Clues: A Journal of Detection, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall 2017)

McFarland
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For over two decades, Clues has included the best scholarship on mystery and detective fiction. With a combination of academic essays and nonfiction book reviews, it covers all aspects of mystery and detective fiction material in print, television and movies. As the only American scholarly journal on mystery fiction, Clues is essential reading for literature and film students and researchers; popular culture aficionados; librarians; and mystery authors, fans and critics around the globe.
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Executive editor Janice M. Allan is a senior lecturer in English studies in the School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History at the University of Salford in England. Series Editor Elizabeth Foxwell, an Agatha Award winner, is managing editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection. Margaret Kinsman, consulting editor of Clues and 2016 Raven Award recipient, is a visiting research fellow in popular culture at London South Bank University, United Kingdom. She has published numerous articles related to crime fiction and has presented papers and chaired panels at international conferences.
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McFarland
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Published on
Sep 22, 2017
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Pages
125
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ISBN
9781476630212
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / General
Literary Criticism / Mystery & Detective
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From the Hardcover edition.
"Clues is a must-have for readers and writers of crime fiction. Scholarly, thought-provoking, wide-ranging in its topics, Clues covers the crime and thriller map."--Sara Paretsky

 "A. Conan Doyle, notoriously resentful of Sherlock Holmes's success, liked to scorn 'police romances' as less significant and worthy of his talents than his other literary work. If he could have read Clues, the thinking mystery reader's journal, he would surely have felt differently...and learned much he never realized himself about even his own landmark contribution to the genre, from which so much else by others has flowed."--Jon Lellenberg, U.S. agent for the Arthur Conan Doyle estate

 "I love reading Clues. Every issue provides thought-provoking, well-researched articles. The variety and scope of the material found in Clues makes an unparalleled, ongoing contribution to our understanding of the role of crime fiction in our culture, and the genre's reflection of its time and society."--Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of The Messenger (2009)

 For over two decades, Clues has included the best scholarship on mystery and detective fiction. With a combination of academic essays and nonfiction book reviews, it covers all aspects of mystery and detective fiction material in print, television and movies. As the only American scholarly journal on mystery fiction, Clues is essential reading for literature and film students and researchers; popular culture aficionados; librarians; and mystery authors, fans and critics around the globe.

"Clues is a must-have for readers and writers of crime fiction. Scholarly, thought-provoking, wide-ranging in its topics, Clues covers the crime and thriller map."--Sara Paretsky

 "A. Conan Doyle, notoriously resentful of Sherlock Holmes's success, liked to scorn 'police romances' as less significant and worthy of his talents than his other literary work. If he could have read Clues, the thinking mystery reader's journal, he would surely have felt differently...and learned much he never realized himself about even his own landmark contribution to the genre, from which so much else by others has flowed."--Jon Lellenberg, U.S. agent for the Arthur Conan Doyle estate

 "I love reading Clues. Every issue provides thought-provoking, well-researched articles. The variety and scope of the material found in Clues makes an unparalleled, ongoing contribution to our understanding of the role of crime fiction in our culture, and the genre's reflection of its time and society."--Jan Burke, Edgar-winning author of The Messenger (2009)

 For over two decades, Clues has included the best scholarship on mystery and detective fiction. With a combination of academic essays and nonfiction book reviews, it covers all aspects of mystery and detective fiction material in print, television and movies. As the only American scholarly journal on mystery fiction, Clues is essential reading for literature and film students and researchers; popular culture aficionados; librarians; and mystery authors, fans and critics around the globe.

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