Monday, May 30, 2022

Dorothy L. Sayers as anthologist.

In the latest issue of Literature & History, past Clues contributor and guest editor Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester) delves into Dorothy L. Sayers's role as anthologist, such as her celebrated role as editor of the Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror series for Gollancz (US title: Omnibus of Crime). Stewart argues that Sayers's selections pointed to a focus on a historical overview of the detective story form, reflected her perceptions of the most outstanding stories of the genre, and enabled connections to mystery writers of the day.

Monday, May 23, 2022

The work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

Dover ed. of Braddon's
Lady Audley's Secret
Over at the journal Women's Writing, there is a special issue on the work of sensation author Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835–1915), guest edited by Janine Hatter (University of Hull) and Braddon companion author Anne-Marie Beller (Loughborough University). It offers analyses of works such as Aurora Floyd, The Fatal Three, Lady Audley's Secret, and Three Times Dead as well as an exploration of Braddon's gothics and an intriguing theory regarding Braddon providing a new take on Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Using mystery to teach professional skills.

In the journal Medical Teacher, Rachel Kavanaugh and colleagues discuss the activity "Who Killed Mr. Brown?", which is designed as a murder mystery to teach pharmacy, critical thinking, and other skills at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Spotlighting the work of female Irish mystery writers.

In the student newspaper Trinity [College] News, Elaine McHale spotlights the work of some female Irish mystery writers: Andrea Carter, Jane Casey, Patricia Gibney, Martina Murphy, Liz Nugent, Louise Phillips, and Jo Spain.

Monday, May 02, 2022

The pioneers: early female fictional detectives.

In conjunction with a new exhibition on Women in Policing at the Prison & Police Museum in Ripon, UK, Solvig Choi discusses early fictional female detectives: Mrs. Paschal in Revelations of a Lady Detective (attributed to William Stephens Hayward, 1864), Miss G in The Female Detective (by Andrew Forrester, revealed by Judith Flanders to be J. Redding Ware, 1864), and Mr. Bazalgette’s Agent by former actor Leonard Merrick, 1888).