4. The Killing + what is it to be – The Ghost Story or Detective Fiction?

It has been a long time since my last post but Narratives of Enclosure has now been published by Palgrave Macmillan in the UK (12th Oct) and is due to be released in the States next week.  I am hoping someone might now give me some feedback in the form of a review or even to this site.

My plans for a new book on the subject have been somewhat thwarted as I have discovered that Simon Hay is about to publish through Palgrave A History of the Modern British Ghost Story!  Its content mirrors very much the thoughts I had been putting together; but actually I am very pleased that this book has been produced as the ghost story has received somewhat scant treatment since Julia Briggs’s classic account and Jack Sullivan’s Elegant Nightmares.  So good luck Simon with this much needed contribution.

Well Osborne may not have a plan B, but I have!  I am now busy researching Golden Age Texts for my next effort and am thrilled to be re-acquainting myself with Michael Innes’s elegant and witty texts.  The group of stories he wrote from Death at the President’s Lodging in 1936 through to Christmas at Candleshoe in 1953 are the equal of any in the genre.

A word of praise too, for a contemporary writer Jim Kelly whose stories invoke the particular landscape of East Anglia.  As Kelly himself has said they are a reflection of the narrative in Dorothy Sayers’s The Nine Tailors.  I have now read several of his books and have enjoyed each one – a crime writer in true harmony with his chosen environment.

Finally, we are promised soon the second story of The Killing on TV (not the American version!), I hope it lives up to the first.  What a pity my Danish is never what it was!  More than any other detective story the initial production chronicled the tentacle-like effect that a crime has on everyone connected with it – superb.

October 31st