In the last couple of years I've enjoyed the series published via the British Library from the golden age of detection. These may seem less interesting to our bang wham culture but I've discovered some fascinating authors like Anthony Berkeley, responsible for the formation of The Detection Club, an invitation only group of writers which still exists. Its current President is Martin Edwards, editor of the British Library series. In his own right a very fine writer with series set in Liverpool and the Lake District.
I'm part way through a book of short stories put together by Martin Edwards as a tribute to Peter Lovesey, creator of Cribb and Peter Diamond. Fun read as each author weaves into their story connections to Peter Lovesey's writing. Contributors to this 80th birthday celebration include Ann Cleves, Michael Jecks and Simon Brett.
I was lucky enough to hear Martin Edwards speak about his own writing and interest in The Golden Age of Detection. It's always good to hear what starts people writing and I learned a lot about that period of writing though I've re-read Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers for years. They're some of my go to authors when I'm frustrated with my own writing.