(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

In a long career, Andrew Garve produced more than forty books of mystery, detection, thrills, and romance. Difficult to categorize under one heading, he was known not only for his productivity but also for the variety of his themes and settings and his ingenious plots. It has been suggested that he never wrote the same book twice, and although he repeated some of his characters, he never developed the series pattern carried out by many of his fellow writers in this genre. Each of his stories appears to have developed naturally out of its context and the personalities of its characters.

Although Garve uses police characters involved in classic tales of detection, more frequently his hero is a dedicated amateur. The reader identifies with these likable protagonists, sharing in their initial bafflement and participating in their solution of the mystery. A number of Garve’s novels were adapted for radio or television, both in the United States and Great Britain, and two were the basis for popular films. Garve died in January, 2001, in Surrey, England.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Adrian, Jack. “Obituary: Andrew Garve.” The Independent, March 8, 2001, p. 6. Obituary of Garve notes his several pseudonyms and his leftist leanings. Describes his works as suspenseful and diverse in plot and locale.

Barzun, Jacques, and Wendell Hertig Taylor. “Preface to No Tears for Hilda.” In A Book of Prefaces to Fifty Classics of Crime Fiction, 1900-1950. New York: Garland, 1976. Preface by two preeminent scholars of mystery and detective fiction, arguing for the novel’s place in the annals of the genre.

Becker, Mary Helen. “Andrew Garve.” In Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers, edited by John M. Reilly. 2d ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. Compares Garve to other practitioners of the mystery genre and discusses their unique contributions.

Horsley, Lee. Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. Very useful overview of the history and parameters of the crime-fiction genre; helps place Garve’s work within that genre.

Steinbrunner, Chris, and Otto Penzler, eds. Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976. Garve’s entry in this dictionary of mystery fiction, plays, and cinema includes details of both his literary works and their adaptations to other media.