Whodunit?: A Who's Who in Crime & Mystery Writing

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Who populates the pages of crime and mystery writing? Who are the characters we willingly follow into the mystery genre's uneasy imaginative territory? And who created those characters in the first place? What life experience and expertise informs their work? What are the sources of their themes, regional accents, and even the axes that some grind? Why do some wish to give us a good laugh, while others seem hell-bent on making us shudder?

Whodunit? answers these questions and more. Here mystery expert Rosemary Herbert brings together enlightening and entertaining information on hundreds of classic and contemporary characters and authors. Some--such as P.D. James, Ian Rankin, Sherlock Holmes, and Kinsey Millhone--appear in individual entries. Still more keep company in articles about characters we admire, such as the Clerical Sleuth, and in pieces about those we love to hate, including the Femme Fatale and Con Artist. There is even an article on a figure that haunts so many great works of mystery--The Corpse.

Drawing on the Edgar Award-nominated volume The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, Herbert adds 101 new entries on the hottest new names in works ranging from puzzling whodunits to chilling crime novels.

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Rosemary Herbert is book review editor and mystery book review columnist for the Boston Herald. She edited The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories (with Tony Hillerman), Murder on Deck! Shipboard & Shoreline Mystery Stories, and Twelve American Crime Stories. She is also the author of The Fatal Art of Entertainment: Interviews with Mystery Writers. A former reference librarian at Harvard University, she created a course on detective fiction at Tufts University.

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The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, edited by Rosemary Herbert, appeared in 1999. Now Herbert has drawn on that earlier volume and also updated it by adding 101 new entries.

Whereas The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing had 666 entries covering not only writers and characters but also settings, themes, subgenres, and terminology, this whittled-down version has 380 entries for writers, characters, and character types, such as Coroner, Genteel woman sleuth, and Gentleman thief. It reprints most of the entries from the parent volume that can be considered even remotely to answer the question "who"--even Animals and Corpse. Many of the new entries are for American writers, among them Nevada Barr, Edna Buchanan, James Lee Burke, Patricia Cornwell, Loren Estleman, Elizabeth George, and Scott Turow. There is also a new entry for Culinary sleuths. Among the "who" entries that have not been carried over are several related to adventure and espionage (for example, Bond, James; Fleming, Ian; Gentleman adventurer). Also gone are the references attached to some of the entries in the older volume. With a few exceptions, such as a slight shortening of Dalgiesh, Adam and expansion of Morse, Chief Inspector Endeavor, existing entries have not been revised.

Perhaps a second edition of The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing will incorporate both volumes. In the meantime, libraries that already own the more comprehensive work will question whether this is a necessary purchase. Although numerous authors have been added, information on most of them is not hard to find in other reference sources. For other libraries, Whodunit? is worth considering as a way to update and refresh the mystery reference shelves. RBB
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