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Encyclopedia Mysteriosa: A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of: A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Detection in Print, Film, Radio, and Television [Hardcover]

DEANDREA


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9 Aug 1994 0671850253 978-0671850258
Containing more than 1,500 entries, this is a compendium to the many elements of the mystery story, from its history, themes, and subgenres to its authors and characters. Organized in an A-to-Z format with exaustive cross-referencing, this is the ultimate companion for fans of mystery. Appendix. Glossary. Illustrations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable compact and thorough 1 volume reference book. 20 Jun 2000
By Enrique F. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book, a spiritual successor to the Penzler/Steinbrenner "Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection" volume, is an admirable and successful effort to provide a one volume, non-bulky reference to the mystery field in all its facets. I found especially valuable the entries for the TV shows, and as a result ordered the Columbia House VHS editions of shows like Hawaii Five-O and Murder, She Wrote with satisfaction. Although such a slim volume can hardly be fully encyclopedic, "Encyclopedia Mysteriosa" does very well, providing tons of biographical and bibliographical information up to the early 1990s. The current encyclopedia by Murphy, which I recently ordered, will have a tough act to follow. No mystery aficionado should be without the DeAndrea book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite All You've Ever Wanted to Know about Mysteries 14 Aug 2001
By George R Dekle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book includes comprehensive entries on authors, books, shows, and characters. Inevitably, it omits some characters and authors, but it gives an workmanlike account of the chosen subjects. I particularly liked the entries on the pioneers of the mystery format.
As somewhat of a newcomer to mystery fiction, I'd like to have seen entries on the various plot devices and motifs of mystery fiction. I looked in vain for entries on such subjects as "drawing room mystery," "locked room mystery," "fair-play mystery," and numerous others. The work discusses all these subjects in the context of entries on authors, books, and shows, but you have to search to learn about them.
The encyclopedia does have several sidebars (set off in borders) on such subjects as "hard boiled detectives," "dime novels," "Sherlockiana," and the like. The sidebars are well done, but I'd like to have seen more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 21 Oct 2013
By Michael McCrann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is really a nice book with many thumb nail descriptions of authors, films etc. Even if you think you know about most of the entries you will be surprised. Great dealer and a great price.
4.0 out of 5 stars A must 13 May 2000
By Albert Tam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This awarding winning reference is a must for casual readers and collectors. The content is rich and the extended essays are useful.
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