Favorite Mystery Writers of the Golden Years


Here are some of my favorite  mystery writers who actually wrote from the 1900s to the 1950s.  Though the number below is small, I am working on reviews of several more writers.  Eventually you will find some familiar names, such as Vera Caspary, Ellery Queen, Cornell Woolrich, and James M. Cain. You’ll also become acquainted with writers who are now enjoying a resurgence, or ought to: Theresa Charles, Ethel Lina White, Marjorie Carelton, Dorothy Macardle, Margaret Ferguson, Eaton K. Goldthwaite, and Craig Rice, to name a few. If you have any other suggestions for the list, let me know.  Also, please feel free to weigh in on or ask questions about the authors listed. I’d love to hear from you.  Click on the name below for a mini review of the author and her/his work.

Margery Allingham

Charlotte Armstrong

Marjorie Carelton

Vera Caspary

Theresa Charles

James Hadley Chase

Frank and Marion Cockerell 

Merle Colby

George Harmon Coxe

Frances Crane

Francis Duncan

Margaret Ferguson

Eaton K. Goldthwaite

David Goodis

Grace Livingston Hill

Dorothy Macardle

Margaret Millar

William O’Farrell

Craig Rice

Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

Ethel Lina White

Patricia Wentworth



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