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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie  

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(1890–1976),novelist: b. and brought up in Torquay; disappears to Harrogate; d. Wallingford; buried in Cholsey. The Mousetrap 1952, The 4.50 from Paddington 1957, At Bertram's Hotel 1965.
alibi

alibi  

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N. [from Latin: elsewhere]A defence to a criminal charge alleging that the defendant was not at the place at which the offence was committed at the time of its alleged commission and so could not ...
Anthony Berkeley

Anthony Berkeley  

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(1893–1971),British crime writer, born in Watford, educated at University College, London. He contributed to Punch, and under his own name published several comic novels (e.g. Brenda Entertains, ...
audience participation

audience participation  

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1. Any active involvement of audience members in a live public performance, whether or not planned as part of the performance.2. The involvement of audience members in a broadcast programme—primarily ...
Celebrity Crime and Mystery Writers

Celebrity Crime and Mystery Writers  

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The 1980s and 1990s saw a flood of mystery novels bearing the bylines of celebrities from other fields, including entertainers, athletes, politicians (or their relatives), and journalists. The ...
China, Crime and Mystery Writing In Greater

China, Crime and Mystery Writing In Greater  

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China is an ancient and prolific source of crime and detective stories. Intriguing crimes, detection, and Socratic investigation figured in Chinese scriptural classics and histories from before the ...
Christianna Brand

Christianna Brand  

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(1909–1988), British author of crime novels, also known for her series of children's stories about a magical nanny, beginning with Nurse Matilda (1964), illustrated by her cousin Edward Ardizzone. ...
Coincidence

Coincidence  

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In every plot, individuals and events must fit together—that is, coincide. The term “coincidence,” taken as an artificial or noncausal conjunction of characters or events, appears in varying degree ...
Colin Dexter

Colin Dexter  

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(1930– ),novelist: b. Stamford; educ. Cambridge (Christ's); teaches in Leicester; lives in Oxford. Last Bus to Woodstock 1975, The Secret of Annexe 3 1986, The Jewel That Was Ours 1991, The Daughters ...
Crime and Mystery Writing In Japan

Crime and Mystery Writing In Japan  

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Although isolated examples of crimes and outlaws occur in early and medical Japanese literature, it was with seventeenth-century trial narratives such as Ihara Saikaku's Honchō ōin hiji (1689; Tales ...
crime fiction

crime fiction  

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A single problem defines crime fiction during the Edwardian period: the problem of of Sherlock Holmes. From the first appearance of Arthur Conan Doyle's amateur detective in A Study in ...
Drood, Edwin

Drood, Edwin  

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A character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens's last, uncompleted novel, serialized in 1870. Drood was by no means central to the story—as Dickens noted, “I call my ...
Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot  

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A fictional Belgian private detective, living in England, in the crime stories of Agatha Christie; Poirot is notable for his dapper appearance, his waxed moustaches, and his powers of deduction using ...
Home Office

Home Office  

Until 1782 the two secretaries of state divided their responsibilities into southern and northern Europe, dealing with the catholic and protestant powers. Domestic duties needed little attention: the ...
Howdunit

Howdunit  

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A type of story in which a rational explanation is found for a seemingly impossible event, most commonly a murder committed in a locked or sealed room. Often only one ...
Incidental Crime Writers

Incidental Crime Writers  

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Throughout the history of the mystery genre, writers best known for work in other areas have occasionally added mystery fiction to their list of works.In its earliest years, crime ...
Innocence

Innocence  

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Every story in the crime and mystery genre raises the question of innocence: What is it? And how is it to be recognized or determined? Writers work with a variety ...
John Dickson Carr

John Dickson Carr  

(1906–77),American detective novelist who lived from 1932 to 1948 in England, where the majority of his books are set. His novels, which appeared under his own name and under ...
Julian Symons

Julian Symons  

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(1921–94),crime writer, biographer, and scholar of crime fiction, born in London, brother of A. J. A. Symons. His many novels, which include Bland Beginning (1949) and The Belting Inheritance (1965), ...
justice

justice  

In bioethics, justice is one of the basic principles, meaning fairness, impartiality, equity. It includes the concept of distributive justice, and application of affirmative action when this is ...

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