Detective Fiction

Detective Fiction

From Victorian Sleuths to the Present

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Professor M. Lee Alexander provides listeners with a lively discussion of groundbreaking authors from Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle, to Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, and modern writes such as Nevada Barr and Jonathan Kellerman.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2010.
ISBN: 9781440725463
Branch Call Number: 809.3
Characteristics: 7 sound discs ( 8 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guide (112 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.)


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Sep 18, 2012

Worst Modern Scholar Series entry yet. Managed to make an interesting subject dry like last week's post roast. I couldn't make it past disk one for fear I'd doze off while commuting. Bleh! Better drink lots of coffee or really enjoy the stereotypical droning professor. Might be an excellent sleep aid.

Jun 15, 2011

I think one of the better of the Modern Scholar Series that I've listen to so far. Nice overview of the history of detective fiction starting with Edgar Allen Poe, but also acknowledging a form of detective fiction written in the Chinese Song dynasty (Judge Bao). Discusses the rules of detective fiction and the controversy surrounding "The Murder of Roger Akroyd" by Agatha Christie...some thought that it did not follow the rules. Heavy focus on Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Agatha Christie, but very, Sherlock Holmes was almost named Sherringford Holmes; and Agatha Christie may have tried to actually frame her husband for murder.


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