Murder mysteries: if you believe the clichés, they all happened in the 1920s and 1930s, surrounded by flappers and butlers.  But let's take a second to wonder — why is it that detective fiction is so closely associated with this period style?

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Books mentioned in order of appearance:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Ariel by André Maurois

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers

Third Girl by Agatha Christie

Halloween Party by Agatha Christie

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

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The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah, published by HarperCollins. Enter the competition to win a copy by sending an email to [email protected]

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