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| Crime Classic Firsts |
Welcome to The Rapid Review, this first feature will showcase three crime classic firsts. These are the books which introduced us to world famous literary detectives and sparked many an obsession into murders and mysteries, cosy-crimes and whodunnits, and which still garner a following to this day.
| Sherlock Holmes |
A Study in Scarlet
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Read if: you want “to begin at the beginning”; if you like murder, mystery and arrogant sociopaths, and enjoy fast paced plots with Mormon interludes.
Expect: witty prose and eccentric brilliance, two connected but utterly different narratives, and a surfeit of ejaculations.
| Hercule Poirot |
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
by Agatha Christie
Read if: you fancy a locked-room murder mystery; you like egotistical little men with fabulous moustaches and have a soft spot for Hugh Fraser.
Expect: Hastings to become thoroughly confused and Poirot to amaze, astound, irritate but ultimately save the day.
| Cadfael |
A Morbid Taste for Bones
by Ellis Peters
Read if: you like 12th Century ex-crusading monks, have a fondness for robes, or just want a cathartic read.
Expect: a protagonist full of wit and sarcasm, a book full of beautiful prose, and a series more about the characters than the crimes.