Here's an interesting project: artist Daniel Moore is creating a detective story through the use of public domain images such as 1920s movie stills.
Featuring History of Mystery/Detective Fiction and Other Literary Ramblings of Elizabeth Foxwell
Monday, March 20, 2023
Creating a detective story through art.
Here's an interesting project: artist Daniel Moore is creating a detective story through the use of public domain images such as 1920s movie stills.
Monday, March 13, 2023
New mystery audiobooks from Librivox.
Librivox, which marshals volunteer readers to produce free audiobooks of works in the public domain, has some new mystery-related offerings:
- A Modern Mephistopheles by Louisa May Alcott
(an Alcott "blood and thunder" tale)
- The Tower Treasure by Frankin W. Dixon (the Hardy Boys debut)
- The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Moon Rock by Arthur J. Rees (man with an aristocratic title claim is murdered)
- The Unholy Three by Tod Robbins (carnival performers become criminals)
- Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers (Lord Peter's brother is accused of murder)
- Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers (Lord Peter looks into a potential murder)
- The Fellowship of the Frog by Edgar Wallace (cop and prosecutor chase a dastardly secret society)
Want to volunteer as a reader? Visit this webpage.
Monday, March 06, 2023
Grants for academic research, Sisters in Crime.
Interested in projects of previous recipients? Go here.
Monday, February 27, 2023
Online TCU exhibition on dime novels.
Monday, February 20, 2023
The agonies of the agony column.
The Ciphers of The Times project at McGill University (headed by Nathalie Cooke) explores the Victorian agony column in the Times of London that often involved messages from criminals and detectives, including ways that messages in this column were encoded. The project includes an online interactive game where a person can play detective by following clues in a sample column. There also are discussion and data regarding "newspaper novels" (those that involve newspapers in their plots) such as The Female Detective (1864) by Andrew Forrester (aka James Redding Ware) and Lady Audley's Secret (1862) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. An additional resource is the accompanying exhibition "News and Novel Sensations."
Monday, February 13, 2023
Ruh-roh: Scooby-Doo exhibition.
Running through April 9, 2023, is "Scooby-Doo Mansion Mayhem" exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, in Dearborn, Michigan, where visitors can solve mysteries alongside Scooby, Shaggy, and gang.
Monday, February 06, 2023
Clues CFP: BIPOC female detectives.
Seeking to illuminate an often marginalized space, this Clues theme issue will focus on female detectives who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color); span eras, genres, and geographical locations; and appear in texts, TV programs, films, and other media. Of particular interest are intersections among race, indigeneity, gender, age, class, or sexuality in these works, as well as projects that center BIPOC authorship and scholarship.
Some Suggested Topics:
- BIPOC female detective figures in African and Asian crime fiction, such as in works by Leye Adenle, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Angela Makholwa, and Jane De Suza.
- BIPOC female detectives in hard-boiled and traditional mysteries that might include characters such as Carolina Garcia-Aguilera’s Lupe Solano, Eleanor Taylor Bland’s Marti MacAlister, Leslie Glass’s April Woo, Sujata Massey’s Rei Shimura and Perveen Mistry, Marcia Muller’s Sharon McCone, BarbaraNeely’s Blanche White, S. J. Rozan’s Lydia Chin, Valerie Wilson Wesley’s Tamara Hayle and Odessa Jones, and Paula L. Woods’s Charlotte Justice.
- BIPOC female detectives in film and television series such as Get Christie Love! (1974–75, TV movie 2018), Angie Tribeca (2016), and Black Earth Rising (2018).
- BIPOC female detectives in comics/graphic novels such as Storm and Misty Knight of Marvel Comics, Martha Washington of Dark Horse Comics, and Vixen of DC Comics.
- BIPOC female sidekicks such as Janet Evanovich’s Lula, Elementary’s Joan H. Watson, or BIPOC detecting teams such as those in Cheryl Head’s Charlie Mack series or Ausmat Zehanat Khan’s Inaya Rahman series.
- BIPOC female detectives of male authors such as Kwei Quartey, Deon Meyer, and Alexander McCall Smith.
- Analyses of historical BIPOC female detectives in crime fiction such as in Fergus Hume’s Hagar of the Pawnshop (1898) and Pauline E. Hopkins’s Hagar’s Daughter (1901).
- Analyses that queer the BIPOC female detective, or examine the intersections between gender and sexuality in these works.
- Relationships between BIPOC female detectives and criminals/criminality.
Submissions should include a proposal of approximately 250 words and a brief biosketch. Proposals due: April 30, 2023. Submit proposals to: Prof. Sam Naidu, email: s.naidu <at> ru.ac.za. Full manuscripts of approximately 6,000 words based on an accepted proposal will be due by September 30, 2023.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Henry Mancini and Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy.
Monday, January 23, 2023
Shirley Jackson panel.
Monday, January 16, 2023
Sherlock Holmes items from Guymon collection at California Antiquarian Book Fair.
|Ned Guymon with his |
first wife, Ernestine, in 1923.
There also is a Guymon collection at Bowling Green State University.
Monday, January 09, 2023
Upcoming classic thrillers, Library of America.
(1) Five Classic Thrillers 1961–1964 (The Murderers by Fredric Brown, The Name of the Game Is Death by Dan J. Marlowe, Dead Calm by Charles Williams, The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes, The Score by Richard Stark [Donald Westlake])
(2) Four Classic Thrillers 1964–1969 (The Fiend by Margaret Millar, Doll by Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], Run Man Run by Chester Himes, The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith)
Below are some critics' reactions to the works in these volumes.
Re Brown's The Murderers: Sgt. Cuff [John Winterich] in 30 Sept. 1961 Saturday Review dubbed it "highly amative."
Re Highsmith's Tremor of Forgery: Terrence Rafferty in the 4 Jan. 1988 New Yorker dubbed the book "nihilistic."
Re Himes's Run Man Run: Sgt. Cuff in the 31 Dec. 1966 Saturday Review regarded this as a "[t]aut, devilish, ably-written slice of life—and death."
Re Hughes's Expendable Man (Edgar nominee, Best Novel): Kirkus lauded its "savage momentum."
Re Marlowe's The Name of the Game Is Death: Anthony Boucher in the 11 Feb 1962 New York Times believed that Marlowe had reached "an impressive new high."
Monday, January 02, 2023
The latest from John Straley.
Monday, December 26, 2022
Shirley Jackson, department store clerk.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Foxwell ebooks sale.
Monday, December 12, 2022
Second Oddest Book Title Award for McFarland.
Monday, December 05, 2022
Lady Audley in the dock.
Monday, November 28, 2022
A Bunburyist milestone.
A milestone sneaked up on me: The Bunburyist has passed its 1 millionth view. When I began this blog in November 2005, I really had no idea if anyone would be interested in my posts (visitors probably have noticed that I am particularly fond of archival mystery goodies and exhibitions on mysteries, as I think these can tend to be overlooked and are valuable resources). In recent years, I've had to cut back on blogging because of work and writing commitments and the addition of my blog on US women in World War I—even wondering at times if I should end this blog. So, if you've ever stopped by, thanks.
Here are the top-10 posts with the most views:
|Eugène François Vidocq, |
from Memoires de Vidocq,
Chef de la Police de Sureté
Jusqu'en 1827. Paris, 1828–29.
9. Remembering Adam West: The Detectives. Although Adam West probably is best known as the titular character in the TV series Batman, he previously played Detective Sergeant Steve Nelson in the TV series The Detectives.
8. Shoot to Kill (film noir, 1947). A murder involves a gangster, a DA, a DA's wife/secretary, and a reporter.
7. "Iniquity is catching": Frank R. Stockton's The Stories of the Three Burglars (1889). Burglars bargain with a wronged homeowner in this work by the author of "The Lady, or the Tiger?"
6. "Security Risk" (GE True, 1963). A tale of espionage narrated by Jack Webb, directed by William Conrad, and starring Charles Aickman.
5. "Iconic detectives" exhibition at Ohio State. Library exhibition that featured "detectives from dime novels, young adult books, comic books, films, and manga."
4. Hidden Fear (film, 1957). US cop John Payne works in Denmark to clear his sister of a murder charge.
3. "The Grave Grass Quivers," by MacKinlay Kantor. The poignant 1931 story by a Pulitzer Prize winner of a doctor who seeks to learn the fate of his long-missing father and brother.
2. "Committed" (with Alan Ladd, 1954). In this episode of GE Theater, a writer is framed for murder and confined to an asylum.
1. The dozen best detective short stories ever written. Selected by author-critics such as Anthony Boucher, John Dickson Carr, August Derleth, Howard Haycraft, Ellery Queen, James Sandoe, and Vincent Starrett.
Friday, November 25, 2022
McFarland's 40% off sale.
McFarland is having a 40% off sale on all its titles until Nov 28 with coupon code HOLIDAY22. It's a good time to stock up on the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction that I edit; check out the full companion lineup.
Monday, November 21, 2022
A friend of Sherlock Holmes.
|Irving Bacheller, from his|
1917 passport application
Monday, November 14, 2022
New: The Crime World of Michael Connelly.
Monday, November 07, 2022
McFarland nabs 3 nominees for Oddest Book Title.
After last year's triumph with Is Superman Circumcised?, McFarland now has three nominees for this year's Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title:
- Jane Austen and the Buddha: Teachers of Enlightenment by Kathryn Duncan (I looked at the final proofs of this book, which is an interesting discussion of Buddhist concepts that appear in Austen's work).
- The Many Lives of Scary Clowns: Essays on Pennywise, Twisty, the Joker, Krusty and More. ed. Ron Riekki (for those who love clowns in the horror genre).
- RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on Teaching and Learning with RuPaul’s Drag Race, ed. Lindsay Bryde and Tommy Mayberry
Members of the public may cast their vote for the award (the deadline is November 26).Update, December 10, 2022. The winning book is McFarland's RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on Teaching and Learning with RuPaul’s Drag Race, ed. Lindsay Bryde and Tommy Mayberry
Monday, October 31, 2022
"Sherlock Holmes: The Exhibition" in Minnesota.
Monday, October 24, 2022
"Kentish Tales" exhibition.
|J. S. Fletcher|
Monday, October 17, 2022
Clues 40.2: Columbo, Chandler, Christie, Dexter, Ms. Fisher, Teaching Forum, and more.
Clues 40.2 (2022) has been published, featuring its first Teaching Forum—this one on teaching crime fiction after Black Lives Matter, engaging with issues such as race, gender, and class. As usual, we are delighted to have contributors from around the world. See below for abstracts. Contact McFarland for subscriptions or a print copy of the journal.
Update, 12-30-22. The ebook versions of the issue are now available: Kindle, Nook, Google Play
Around the World Backwards and Forwards
CAROLINE REITZ (John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY/CUNY Graduate School)
Caroline Reitz, the executive editor of Clues, provides an overview of the issue, including articles on Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Columbo, Colin Dexter, contemporary European crime narratives, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, forensic psychiatrists in crime fiction, Deon Meyer, Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, and a forum on teaching crime fiction after Black Lives Matter.
Rethinking Raymond Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder” (1944/1946)
STEWART KING (Monash University, Australia)
This review article revisits Raymond Chandler’s essay “The Simple Art of Murder” and examines its ongoing relevance for crime fiction studies. It asks to what extent does Chandler’s iconic essay help us to understand and explain the crime genre, both historically and today.
Intersecting Crime: South African State Capture and the Hero-Criminal Binary in Deon Meyer’s The Last Hunt (2019) / SAM NAIDU (Rhodes University, South Africa)
Deon Meyer’s The Last Hunt can be categorized as African noir in its themes of political disillusionment, corruption, and crimes of the state against its citizens, shedding light on contemporary African-European relations. The article examines the novel’s intersections of time, space, national, and transnational with criminal and detective characters, and the blurriness of the hero-criminal binary.
Contemporary European Crime Narratives: “Euro-Glocal”?
THEO D’HAEN (University of Leiden, The Netherlands/Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
The article makes a case for the emergence of a particularly European brand of crime fiction, film, and television series that fosters a closer European union.
“Mystery” Beyond Reason:
Mr. Quin, a Revealer of the Powers of Fiction According to Agatha Christie?
MARC VERVEL (Université de Paris, France)
The short story collection The Mysterious Mr. Quin has a special place in Agatha Christie’s work. In these stories where rational investigation opens up to the supernatural, Christie theorizes what is at stake in the desire to read and proposes an expanded conception of the detective story.
The Skeptical Poetics of Colin Dexter’s Morse Novels
Michal Sýkora (Palacký University, Czech Republic)
This article argues that Detective Chief Inspector Morse is a different figure in Colin Dexter’s novels than the popular television series. The author locates Dexter’s novels in British postwar crime fiction, with attention to representations of the social reality of Oxford and gender issues, and reads The Wench Is Dead to argue Morse’s hermeneutic approach to investigation reveals an ironic skepticism about truth.
Colin Dexter’s Classicism / MATTHEW WRIGHT (University of Exeter, UK)
Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse books, unlike any other detective novels, are saturated with references to Greek and Latin language and literature. This article explores the significance of Classics and classical scholarship in Dexter’s world and argues that the novels present a consistent (and consistently troubling) view of education and culture.
Monday, October 10, 2022
Sherlock Holmes Room in Japan.
Monday, October 03, 2022
The Thirty-Nine Steps on WWI podcast.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Clues CFP: “Teaching Crime Fiction as Creative Writing.”
Are you teaching crime, detective, or mystery fiction as a creative discipline? Have you expanded teaching it as a literary or sociological phenomenon to incorporate creative elements? Have you come from a creative background to incorporate the practice of writing crime and detective fiction? What has changed about your approach in recent years, and what changes do you anticipate?
Clues: A Journal of Detection is looking for 500- to 750-word contributions for volume 41.2 (2023). Accounts from all classroom spaces (high school, college, graduate school, prisons, etc.) and teachers at all stages of their careers are welcome. Student voices are also welcome! Submissions are due February 1, 2023. For more information or to submit essays, please contact Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, j.bernthal-hooker [at] uos.ac.uk.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Upcoming Tasmania mystery exhibition.
Monday, September 12, 2022
Sherlock Holmes exhibition redux.
Monday, September 05, 2022
Oslo exhibition on Jo Nesbø's series.
The National Library of Norway is offering the exhibition "Labyrinth: Tracing Harry Hole," which explores Jo Nesbø's popular series through the device of a labyrinth. Exhibit items include a reader's report on the first book in the series and an unpublished manuscript. The exhibition is on view until November 5, 2022.