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ISBN:
0312215541
Author:
Bruce Murphy
Category:
History & Criticism
Language:
English
Publisher:
St. Martin's Minotaur; 1st edition (1999)
Pages:
543 pages
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1700 kb
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1154 kb
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1101 kb
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Rating:
4.5
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561


But Bruce Murphy's The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is much more a reader's book.

But Bruce Murphy's The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is much more a reader's book. What he brings to his reference work, however, is not just the requisite expertise but also a sense of his audience, an attention to prose style, and a passion for mystery as a genre. He writes in his introduction: "The crime story is about consequences.

A one-man tour of the genre's past and present by a knowledgeable and opinionated critic. This 543-page compilation, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by Bruce Murphy, will likely appeal to mystery buffs, especially those interested in authors from past years. Some entries are quite short, while others like Ellery Queen spanned two pages.

Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance. Show all. About the authors.

Includes bibliographical references. The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery moves beyond the names and characters every mystery fan knows by heart and expands our understanding of this most popular form of popular fiction. Murphy discusses not. Murphy discusses not only classic practitioners such as Raymond Chandler, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Dashiell Hammett, but also newer talents such as Patricia Cornwell, James Ellroy, and Jonathan Valin and authors ordinarily considered outside the mystery genre.

Murphy's work has a different accent.

Jul 08, 2018 Jack Heath rated it it was amazing. Murphy's work has a different accent. Murphy (2nd) is 100 pages longer than Steinbrunner and space restrictions have lead the author to drop pictures and illustrations too. Both follow the same format and are equally readable.

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Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery. ISBN10 : 9780230107359, ISBN13 : 0230107354.

An indispensable reference for lovers of the mystery genre looks at mystery writers, famous and lesser known, in an A-to-Z format, and offers a cross-referenced catalog of titles, characters, movie adaptations, and much more.
  • MegaStar
Most of us might anticipate an effort at objectivity in an encyclopedia. If those are your expectations, they would not be met by this work. In fact, the author appears to go out of his way to provide opinions where they might not normally be expected. For example, in the entry for Patricia Moyes, he comments, as if it is fact, that her main character Henry Tibbet "... falls into the tradition of Roderick Alleyn and Alan Grant, though he is less interesting... ". Whether Tibbett is more interesting or not clearly depends on each reader's outlook and, here, Mr. Murphy lets us know his.

The author's opinions here are quite interesting, although I would anticipate that most serious mystery readers will disagree with quite a few of them. Unfortunately, his bias seems to extend to excluding a number of popular and award winning authors, e.g., Steve Martini, Kate Wilhelm, whose work is even published by the same publisher, Earlene Fowler, etc.

In conclusion, this is a thick and extensive, albeit biased and exclusionary, work. Particularly, if supplemented by more inclusive mystery references this could make a useful addition to your library.
  • Niwield
I just my copy. It is an ok reference book. It has no photos or illustrations, (which would help). It overlooks some authors and includes others, (for some reason). Also, it has definition for q.t. and ,45, (why)? I wish it was better. Good addition anyway.
  • Zbr
Yes, this book is biased, and in many cases my opinion differs from that of the author. (I love cozies and cat mysteries, for example.) Still, Mr. Murphy's writing style is most engaging, and I find that it's fun to mentally argue with him as I read. "The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing" is more comprehensive and objective than "The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery," but there is much to learn and enjoy here that is not in the Oxford book. I see the two books as complementary rather than as competing. If you are a mystery fan, and if you can possibly afford it, get both.
  • Saintrius
The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a great addition to any mystery readers collection. The book covers a wide variety of writers, stories, detectives, movies, and events regarding crime novels. It contains information about early novels and authors almost forgotten. Of course, no book of this type can cover all the bases, but the omissions are few. It is well written, but somewhat opinionated. The entries are fun to read; open to any page and browse to your hearts content. This book really is worth five stars.
  • Light out of Fildon
I'm a mystery fan and love to learn about the author of my favorite novels. I also enjoy discovering books and authors I'd never heard of. This encyclopedia great for both those purposes. The encyclopedist is not shy about expressing his opinions and preferences. That helps to make this a surprisingly readable reference book that can be read for simple pleasure. Repeatedly, I have looked something up and wound up reading a half dozen or more entries.
  • Zymbl
This 543-page compilation, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by Bruce Murphy, will likely appeal to mystery buffs, especially those interested in authors from past years.

Some entries are quite short, while others like Ellery Queen spanned two pages. Most entries are authors, but we also find classic titles like The Postman Always Rings Twice, Coffin for Dimitrios, Fer-De-Lance, The Big Clock, Murder on the Orient Express, and The Roman Hat Mystery.

My favorites were always present: Colin Dexter, P. D. James, G. K. Chesterton, Robert Van Gulik, Ellery Queen, John MacDonald, Ross MacDonald, Nicholas Blake, Cornell Woolrich, Dorothy Sayers, Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Arturo Perez-Reverte, and Dashiell Hammett.

Lesser known authors include Fergus Hume (The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, 1886), Maurice Leblanc (Arsene Lupin stories, early 1900s), R. Austin Freeman (Dr. Thorndyke stories, 1907- 1930s), Cyril Hare (Suicide Excepted, 1939), and Elliot Paul (The Mysterious Mickey Finn, 1939). I recall only two searches in which I was unsuccessful: R. T. Campbell (Bodies in a Bookshop, 1946) and H. F. Wood (The Passenger from Scotland Yard, 1888).

Many writers known in other literary genre at one time or another penned mystery stories. Examples include Mario Vargas Llosa, Charles Dickens, Honore De Balzac, Isaac Asimov, Henry James, Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Alexandre Dumas, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Jorge Luis Borges, Mark Twain, and J. Sheridan Le Fanu.

For those readers that not only enjoy reading books, but also reading about books and authors, The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by Bruce Murphy would make a good gift.

Caution: The list price for The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery by Bruce Murphy is rather high, and the prudent buyer should look for substantial discounts. I paid a small fraction of the list price for a new hardbound copy (ISBN 0312215441). It is also available in soft cover (ISBN 031229414X).
  • ᵀᴴᴱ ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ
I read and watch mysteries and series of mysteries. You would think they would run out of characters and ideas. Yet they keep turning up. Even from before I was born but just now found out about them.

This book may serve many purposes as sitting up taller at the table. But my two favorite are finding out what is out there in the either before discovering it on Turner Classics. More significant is that this book fills in the back ground for stories characters and puts them in perspective by cross-referencing to other mysteries and characters.

I just recently discovered "Seven Keys to Baldpate" to find it was written by Earl Derr Biggers of Charlie Chan fame. While discussing Charlie we are introduced to favorite writer Sax Rohmer of Fu Manchu fame. And so it goes until coming around full circle.

Look for hours of fun as you will not be able put it down