Monday, December 28, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
|Anthony Boucher, an author in the California Detective Fiction Collection |
Monday, December 14, 2020
Monday, December 07, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
|Erle Stanley Gardner|
Monday, November 16, 2020
|Rex Stout by Arnold Genthe, 1931. |
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Div.
Matt Barton, curator of the Library of Congress' Recorded Sound Section, discusses author Rex Stout's roles on the radio that are reflected in more than 40 LOC holdings. These encompass various incarnations of Stout's sleuth Nero Wolfe, Stout's appearances on Information Please, his hosting duties for Speaking of Liberty, and his participation in an episode about the detective story on the NBC program Conversation with critics Clifton Fadiman and Jacques Barzun. Said Stout in the Conversation program, "They're pretty bum stories, the Sherlock Holmes stories. . . . at least two thirds are pretty doggone silly." (It should be noted that Stout wrote the infamous essay "Watson Was a Woman.")
Monday, November 09, 2020
|Gertrude Atherton, ca. 1906–12.|
Library of Congress, Prints and
by John C. Tibbetts
• Finding Sherlock Holmes in Weird Fiction by Nancy Holder
• "The Weird Dominions of the Infinite": Edgar Allan Poe and the Scientific Gothic by Sorina Higgins
Monday, November 02, 2020
|"Mary Rogers, The Cigar Girl." NYPL|
On Nov 7 at 4 pm, the Hoboken Historical Museum will host a virtual presentation by Montclair State University professor emerita Amy Gilman Srebnick on "The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers,” the case that inspired Edgar Allan Poe's "The Mystery of Marie Roget."
Monday, October 26, 2020
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
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Monday, April 27, 2020
The project has provided many valuable mystery-related works, including those by female authors such as Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Anna Katharine Green, and Metta Fuller Victor (aka Seeley Regester).
|Illustration from The Figure Eight (1869), by Seeley Regester|
(aka Metta Fuller Victor). NIU Nickels and Dimes Collection
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
• John Ball's In the Heat of the Night
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
|Mary Elizabeth Braddon's |
Three Times Dead (1881).
Nickels & Dimes Collection, NIU
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Monday, April 06, 2020
Introduction: Beginnings and Endings / JANICE M. ALLAN (Salford University)
The Clues executive editor outlines the content of Clues 38.1, with articles on authors such as Isaac Asimov, Cheng Xiaoqing, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ruth Dugdall, James Ellroy, Gillian Flynn, Dashiell Hammett, Tatiana Lobo, Satyajit Ray, Susanne Staun, and Olen Steinhauer.
“Floating Unmoored”: The World of “Tourism” in Olen Steinhauer’s Espionage Trilogy / ROBERT LANCE SNYDER (University of West Georgia)
Olen Steinhauer’s espionage trilogy dramatizes its protagonist’s struggle to forge a centered identity after years of service as a black-ops agent in the CIA’s fictive Department of Tourism. By committing himself to his wife and stepdaughter, Milo Weaver escapes a downward spiral into suicidal disintegration captured by the trope of “floating unmoored.” The series’ recursivity involves structural elements that can be identified as momentum and world-building.
Altering the Hypermasculine through the Feminine: Female Masculinity in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl / BETH STRATTON
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl offers a modern take on the neo-homosocial triangle that results in the triumph of a female masculinity. With the aid of his queer-coded sister, the character of Nick learns to temper his hypermasculinity with a more feminized version of masculinity to win back his wife, Amy.
Hard-Boiled Queers and Communists: James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere / JOSHUA COMYN (Trinity College, University of Melbourne)
This article argues that the characterization of the killer in James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere (1988), together with Ellroy’s development as a novelist, can be illuminated through the representation of psychoanalysis and Marxism within the novel, as well as by the historical context of the novel’s fictional setting.
Resisting Invisibility: Mothers and Human Trafficking in Ruth Dugdall’s Nowhere Girl and Susanne Staun’s Skadestuen / CHARLOTTE BEYER (University of Gloucestershire)
Human trafficking is regularly presented in twenty-first-century crime fiction, frequently through stereotypes of femininity but rarely involving mothers or maternal experience. This article seeks to remedy this gap in representation by analyzing two twenty-first-century crime novels featuring trafficking plots that focus specifically on the politics of representing mothers.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
|New edition of Anna Katharine Green's|
That Affair Next Door (1897) coming
soon from Poisoned Pen Press/Sourcebooks
Here's my original post on the subject.
Update, 5-26-20. I've been advised that the induction is being moved to June 7, 2021.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
|John Buchan. NYPL|
Monday, March 09, 2020
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Monday, March 02, 2020
• Chandler's Canadian WWI service record (notes his status as a "naturalized British citizen" and includes his description of himself as a journalist. Fans may be amused by the mistake in his medical exam record, in which his first name is rendered as "Reginald.")
|Chandler's signature from his Canadian discharge papers.|
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020
• Smithsonian magazine on the Great Train Robbery
• 2014 documentary on the robbery—A Tale of Two Thieves:
Monday, February 17, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
|Jack Hawkins in Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)|
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
|Anna Katharine Green. NYPL|
The induction dinner will be held at the Princeton Club in New York, and Rebecca Crozier, a great-great granddaughter of Green, is expected to attend. I will be there as well.
More on the 2020 inductees
Update, 3-26-20. The induction dinner has been moved to September 14.
Update, 5-26-20. I've been advised that the induction is being moved to June 7, 2021.
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
|G. K. Chesterton, 1904. NYPL|
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
The Lamberton Road, New Jersey
As you'll see by your tourists' guide,
Is more of a byway than just the right highway
To take for a pleasure ride;
It follows the Delaware River,
From Trenton, for miles on miles,
Past garbage dumps and sewage pumps
And a slow stream's rotting piles.
The Lamberton Road, New Jersey,
Runs by a forbidding spot,
Where some unknown, in a day long flown,
Erected a miserable cot;
It now has become weatherbeaten,
And bent by the weight of time—
A decrepit shack, turned a somber black,
A dwelling predestined for crime.
Down Lamberton Road, New Jersey,
Bill Angell, attorney, drives
His car, one night, in the fading light,
Till at the old shack he arrives;
To Bill comes a strange, eerie feeling,
As he draws up with bated breath.
And with nervous quakes, applies the brakes
Of his car by that house marked for death.
On Lamberton Road, New Jersey,
Re-echoes a feminine scream;
It comes from a room of that house in the gloom
Like the wail of a hideous dream;
Then out from the house darts a woman;
She enters her automobile—
A terror-stricken lass, who steps on the gas,
And scrams out of sight with a squeal.
From Lamberton Road, New Jersey,
Bill Angell then enters the door,
And under his eyes, immediately spies
A man stretched out flat on the floor;
The man has a message to whisper:
"A veiled woman knifed me!" he cries;
As Bill grabs his paws (they're his brother-in-law's)
The b-in-l. shudders and dies.
On Lamberton Road, New Jersey,
In that shanty, forbidding and lone,
A murder's committed, and are we outwitted?
We are, for no motive is shown;
But right from the start we're delighted,
To the close of the tale's final scene
By the deeds energetic, phrenetic, kinetic,
Of magnetic Ellery Queen.
(Lamberton Road, BTW, does indeed run along the Delaware River in Trenton.)