavity award from Mystery Readers International, and the H.R.F. Keating award at Crimefest. For good measure, it was shortlisted for an Anthony award at Bouchercon and the CWA Gold Dagger for non-fiction. I've recently signed contracts for translation of the book into Chinese.
I've arranged a host of library talks this year - details on the Events page.
The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
My collection of Sherlock Holmes stories is available as an ebook on Amazon. As well as the stories, the book includes various articles and a splendid introduction by leading Sherlockian David Stuart Davies. I've also contributed an introduction to a handsome, slip-cased edition of a selection of Sherlock's greateest cases, published by Arcturus.
TV, DVD and Film viewing
Films I've enjoyed recently include You Were Never Really Here, and several old movies which have cropped up on the Talking Pictures TV channel. I also enjoyed a DVD box set of TV versions of three Barbara Vine novels.
I'm currently reading Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10. Among the older novels I've read recently are They Can't Hang Me!, by James Ronald, and The Trial of Mary Court by Roland Wild. "Forgotten books" feature on my blog each Friday.
I've recently been approached to contribute to a US book of essays on true crime, and hope to deliver a manuscript if other commitments permit.
Collecting Crime Fiction
I've acquired several fascinating inscribed books, including an inscribed copy of Horace McCoy's classic They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. Some of them will feature in the Friday's Forgotten Book feature on my blog.
Writing about crime fiction
I'm currently working on an essay for an academic book about the genre. My subject is "Plotting"....
I've continued to revamp the site, and very much welcome any constructive suggestions from readers.
This page was last updated on 6 March 2019.