Introduction to British Golden Age Detective Fiction. For its fans, the Golden Age of detective fiction is the apex of the genre, embodying all of the important elements that make the form so appealing. It’s the combination of the atmosphere created in the novels, the complex puzzle that is solved mostly by sheer wit without the help of modern forensic science, and the nostalgia that keep people reading. While authors such as E.A. Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave birth to the modern detective story, the Golden Age authors honed and polished it, giving it the shape and tone that we love best. Books - The Visual Display of Quantitative Informa. Free Online Literature and Study Guides.