The History of and Articles About

Detective, Crime & Mystery Fiction

Below are links to various articles and research etc relating to specific genres and areas
It is just the start of what, we hope, will become a very interesting and informative resource.
We shall be continually adding new material and welcome any suggestions

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American Detective Story The beginnings and history of  US detective fiction
American Police Procedural The background and development of the US Police Procedural
British Police Procedural The background and development of the English Police Procedural
Collins Crime Club A history and overview of this hugely important publisher
Dust Jackets - How they Sell Books A 1937 article on how wrappers sell books
English Catalogue of Books A brief overview of this publication
English Detective Story The beginnings and history of  British detective fiction
The First Detectives in Mystery Fiction A list in order of the first fictional detectives
Golden Age of Detective Fiction Information and historical facts on the genre
Golfing Mysteries Murder mysteries with a strong golf theme
Gothic Mystery The history and development of the gothic mystery book
Great Detectives Biographies of the greatest fictional detectives
Hard Boiled Detective Fiction The roots and rise of the Hard Boiled School
Hard Boiled Slang Dictionary Translate phrases or words
Haycraft Queen Cornerstones The revised list of Howard Haycraft's cornerstones
History of Detective Fiction A brief overview of the genre and its origins
Howard Haycraft New ! Howard Haycraft's masterpiece Murder for Pleasure
HRF Keating top 100 HRF Keating's list of the most important criminous titles
One Hit Wonders Authors and books renowned specifically for one title
Pre History The very beginnings of crime and mystery fiction
Queen's Quorum Ellery Queen's recommended list
Series Characters Who created which famous character
Sherlock Holmes The world's greatest detective
Sporting Mysteries New ! Lists of books featuring specific sports
Suspense Novels The history and background development of the suspense novel
Julian Symons top 100 Julian Symons list of the greatest crime-mystery novels
Thrillers The history and background development of the thriller
University Mysteries Authors and recommended titles set to an academic background


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