My latest contribution to Patti Abbott's series of Forgotten Books is another volume produced under the aegis of the Detection Club. Detection Medley was published in the UK in 1939; it appeared the following year in the US under the title Line Up.
John Rhode edited the book and supplied a foreword (although it is debateable whether his account of the historical date of origin of the Club is correct), while A.A. Milne, himself a member of the Club, contributed a short introduction.
Milne, of course, wrote a celebrated Golden Age whodunit, The Red House Mystery, as well as some other work that touched the genre. He remains, however, best known as the creator of Winnie the Pooh! His introduction is characteristically light and urbane.
This book is something of a mixed bag. Although most of the contributions – a number of which had been published previously - were short stories, there were also articles by G.K. Chesterton, J.J. Connington, R.Austin Freeman and Milward Kennedy.
The full list of contents is:
Margery Allingham – The Lieabout
Margery Allingham – The Same to Us
H.C. Bailey – Mr Bowley’s Sunday Evening
E.C. Bentley – The Sweet Shot
E.C. Bentley – The Genuine Tabard
Nicholas Blake – A Slice of Bad Luck
J. Dickson Carr – Persons or Things Unknown
G.K. Chesterton – The Best Detective Story
Agatha Christie – Wireless
Agatha Christie – Death By Drowning
G.D.H. and M. Cole – Too Clever By Half
J.J.Connington – A Criminologist’s Bookshelf
Freeman Wills Crofts – The Match
Carter Dickson – The Hiding-Place
Carter Dickson – The Crime in Nobody’s Room
Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace – All Square
R. Austin Freeman – The Art of the Detective Story
Anthony Gilbert – Horseshoes for Luck
Anthony Gilbert – The Cockroach and the Tortoise
Lord Gorell – The Shadow
Lord Gorell – A Fly in the Ointment
Ianthe Jarrold – Blue Lias
Milward Kennedy – Are Murders Meant?
Milward Kennedy – Murderers in Fiction
E.C.R. Lorac – The Live Wire
Arthur Morrison – A Professional Episode
The Baroness Orczy – A Shot in the Night
The Baroness Orczy – The Tytherton Case
E.R. Punshon – Who Was It?
E.R. Punshon – The Secret of the Chessboard
Dorothy L. Sayers – Striding Folly
Dorothy L. Sayers – The Haunted Policeman
Henry Wade – The Sub-Branch
Henry Wade – Four to One – Bar One
Hugh Walpole – The Perfect Close