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Best Critical / Biographical Work
Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection by Marvin Lachman, et. al.
Rex Stout by John McAleer
The Mystery of Agatha Christie by Gwen Robins
Dorothy L. Sayers, a Literary Biography by Ralph E. Hone
Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers by John Reilly
What About Murder? by Jon L. Breen
Cain by Roy Hoppes
The Dark Side of Genius : the Life of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto
The Dark Side of Genius : the life of Alfred Hitchcock by
Call Number: 791.43 H674s (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 1983-03-01
Chronicles the film producing career and personal life of Alfred Hitchcock.
Novel Verdicts : a Guide to Courtroom Fiction by Jon L. Breen
John le Carre by Peter Lewis
Here Lies : an Autobiography by Eric Ambler
Introduction to the Detective Story by Leroy Lad Panek
Cornell Woolrich : First You Dream, The You Die by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry
Trouble is Their Business : Private Eyes in Fiction, Film, and Television, 1927-1988 by John Conquest
Edgar A. Poe : Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
Alias S. S. Van Dineby John Loughery
The Saint : a Complete Mystery by Burl Barer
Encyclopedia Mysteriosa by William L. DeAndrea
Savage Art : a Biography of Jim Thompson by Robert Polito
The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes by Michael Atkinson
G is for Grafton : the World of Kinsey Millhone by Natalie Hevener Kaufman and Carol McGinnis Kay
Teller of Tales : the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower
Conundrums for the Long Week-End by Ethan Lewis, and Robert Kuhn McGregor
Edgar Allan Poe : A to Z by Dawn B. Sova
Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley
Beautiful Shadow : a Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes : the Complete Short Stories by Leslie S. Klinger
Girl Sleuth : Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
Girl Sleuth : Nancy Drew and the women who created her by
Call Number: 813.52 R345g (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2005-09-12
In 1930 a plucky girl detective stepped out of her shiny blue roadster, dressed in a smart tweed suit. Eighty million books later, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, World War II, and the sixties, and emerged as beloved by girls today as by their grandmothers. Rehak tells the behind-the-scenes history of Nancy and her groundbreaking creators. Both Nancy and her "author," Carolyn Keene, were invented by Edward Stratemeyer, who also created the Bobbsey Twins and the Hardy Boys. But Nancy Drew was brought to life by two remarkable women: original author Mildred Wirt Benson, a convention-flouting Midwestern journalist, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a wife and mother who ran her father's company after he died. Together, Benson and Adams created a character that has inspired generations of girls to be as strong-willed and as bold as they were.
The Science of Sherlock Holmes : from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases by E. J. Wagner
The Science of Sherlock Holmes : from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the real forensics behind the great detective's greatest cases by
Call Number: 363.25 W132s (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
CONTENTS: Dialogue with the dead -- Beastly tales and black dogs -- A fly in the ointment -- Proving poison -- Disguise and the detective -- The crime scene by gaslight -- A picture of guilt -- Shots in the dark -- Bad impressions -- The real dirt -- Notes from the devil -- A voice in the blood -- Myth, medicine, and murder.
Arthur Conan Doyle : a Life in Letters by Charles Foley, John Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower
Edgar Allan Poe : an Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Harry Lee Poe
The Lineup : the World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives edited by Otto Penzler
The Lineup : the world's greatest crime writes tell the inside story of their greatest detectives by
Call Number: 813 L754 (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2009-11-10
A great recurring character in a series you love becomes an old friend. You learn about their strange quirks and their haunted pasts and root for them every time they face danger. But where do some of the most fascinating sleuths in the mystery and thriller world really come from? What was the real-life location that inspired Michael Connelly to make Harry Bosch a Vietnam vet tunnel rat? Why is Jack Reacher a drifter? How did a brief encounter in Botswana inspire Alexander McCall Smith to create Precious Ramotswe? In THE LINEUP, some of the top mystery writers in the world tell about the genesis of their most beloved characters--or, in some cases, let their creations do the talking.
Charlie Chan : the Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History by Yunte Huang
Charlie Chan : the untold story of the honorable detective and his rendezvous with American history by
Call Number: 363.25 C454h (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2010-08-30
This provocative first biography of Charlie Chan presents American history in a way that it has never been told before. Yunte Huang ingeniously traces Charlie Chan from his real beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood film icon. Huang finally resurrects the “honorable detective” from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him as the embodiment of America’s rich cultural diversity.
On Conan Doyle : Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda
The Scientific Sherlock Holmes : Cracking the Case with Science and Forensics by James O'Brien
America is Elsewhere : the Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture by Erik Dussere
Poe-Land : the Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe by J. W. Ocker
The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards
Shirley Jackson : a Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
Chester B. Himes : a Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson
Chester B. Himes : a biography by
Call Number: 813.54 H657j (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2017-07-25
The definitive biography of the groundbreaking African American author who had an extraordinary legacy on black writers globally.
Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s by Leslie S. Klinger
Classic American Crime Fiction of The 1920s by
Call Number: 813.9872 C6145k (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2018-10-02
A riveting collection of five of the most famous crime novels of the 1920s, presenting anew some of the most admired authors of the era... Each of the five novels included is presented in its original published form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations...
Hitchcock and the Censors by John Billheimer
Hitchcock and the Censors by
Call Number: 791.4302 H674b (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2019-06-14
Throughout his career, Alfred Hitchcock had to deal with a wide variety of censors attuned to the slightest suggestion of sexual innuendo, undue violence, toilet humor, religious disrespect, and all forms of indecency, real or imagined.
- Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps by Ursula Buchan
- The Hooded Gunman by John Curran
- Medieval Crime Fiction by Anne McKendry
- The Mutual Admiration Society by Mo Mouton
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps
Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps : a life of John Buchan by
Call Number: 823.912 B918b (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2019-04-18
John Buchan's name is known across the world for The Thirty-Nine Steps. In the past hundred years the classic thriller has never been out of print and has inspired numerous adaptations for film, television, radio and stage, beginning with the celebrated version by Alfred Hitchcock. Yet there was vastly more to 'JB'. He wrote more than a hundred books - fiction and non-fiction - and a thousand articles for newspapers and magazines. He was a scholar, antiquarian, barrister, colonial administrator, journal editor, literary critic, publisher, war correspondent, director of wartime propaganda, member of parliament and imperial proconsul - given a state funeral when he died, a deeply admired and loved Governor-General of Canada. His teenage years in Glasgow's Gorbals, where his father was the Free Church minister, contributed to his ease with shepherds and ambassadors, fur-trappers and prime ministers. His improbable marriage to a member of the aristocratic Grosvenor family means that this account of his life contains, at its heart, an enduring love story.
The Hooded Gunman
The Hooded Gunman : an illustrated history of Collins Crime Club by
Call Number: 823.0872 C796h (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2019-09-26
Medieval Crime Fiction
Medieval Crime Fiction : a critical overview by
Call Number: 809.3872 M155m (Adult Nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2019-04-30
Combining elements of medievalism, the historical novel and the detective narrative, medieval crime fiction capitalizes upon the appeal of all three. This book investigates the enduring popularity of the largely unexamined genre and explores its social, cultural and political contexts.
The Mutual Admiration Society
The Mutual Admiration Society : how Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford cicle remade the world for women by
Call Number: 823.912 S274m (Adult Fiction)
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a renowned crime novelist who achieved fame and fortune during a period that historian Mo Moulton calls 'the day after the revolution.' In a time when just as many doors were closed to women as open, Sayers found professional success with her Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Yet she never could have done it without the cohort of remarkable women she met at university -- all of whom would go on to challenge societal norms and fight for equality of opportunity in their own way. In 1912, Dorothy L. Sayers and five friends founded a writing group at Somerville College, Oxford; they called themselves the 'Mutual Admiration Society.' Smart, bold, serious, and funny, these women were also sheltered and chaperoned, barred from receiving degrees despite taking classes and passing exams. Mutual Admiration Society follows these six women as they navigate the complexities of adulthood, work, intimacy, and sex in Interwar England. Bringing these women to vivid life, Moulton reveals how Dorothy L. Sayers was intimately intertwined with the members of the MAS -- and how, together, they fought their way into modernity
Phantom Lady : Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by Christina Lane
Phantom Lady : Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, the Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock by
Call Number: BIO HARRI JOA L (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 2020-02-04
The untold story of Hollywood's most powerful female writer-producer of the 1940s, Joan Harrison, who grew from being the worst secretary Alfred Hitchcock ever had to one of his closest collaborators, critically shaping his brand as the "Master of Suspense."
Howdunit : a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club by Martin Edwards
Ian Rankin : a Companion to the Mystery Fiction by Erin E. MacDonald
Guilt Rules All : Irish Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction by Elizabeth Mannion & Brian Cliff
This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear
Howdunit : a Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club by
Call Number: 808.3872 E26h (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2020-09-17
Guilt Rules All : Irish mystery, detective, and crime fiction by
Call Number: 823.08 M284g (Adult nonfiction)
Publication Date: 2020-09-17
This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing
This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by
Call Number: BIO WINSP JAC T (Adult biography)
Publication Date: 2020-11-10
After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her memoir tackles such difficult, poignant, and fascinating family memories as her paternal grandfather's shellshock, her mother's evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father's torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents' years living with Romani Gypsies; and Jacqueline's own childhood working on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception. An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing is the story of a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.