Books in category Literary Criticism – Mystery & Detective

  • Dreams of Justice

    Dreams of Justice
    Dick Adler

    Dick Adler reviews mysteries and thrillers every other week in his Crime Watch column for the Chicago Tribune.

  • The Essential Elements of the Detective Story 1820 1891

    The Essential Elements of the Detective Story, 1820-1891
    LeRoy Lad Panek, Mary M. Bendel-Simso

    Drawing on the unprecedented access provided by digital collections of period newspapers and magazines, this book examines detective fiction during its formative years, focusing on such crucial elements as setting, lawyers and the law, …

  • Gumshoes

    Gumshoes
    Mitzi Brunsdale

    Presents roughly 150 alphabetically arranged entries on fictional detectives and the works in which they appear.

  • Clues A Journal of Detection Vol 35 No 2 Fall 2017

    Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall 2017)
    Janice M. Allan

  • Maigret Simenon and France

    Maigret, Simenon and France
    Bill Alder

    His Maigret stories are regarded by many as having established a new direction in crime fiction, emphasizing social and psychological portraiture rather than focussing on a puzzle to be solved or on “action.” This book examines the …

  • City and Shore

    City and Shore
    Gillian Mary Hanson

    The book includes a short biography and listing of primary works for the authors covered, and appendices offer suggested fiction utilizing the two settings, and critical nonfiction covering the genre.

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed

    Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: The Boom in British Thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed
    Mike Ripley

    An entertaining history of British thrillers from Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed, in which award-winning crime writer Mike Ripley reveals that, though Britain may have lost an empire, her thrillers helped save the world.

  • Unwilling Executioner

    Unwilling Executioner
    Andrew Pepper

    These are all deeply political writers even if their novels exhibit no interest in directly promoting political causes or parties.

  • Bloody Italy

    Bloody Italy
    Patricia Prandini Buckler

    These new essays comprise a critical analysis of present-day crime fiction and nonfiction works set in Italy (all of which are available in English).

  • Perfectly Plum

    Perfectly Plum
    Leah Wilson

    The contributors praise the way the series smartly spoofs that familiar chick-lit epiphany—I have a bad job and what I really want is a good man!—in Bounty Hunting as a Metaphor for Dating, Why Stephanie Should Quit Her Job … but …

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