This page reflects my personal and academic interests in detective fiction rather than in crime fiction… as such it’s more concerned with stuff published in the first half of the twentieth century, when the detective story proper was in its element.
- Crime Culture … a great website run by Lee Horsley and Kate Horsley where young academics share essays and resources relating to detective fiction. I’ve wanted to submit some of my undergraduate stuff for years but am too scared!
- Hercule Poirot Central … extensive and alarmingly well-researched ‘fan’site dedicated to Agatha Christie run by an internet friend from America, with whom I’m now sadly out of touch.
- Do You Write Under Your own Name? Blog from crime writer and crime fiction researcher Martin Edwards. Fantastic resource with (I think) a golden age slant.
- Crime Studies Network … brilliant mailing list to join if you’re an academic looking at crime or detective fiction
Resources By Me
- Feature on Agatha Christie and humour requested by Acorn Media for AgathaChristie.Com (2013)
- Short piece on Agatha Christie and Devon written for the University of Exeter’s Centre for South West Writing website in 2011/2012. I was told it would appear on the website but it never did, so I thought I’d post it here instead!
- Slides from my lecture on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to undergraduates studying ‘Crime Fiction’ at Exeter (2012)
- ‘An Overview of Golden Age Detective Fiction by Women’ (2011). A short talk delivered to MA students looking at modernism and interwar women writers at the University of Exeter.
- ‘A Cover Story: Tom Adams and Agatha Christie’ (2012). An old blog post I wrote for the Marginalised Mainstream blog.
- Brief discussion of Christie’s Appointment with Death which I wrote for ‘The Christie Club’, an online community that never took off. Gutted, because I got really excited about it!
You can find some very informal reviews of detective fiction (and hopefully some time criticism) on Goodreads. So far, I’ve reviewed:
Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk (2012)
Janice Law’s Fires of London (2012)
P.D. James’s The Private Patient (2009)
Quintin Jardine’s For the Death of Me (2005)