The Golden Age

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The Golden Age of detective fiction refers to both specific sub-genre and (the cozy) and the historical period (the interwar years) (James, 2009). It is loosely defined as a soft-boiled detective fiction released between the two wars (World War 1 and World War 2). The Golden age of detective fiction was arguably caused by the interwar period (James, 2009). This paper seeks to discuss, with references to the fictions of Agatha Christie and other canonical Golden Age texts, why the Detection fiction of the interwar period was described as a “Golden Age." During this period, the detective novels were largely characterized by their intellectual games between the reader and author, and the clue-based mysteries (Scaggs, 2005). In this era, a Detection Club that consisted of renowned detective authors, agreed on rules that a writer of detective fiction was to operate. One of these rules was the “Cluepuzzle." From the clues, both the reader and detective were to ensure they drew rational conclusions. Other rules agreed upon included the crime, the detective, the setting, and the criminal. These rules made the Golden Age a distinct sub-genre within the context of crime fiction. It was during this period that the spinster detectives became more popular, especially on the fictional stage. Prior to this era, detectives were dominated by men, with women taking the roles of villains or victims. Women rarely played a role of the main protagonists (Scaggs, 2005). To this effect, women
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