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Colin Dexter

(b. 1930) English writer of detective fiction

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Academic Milieu

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Writers who set their mysteries in schools, colleges, and universities may portray the academic milieu as an ordered environment, philosophically dedicated to lofty goals, which is...

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alcoholism

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n. the syndrome due to physical dependence on alcohol, such that sudden deprivation may cause withdrawal symptoms – tremor, anxiety, hallucinations, and delusions (see delirium...

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Armchair Detective

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Is a phrase that describes a type of fictional detective who solves crimes solely on the basis of secondhand information, rather than through personal observation of evidence. The first...

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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...

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Clerical Milieu

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This entry is divided into two parts, the first surveying the use of the clerical milieu by British writers, and the second pointing out the manner in which the choice ...

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Historical Mystery

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Despite whatever universal explanatory power they have, schemes for interpretation of reality bear traces of their origin in specific times and places. Sigmund Freud's theory of family...

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Holiday Mysteries

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Holidays, or occasions when religious or secular events are commemorated and celebrated, have often been used in crime and mystery writing to provide reasons for disparate characters to...

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Morse, Inspector

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Music-loving, beer-drinking Oxford policeman who is the central character in a series of detective novels by the British crime writer Colin Dexter (1930– ).

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Police Detective

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A private detective may reject cases. An amateur detective might also, but the police detective must take every case presented. That fact underlies the police procedural in its attempt to...

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Sidekicks and Sleuthing Teams

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There are advantages for both detective and author when a “sidekick” or closely associated, subordinate partner is added to the cast of characters in a mystery. In those books where ...

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Types of Reasoning

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Throughout its history detective fiction has celebrated the intellect. At some point most detective stories and novels present a detective reasoning. The process may be called...

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voyeurism

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An offence under s 67 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 committed where a person observes another doing a private act for the purpose of sexual gratification.

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