Round Three is over, so now it’s Quarter-Final time! So what were the shock knock-outs this time?
Um… well, none really. But some of the rounds were pretty close. As you might expect, Agatha Christie trounced Margery Allingham and John Dickson Carr wasn’t troubled too much by Ngaio Marsh. Dorothy L Sayers, slightly surprisingly to me, saw off Christianna Brand without too much difficulty and Ellery Queen wasn’t particularly bothered by Freeman Wills Crofts. So far, the people agreed with me twice and disagreed with me twice. It’s disappointing that so many of you are wrong about these things… 😊
Anyway, the other four ties were a lot closer, with none of the winners getting more that 55% of the vote. Edmund Crispin saw off G K Chesterton – Crispin only just squeaks into the Golden Age, but he does qualify. Rex Stout beat E C R Lorac by an even smaller margin, with Josephine Tey beating Georgette Heyer by a similar margin. The narrowest margin came in the battle between Cyril Hare and Anthony Berkeley – 30 minutes before the poll closed, and they were tied on 109 votes each. Luckily – well, unluckily as I prefer, marginally, Hare – a twitter plea for last minute votes resulted in Berkeley getting an extra three votes, so he makes it through to the quarter-finals.
So, following the seeding based on the original groups, the quarter-finals are as follows. You have until midday Saturday (GMT) to vote for these. I think these are going to get a little bit harder now…