So the quarter-finals are over… and we’re getting to the inevitable final four. Well, possibly not. If you’d asked me who would be in the final four… Well, I’d have picked two of these, accepted the inevitable third, but the fourth place? Well, I wouldn’t have picked that writer, but as the seeding – based on the number of votes received in the first round – has played out perfectly with the top four making it to the final.
The quarter-finals weren’t particularly close. Agatha’s vote share slipped to a mere 85% this time, seeing of Josephine Tey. Dorothy L Sayers took twice as many votes as her opponent, Anthony Berkeley and John Dickson Carr flattened Ellery Queen with 80% of the votes – slightly surprised at the extent of that one, to be honest. The closest was Edmund Crispin vs Rex Stout, but it was never that close, with Crispin taking over 60% of the votes.
So now we’re down to the semi-finals, and I supposed the question is who plays who. The layout of the draw has been planned from the start, in case you think I’m fiddling things, so here we go. One of these, I think, is pretty predictable, whereas the other… who knows?
This round closes on Monday at noon – you’ve got 48 hours to have your say…