Thriller writers, old and new, with firm grips on their nibs

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Thriller writers, old and new, with firm grips on their nibs

From Lee Child to Alexander McCall Smith, Michéle Rowe and Attica Locke, detective lovers are spoilt for choice

Sunday Times Book Editor

I devoured thrillers this summer break and now I can’t seem to stop. They are highly addictive. I do read other books in between, but need a constant fix. When I see covers with those mostly naff three-word titles, I am hooked (which is also a good name for a thriller and probably is).

One of my favourite detectives, Hercule Poirot, was supposedly turning 100 this year, according to a few websites. However, he has been around for 101 years — 2020 was his centenary.

The eccentric detective from Belgium first appeared in Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which debuted in October 1920. His character was (along with many others) the spark of my love for detectives and mystery thrillers. ..

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