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University Murder Mysteries

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Below is a list of recommended authors and titles which are set in or involve the universities
There are of course many others and we welcome recommendations for additions

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OXFORD CAMBRIDGE HARVARD
TJ BINYON
Greek Gifts (1988)
ADAM BROOME
The Oxford Murders (1929)
ANNA CLARKE
The Deathless and the Dead (1976; called This Downhill Path in USA)
GWENDOLINE BUTLER
Coffin in Oxford (1962) and Coffin for Pandora (1988; called Olivia in USA)
CAROL HIGGINS CLARK
Decked (1992)
EDMUND CRISPIN
The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944) and The Moving Toyshop (1946)
AMANDA CROSS
No Word from Winifred (1986). See also Harvard JOCELYN DAVEY
All books feature Ambrose Usher, an Oxford don
COLIN DEXTER
Last Bus to Woodstock (1975) and the rest of the series featuring Inspector Morse
PC DOHERTY
An Ancient Evil (1994). A medieval mystery
KATHARINE FARRER
The Missing Link (1952) and Gownsman's Gallows (1957)
ANTONIA FRASER
Oxford Blood (1985)
DAVID FROME
Mr Pinkerton Finds a Body (1934; called The Body in the Turl in UK). David Frome was the pseudonym of Mrs Zenith Brown, an American who also wrote as Leslie Ford
TIM HEALD
Masterstroke (1982; called A Small Masterpiece in USA)
HAZEL HOLT
The Cruellest Month (1991)
MICHAEL INNES
Death at the President's Lodging (1936), Stop Press (1939) and Operation Pax (1951)
RONALD KNOX
The Footsteps at the Lock (1928)
J.C. MASTERMAN
An Oxford Tragedy (1933).
IAN MORSON
Falconer's Crusade (1994) and Falconer's Judgement (1995). Medieval mysteries
ANTHONY PRICE
Colonel Butler's Wolf (1973)
ROBERT ROBINSON
Landscape with Dead Dons (1956). The last of the Oxford 'don's delights'
DOROTHY L SAYERS
Gaudy Night (1935)
JOAN SMITH
Masculine Ending (1987) and What Men Say (1993)
VERONICA STALLWOOD
Deathspell(1992), Death and the Oxford Box (1994), Oxford Exit (1994), Oxford Mourning (1995) and Oxford Fall (1996).
PENNY SUMNER
The End of April (1993)
 
MARGERY ALLINGHAM
Police at the Funeral (1931)
ADAM BROOME
The Cambridge Murders (1936)
HOSANNA BROWN
I Spy, You Die (1984)
DOUGLAS G BROWNE
The May-Week Murders (1937)
VC CLINTON BADDELEY
Death's Bright Dart (1967)
GLYN DANIEL as Dilwyn Rees
The Cambridge Murders (1945)
RUTH DUDLEY EDWARDS
Matricide at St Martha's (1994)
DORSEY FISKE
Academic Murder (1980)
ELIZABETH GEORGE
For the Sake of Elena
(1992)
SUSANNA GREGORY
A Plague on Both Your Houses(1996)and An
Unholy Alliance (1996). Medieval mysteries
RICHARD HUNT
Murder in Ruins (1991), Death Sounds Grand (1991), Death of a Merry Widow (1992), Deadlocked (1994), A Cure for Killers (1995) and Murder Benign (1995)
PD JAMES
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972)
MARSHALL JEVONS
A Deadly Indifference (1995)
NORA KELLY
In the Shadow of King's (1984) and Bad Chemistry (1993)
JOY MAGEZIS
Vanishing Act (1988)
MARGARET MOORE
Forests of the Night (1987), Dangerous Conceits (1988), Murder in Good Measure
(1990) and Fringe Ending
(1991)
JILL PATON WALSH
The Wyndham Case (1993) and A Piece of Justice
(1995)
Q. PATRICK
Murder at the 'Varsity (1933; called Murder at Cambridge in USA).
MICHELLE SPRING
Every Breath You Take (1994) and Running for Shelter (1995).
RE SWARTWOUT
The Boat Race Murder (1933)
TH WHITE
Darkness at Pemberley (1932),
DEREK WILSON
The Hell fire Papers (1995)
 
NICHOLAS BLAKE
The Morning After Death (1966)
AMANDA CROSS
Death in a Tenured Position (1981; called A Death in the Faculty in UK)
JEROME DOOLITTLE
Body Scissors (1990)
TIMOTHY FULLER
Harvard Has a Homicide (1936; called J for Jupiter in UK) and Reunion with Murder (1947)
JANE LANGTON
The Memorial Hall Murder (1978)
VICTORIA SILVER
Death of a Harvard Freshman (1984) and Death of a Radcliffe Roommate (1986)
 

General University Mysteries
Victor L Whitechurch - 1933 - Murder at the College

Stamford University
GDH & Cole - Knife in the Dark

Classic Crime Fiction

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