And so the World Cup of Classic Mystery Writers begins…
Some ground rules first of all:
There is no point debating/quibbling the choice of writers. Anyone who got more than one nomination from someone who wanted to include them has been included. Apologies if your favourite missed the cut, but do bear in mind, this is just a bit of fun.
After a whole ten seconds of soul-searching, I’ve decided that hard-boiled mysteries are excluded. It’s a different genre, it’s like comparing apples with cricket balls – there’s a similarity, if you squint at them, but you wouldn’t put one of them in a crumble. However some such writers did also dabble in the classic mystery genre, so they are included.
In the opening round, there are eight groups of seven writers. You can vote for as many of them as you like, this time round, but please vote if you personally enjoy a writer’s work, not if you admire their work-ethic and effect, but don’t actually enjoy their work. So, for example, I personally wouldn’t vote for Anthony Berkeley as, on the whole, I haven’t enjoyed the majority of his books that I have read, despite others telling me how wonderful he is. The idea is for this to reflect personal likes/dislikes rather than reputations.
The top four from each group will go through to the knockout round – it’ll be a straight knockout based on seedings from the results of the first round. So hopefully we won’t have Dame Agatha and dear old Dorothy scrapping it out until later rounds, if they get that far…
So bearing that in mind, off we go. Vote for as many or as few as you like, but only you can only vote once. This poll will close on Thursday at 6pm local time, so don’t forget to have your say.