Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Monday, October 05, 2020
|Oscar Homolka and Sylvia|
Sidney in Hitchcock's Sabotage
The virtual London Book Club of the University of Notre Dame is currently covering "Hitchcock in London." The episodes include discussions of works adapted for Alfred Hitchcock films such as Marie Belloc Lowndes's The Lodger and Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent. Catch up with episodes here.
Monday, September 28, 2020
|A scene from Susan Glaspell's "Trifles," n.d. NYPL|
Shadowpath Theatre and Newmarket Public Library in Ontario, Canada, will be offering a free virtual reading of Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" (which is the earlier play version of her famous 1917 short story "A Jury of Her Peers"). In the play, two women solve a murder that baffles male investigators. The reading will take place on October 1 at 7 pm EDT. Register here for the event.
Update, October 5, 2020. Watch the play reading below.
Monday, September 21, 2020
|Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)|
meets a librarian from the Hollywood Public
Library (Carole Douglas) in the trailer to
The Big Sleep (1946)
Peter Igelström, librarian at Linköping University's Valla Library, takes an entertaining look at the relationship of hardboiled detectives to libraries and librarians. "One wonders why the library is a potential stigma to a hard-boiled detective," he states.
Monday, September 14, 2020
The podcast In GAD We Trust hosts translator Louise Heal Kawai, who worked on the 2019 translations of The Honjin Murders (1946) by eminent Japanese mystery author Seishi Yokomizo and Murder in the Crooked House (1982) by Soji Shimada. She describes the challenges of the translator such as trying to convey cultural facets that may not be familiar to the reader.
Monday, September 07, 2020
Among the projects on which the National Archives is requesting volunteer transcribing assistance are court-martial case files of Army Colonel Jack W. Durant and his wife, Captain Kathleen Nash Durant, who were convicted (along with co-conspirator David Watson) of stealing the House of Hesse crown jewels after World War II (Countess Margaret of Hesse-Kassel was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and the Duke of Edinburgh's sister Sophie married into the family). For discussions of the case, see Geoffrey E. Duin's article on HistoryNet and Fred L. Borch III's article in The Army Lawyer.
For details on the Citizen Archivist projects at the National Archives, go here.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
Volume 38, number 2 of Clues: A Journal of Detection, guest edited by Maurizio Ascari (University of Bologna), has been published on the theme "Genre B(l)ending: Crime's Hybrid Forms." Below are the abstracts for the issue. Contact McFarland to order the issue or a Clues subscription.
Introduction: Make It New, but Don’t Forget / MAURIZIO ASCARI (University of Bologna)
G. K. Chesterton’s Postmodern Anti-Detective Story: Generic Innovation
and Transgression in “The White Pillars Murder” / NILS CLAUSSON (University of Regina, Canada)
G. K. Chesterton’s undervalued story “The White Pillars Murder” anticipates the postmodern anti-detective story in the way it transgresses the conventions of the Holmes-style analytic detective story and subversively introduces political critique into a genre, the Golden Age country house mystery, widely regarded as either apolitical or conservative.
Murder, Mayhem, and Madness: John Dickson Carr’s Gothic Detective Stories / STEFANO SERAFINI (University of Toronto)
This essay investigates the contact zones between gothic and detective fiction within the early work of the significant yet largely neglected author John Dickson Carr. By revealing the transgressive and contaminated character of his narratives, this essay also provides a more nuanced picture of interwar crime-writing, the literary boundaries of which were constantly violated and renegotiated.
The Cowboy and the Detective: The Case of Craig Johnson / ANTOINE DECHÊNE
This essay focuses on Craig Johnson’s charismatic protagonist Walt Longmire, the county sheriff of Absaroka, Wyoming. A cowboy-detective par excellence, Longmire embodies the interrelationship between the Western and detective fiction while offering a good example of “glocal literature”—that is, a form of literature that is both global and local.
James Church’s A Corpse in the Koryo and His Inspector O Series: A Noir/Spy Thriller Hybrid Set in North Korea / DAVID C. WRIGHT JR. (Misericordia University)
Analysis of A Corpse in the Koryo, the first book in the Inspector O series by James Church, shows that this series featuring a North Korean detective constitutes a successful genre hybrid: a hard-boiled detective thriller, à la Raymond Chandler, combined with a spy novel in the style of John le Carré.
Monday, August 17, 2020
|E. Phillips Oppenheim. NYPL|
The Seattle Public Library offers the Thrilling Tales podcast with short story readings (in both audio and transcription form). One episode features E. Phillips Oppenheim's "The Reckoning with Otto Schreed" (1922), and another has the G. K. Chesterton story "The Hammer of God" (1910) with Father Brown.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
|Velona Pilcher (center) in the Stanford opera |
In Dutch. Stanford Quad, 1917, p. 110.
Monday, August 03, 2020
|William Faulkner by Carl Van Vechten.|
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div
- "Wasps' Nest" by Agatha Christie
- "The Landlady" by Roald Dahl (Edgar winner, Best Short Story)
- "Poison" by Roald Dahl
- "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
- "Wikipedia Brown" by B. J. Novak
- "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe
- "Here Lies Another Blackmailer" by Bill Pronzini
- "The Hangman" by Ian Rankin
Monday, July 27, 2020
|Arthur Morrison. NYPL|
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• Update, September 24, 2020. Episode 4, "The Horror of the Heights" by Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)
Monday, July 20, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
|Kyrle Bellew as A. J. Raffles in|
the play "Raffles, the Amateur
Cracksman" by E. W. Hornung
and Eugene W. Presbrey.
Ca. 1903. NYPL.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
As usual, Clues considers manuscripts on all aspects of mystery, detective, and crime fiction on an ongoing basis, so authors who have a manuscript on a topic that falls outside the Call for Proposals are welcome to submit to Clues Executive Editor Caroline Reitz at any time.
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
|Craig Rice, right, with producer Bob Fellows.|
Monday, June 08, 2020
Friday, June 05, 2020
She succeeds Dr. Janice Allan (University of Salford, UK), who has served as executive editor for eight years. As the longtime managing editor of Clues, I am grateful for Dr. Allan's long service and look forward to working with Dr. Reitz.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
The following mystery-related works are included:
- No. 24: The Director's Cut, by Nicholas Royle
- No. 30: Fear in the Sunlight, by Nicola Upson
- No. 32: Flicker, by Theodore Roszak
- No. 37: The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares
- No. 40: L.A. Confidential, by James Ellroy
- No. 47: The Little Sister, by Raymond Chandler
- No. 55: Missing Reels, by Farran Smith Nehme