Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction

Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction
Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2021-01-24
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9783030657604

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Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction offers an overview of the ways in which the past is brought back to the surface and influences the present in British detective fiction written between 1920 and 2020. Exploring a range of authors including Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Val McDermid, Sarah Caudwell, Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett, Jonathan Stroud and Ben Aaronovitch, Lisa Hopkins argues that both the literal and literary disinterment of the past use elements of the national past to interrogate the present. As such, in the texts discussed, uncovering the truth about an individual crime is also typically an uncovering of a more general connection between the present and the past. Whether detective novels explore murders on archaeological digs, hauntings, cold crimes or killings at Christmas, Hopkins explores the underlying message that you cannot understand the present unless you understand the past.

Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction

Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction
Author: Lisa Hopkins
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2021-01-25
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3030657590

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Burial Plots in British Detective Fiction offers an overview of the ways in which the past is brought back to the surface and influences the present in British detective fiction written between 1920 and 2020. Exploring a range of authors including Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth, Val McDermid, Sarah Caudwell, Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett, Jonathan Stroud and Ben Aaronovitch, Lisa Hopkins argues that both the literal and literary disinterment of the past use elements of the national past to interrogate the present. As such, in the texts discussed, uncovering the truth about an individual crime is also typically an uncovering of a more general connection between the present and the past. Whether detective novels explore murders on archaeological digs, hauntings, cold crimes or killings at Christmas, Hopkins explores the underlying message that you cannot understand the present unless you understand the past.

Sleuthing Miss Marple

Sleuthing Miss Marple
Author: Desirée Prideaux
Publsiher: Liverpool University Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2022-06-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781800854451

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Sleuthing Miss Marple mirrors the structure and playful analytic style of a detective novel. Beginning at the ‘scene of the crime’, this investigation places Agatha Christie and the clue-puzzle in historical context, casting light on the methods, the motives, and, in a sense, the alibis that underpin Christie’s crime fiction. In keeping with the clue-puzzle analytical method devised for this book, each chapter builds towards a conclusion that delivers a surprising intellectual payoff. This enquiry is unapologetically textual in approach. It constructs a rigorous evidence base drawn from the Marple short stories and novels, and presents a useful interpretation of crime fiction scholarship. This provides a foundation for original literary analyses that reveal Christie’s engagements with gender roles and genre rules, and the sleights of hand that they conceal. Christie’s modus operandi is uncovered, as are the narrative strategies and literary devices that she deployed to ambush unwary readers. Crucially, this investigation shows how Christie’s ingenious methods made it possible for an elderly spinster to get away with solving murder. Sleuthing Miss Marple will be invaluable for students and researchers of crime fiction, twentieth-century literature, and creative writing.

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2009-10-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780061972652

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Neil Gaiman's perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book, has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association’s “Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book,” a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year. Don't miss this modern classic—whether shared as a read-aloud or read independently, it's sure to appeal to readers ages 8 and up.

Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-12-26
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781407020952

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Building work in an expanding Reykjavík uncovers a shallow grave. Years before, this part of the city was all open hills, and Erlendur and his team hope this is a typical Icelandic missing person scenario; perhaps someone once lost in the snow, who has lain peacefully buried for decades. Things are never that simple. Whilst Erlendur struggles to hold together the crumbling fragments of his own family, his case unearths many other tales of family pain. The hills have more than one tragic story to tell: tales of failed relationships and heartbreak; of anger, domestic violence and fear; of family loyalty and family shame. Few people are still alive who can tell the story, but even secrets taken to the grave cannot remain hidden forever... Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger.

After the Funeral

After the Funeral
Author: Agatha Christie
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2005-01-25
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780061739910

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Hercule Poirot is called on to investigate the murder of a brother and sister, in this classic Agatha Christie mystery now available in an updated edition with a foreword Sophie Hannah. “He was murdered, wasn’t he?” When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered, the extraordinary remark she had made the previous day at her brother Richard’s funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard’s will, Cora was clearly heard to say, “It’s been hushed up very nicely, hasn’t it. But he was murdered, wasn’t he?” Did Cora’s accusation a dark truth that sealed her own fate? Or are the siblings’ deaths just tragic coincidences? Desperate to know the truth, the Lansquenet’s solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery. For even after the funeral, death isn’t finished yet . . .

Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction

Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction
Author: M. Schaub
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2013-02-21
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781137276964

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This is a feminist study of a recurring character type in classic British detective fiction by women - a woman who behaves like a Victorian gentleman. Exploring this character type leads to a new evaluation of the politics of classic detective fiction and the middlebrow novel as a whole.

Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story

Race and Religion in the Postcolonial British Detective Story
Author: Julie H. Kim
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2005-07-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780786421756

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"The ten essays in this work examine the changing nature of British detective fiction. British detective writers are overwhelmingly white, and the essays here explore how these authors delve into ethnic diversity without the benefit of first-hand experien