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The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery
Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 9th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published December 1999)
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Jul 08, 2018 Jack Heath rated it it was amazing
5 Stars. It appears to be, but it's not really a continuation of Chris Steinbrunner and Otto Penzler's "Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection" previously reviewed. Murphy's work has a different accent. Some obscure authors have been shunted aside to make room for reviews of hundreds of leading titles since the 18th century. Plus developments between 1976 and this 2001 second edition. Murphy (2nd) is 100 pages longer than Steinbrunner and space restrictions have lead the author to drop pictures a ...more
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