Detective fiction was just beginning at the time Trollope was writing, with Wilkie Collins’ novel The Moonstone arguably for the first time placing the detective, in his case, Sergeant Cuff, centre stage in proceedings. It was only long after Trollope’s death that detective fiction as a genre entered its Golden Age with the likes of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham penning the classics of the genre during the 1920s and 30s.
However, for those who like their whodunnits as much as their Barsetshire, there is a conference taking place at the British Library on 23rd June which is devoted to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. For more information about the conference visit:
(Confession of vested interest – as a devotee of Detective Fiction I’ve agreed to help the conference organisers and have set up the website for them. So I hope you like it.)