The Queens of Crime: Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle - all of these detectives, some amateurs, some professional - are the creations of one woman, Agatha Christie. Dame Agatha Christie started writing as a young woman, but it wasn’t until 1920, when her first Hercule Poirot novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published that her…
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The Queens of Crime: Margery Allingham

MR ALBERT CAMPION Coups neatly executed Nothing sordid, vulgar or plebian            Deserving cases preferred Police no object So reads the business card of Margery Allingham’s detective/adventurer, Albert Campion.   Campion first appears as a side character in The Crime at Black Dudley, but he was so insistently present throughout the story that Allingham made him…
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Literary Origins: Sherlock Holmes and the History of Detective Fiction

Detective and crime-related stories are one of the most popular genres of fiction. In literary form, detective novels are so numerous that publishing companies devote entire labels to the genre and release hundreds of entries per year. Detective/crime-related narratives have become a major part of television programming, with networks basing their entire primetime schedule around crime-related series…
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Hero by Mike Lupica

Fourteen-year old Zach Harriman lives in New York City with his mother and father. He has been living the life of a typical teen until his father is killed under mysterious circumstances. In Mike Lupica's book Hero, Zach decides that following the devastating loss of his father, he wants to get to the bottom of the…
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History of the Modern Detective

By John Gaines Detective fiction remains a major field in popular literature both for authors and readers. Many new trends and subgenres have emerged in literary detective fiction during the last twenty years, both redefining and broadening the genre. Some of the currently popular subgenres are historical fiction, fiction featuring minority characters, and detective fiction…
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