Classic detective fiction and locked room mysteries
I’ve been reading classic crime fiction since Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1999 and have finally settled on my niche being the classics of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. I’ll usually try most things from that era, and will commit to definitely reading something if it features an impossible crime. Elsewhere I’m a bit picky — I don’t really go in for a lot of contemporary crime writing, I’m afraid, and even I haven’t pinned down what my SF tastes are yet — but again will try practically anything where something happens that doesn’t seem possible but then turns out to’ve been perfectly rational all along. Some people have told me that this is because, as a mathematician, I have an innate love of logic and puzzles; I’m more inclined to think it’s just that I enjoy a good conceit well-explored.
My Review Policy
Following an increase in the number of queries about this — very flattering, let me assure you — I suppose I should make this clear here: I don’t accept books for review. Practically every book featured on here will be one that either I have purchased myself or has been given to me by someone who knows me personally. The rare exceptions will be those I have proof-read or edited for publishers, and I’ll be as transparent about this as possible if/when it happens. This independence will never make me rich or popular, but it’s important to me for all sorts of reasons that I shan’t go into here. Thanks for your understanding.