Collectable Postcards - new for 2021!
Beginning with Wilkie Collins
We were so pleased with our exclusive classic gothic horror postcards (inspired by Frankenstein and Dorian Grey) and your responses to them that we have created a crime themed set!
One will be included each month in our monthly crime & mystery book subscription boxes. Each postcard will be numbered and celebrate a classic crime or mystery novel, author or crime fiction trope.
We are kicking off with the author widely held to have written the first modern detective novel - Wilkie Collins. His novel The Moonstone was published in 1868 and paved the way for crime fiction as we know it.
The novel was first published in serial in Charles Dickens's magazine All the Year Round and the Moonstone in the title is a diamond that is stolen from a young heiress after her 18th birthday party at her country house.
The Moonstone paved the way for modern murder mysteries and introduced a number of the characteristics that became classic attributes of the modern detective story including:
- an English country house robbery
- the red herring (my personal favourite)
- a heroic detective
- ineffective police force
- a cast of potential suspects
- the "least likely suspect"
- a final twist in the plot.
Our second postcard in the series will celebrate the quintessential English village setting characterised by fictional locations such as St Mary Mead, the home of Miss Marple.
Hi, I'm Louise the founder of My Chronicle Book Box and I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog post.
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