Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, British Library, Crime Classics, Martin Edwards

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Edwin Radford (1891-1973) and Mona Augusta Radford (1894-1990) were married in 1939. Edwin worked as a journalist, holding many editorial roles on Fleet Street in London, while Mona was a popular leading lady in musical-comedy and revues until her retirement from the stage.

The couple turned to crime fiction when they were both in their early fifties. Edwin described their collaborative formula as: “She kills them off, and I find out how she done it.” Their primary series detective was Harry Manson who they introduced in 1944.

The Radfords spent their final years living in Worthing on the English South Coast. Dean Street Press have republished three of their classic mysteries: Murder Jigsaw, Murder Isn’t Cricket and Who Killed Dick Whittington?

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“Jiminy! He’s going to fish for him.”

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Why should a holidaymaker, sitting to enjoy a game of village cricket, suddenly meet with death in the shape of a flying bullet?

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“I think you had better telephone for the police,” he said. “This woman has been poisoned.”

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