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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing Hardcover – 2 Mar 2000

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  • Hardcover: 559 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; First Edition edition (2 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195072391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195072396
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 5.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosemary Herbert is the mystery book review columnist for The Boston Herald. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Publishers Weekly, and other publications. She created a course on detective fiction at Tufts University and hosts a cable television program in Cape Cod. She lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very comprehensive reference work on all types of fiction within the crime and detective story genre to the end of the 20th century.

All individual detailed subject and topic entries are arranged alphabetically and include entries for individual authors. There are very detailed cross-references to other connected topics for each entry.

My only criticism is that reference to many individual detective and crime stories are not indexed in the back-of-book index so one can only stumble upon such references by accident.

Otherwise, this is a very useful and enjoyable reference book which I refer to often.

Well worth buying for any regular crime fiction reader.
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Very useful reference book on crime fiction. Describes various genres of crime and crime writers. I find myself consulting it a lot.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Lots of fun, but what happened to the proofreaders? 20 Jan 2000
By Sheila L. Beaumont - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Informative, fascinating, great fun. This book includes an enormous variety of topics, expected and not, such as occult mysteries, feminism, religion, politics, conservative and radical world-views, gays and lesbians, country house mysteries, fairy tales. It is more comprehensive, and has a more objective tone, than Bruce Murphy's "Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery." There are extensive cross-references. Too bad the editors didn't hire some proofreaders and fact checkers. The book is riddled with typographical errors, misspellings and factual mistakes. Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone is consistently misspelled "Milhone." In one instance, Margery Allingham's "The Crime at Black Dudley" is attributed to Ngaio Marsh. In another, Dorothy Gilman's 1975 book "A Nun in the Closet" is credited to Sister Carol Anne O'Marie. I hope these errors will be corrected in a later edition.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Very Useful 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has been helpful in learning about crime and mystery fiction. It is great for current terms, history, and even authors. Everyone from novices to experts who love or are just learning to love the genre could use this book.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Top notch reference 31 Jan 2001
By Carl Brookins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As is true of any encyclopedic work, there will be quarrels with what is included and what is not. Nevertheless, this is a highly readable, well organized book. It is accessible to scholars and more casual fans as well. Every college library should have this book. Stylistically and typographically it could be improved, but that would have sent costs even higher. The essays are well-done and the authors of the essays are respected, knowledgeable people. This is just a fine piece of work.
Wonderfully informative 28 May 2014
By MW - Published on
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This book is full of everything related to mystery novels. I love it. I recommend it highly to anyone who reads or writes mysteries.
Four Stars 24 Nov 2014
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Interesting to read about some favorite characters, books and authors.
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