Aural Tapestry – Queens of Crime

Memorial to the writer Agatha Christie erected in 2012 at the eastern end of Cranbourn Street at the corner of St Martin's Lane.
Memorial to the writer Agatha Christie erected in 2012 at the eastern end of Cranbourn Street at the corner of St Martin’s Lane (© Alan Stanton/Flickr)

David Swatling meets three crime writers of the post-Agatha Christie era who have made their mark on crime fiction. However, the ladies – P.D. James, Ruth Rendell and Mary Wings – don’t like to be called queens of crime.