Crime Fiction Alphabet: Featuring the Letter ‘E’

crime_fiction_alphabetInstead of concentrating on one book or one author I’ve picked a mixture of books and authors for this week’s featured letter E in Kerrie’s Crime Fiction Alphabet Community Meme.

First up is Martin Edwards, who is one of my favourite authors and bloggers (click on the links to go to his website and blog). I  ‘discovered’ him when he commented on one of my posts. I’m so glad he did.  He’s written several novels, short stories and non-fiction books as well as edited a number of anthologies. Click on the titles to see my posts on his Lake District series:

Another author who used to be a great favourite of mine is Ed McBain. I haven’t read anything of his for many years.  He was born Salvatore Albert Lombino in 1926 and changed his name to Evan Hunter, writing under the pseudonym Ed McBain from 1956. He died in 2005. He wrote an enormous number of books – from 1958 until his death he wrote one or two books a year as Ed McBain. The first one in his 87th precinct series is Cop Hater. You can read the beginning of chapter one on the Ed McBain website. Writing under his own name Evan Hunter, he wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds, based on Daphne Du Maurier’s short story (which is very different from the film). I think it’s time to re-read some Ed McBain books!

Then there is Ellery Queen – who was actually two people writing pseudonymously. They were  cousins Daniel (David) Nathan, alias Frederic Dannay and Manford (Emanuel) Lepofsky, alias Manfred Bennington Lee. They also used the pen name Barnaby Ross. Ellery Queen was also the chief character of their novels. A list of their books can be found on the Fantastic Fiction website. I first read Ellery Queen and Ed McBain as a teenager when I found them on my parents’ bookshelves and devoured them after I’d read all the Agatha Christie books I could find.

Umberto Eco wrote one of my favourite books The Name of the Rose. I read this when I was working in the Archives of the local County Council. It was recommended by one of the archivists and we spent many happy tea breaks discussing this novel. It is set in the Middle Ages in Italy, in which Brother William a Franciscan monk, aided by Adso a novice,  investigates several strange deaths. It’s a wonderful mix of detective fiction, historical fiction and religious history rolled into one, involving solving cryptic clues, secret codes and puzzles. 

Finally some books beginning with the letter E:

And on that note I shall end this look at the letter E in crime fiction.


  1. You and I must have had similar teen years. I devoured everything I could find in the library by Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen. I think my parents were worried about me at one point. I recall being questioned about my fascination with murder. Thanks for the reminder about the Ellery Queen books. I should do a re-read of some of those.


  2. Kerrie, the packing is going – slowly!
    JoAnn, not everyone likes The Name of the Rose – I loved it.
    Gautami, I hope you enjoy them.
    Margot, looks like we did, although I was never questioned about my choice of reading. I’m going to look out for Ellery Queen books at the library to see what I think of them now. I’m really enjoying reading Agatha Christie again!


  3. Name of the Rose has been recommended so many times–I really should read it. I have this notion that it is a lot of work–dense, confusing, dark…not that that’s bad, but the mood has to be right for me to want to tackle it.


  4. Enjoyed your ‘E’ post! As you know I’ve just started reading Martin Edwards and enjoyed the first book very much. You’re slightly further along with the Inspector Montalbano books than me – I’m just reading book 3, The Snack Thief.


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