Buy Books by GDH & M Cole
George Douglas Howard Cole and Margaret Cole were a husband and wife team responsible for twenty-eight detective fiction novels and four short story collections. Although the books are jointly credited, it seems they took turns to write each book, as opposed to collaborating on each one. The exact authorship of each particular book has not, so far as I am aware, been established.
George, born on 25 September 1889, was an eminent scholar, having studied at St Paul's School, London and
later at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a noted left-wing economist and wrote extensively
on the subject. Given the nature of the site, however, we shall confine ourselves to the criminous
Their work was consistent, although not particularly outstanding when compared to
some other authors of the period.
This is even acknowledged by Margaret Cole in her biography
of her husband's life. Reference to their crime fiction works merited a mere two pages.
The Coles, it seems, considered it more of a hobby than a serious venture, indeed
describing their efforts as "competent but not more".
The popularity of the Coles today owes much to the fact that the majority of their early work was published by Collins under the Crime Club imprint, benefitting also from some very attractive dust wrapper artwork.
© R.D. Collins 2004
GDH and M Cole Bibliography
Books Wanted Bibliographies DW Artists