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The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery

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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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Jack Heath
5 Stars. Not really a continuation of Chris Steinbrunner and Otto Penzler's "Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection" previously reviewed, but close. Murphy's work is an examination of the same subject but with a different accent. Some of the more obscure authors of the mystery genre have been shunted aside to make room for interesting reviews of hundreds of leading titles since the 18th century. Plus developments between 1976 and 2001's 2nd edition. Murphy (2nd) is 100 pages longer than Steinbrun ...more
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