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Ngaio Marsh

(1899—1982) detective novelist and theatre director

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Alleyn, Roderick

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Inspector (later Superintendent) Roderick Alleyn is almost the victim of his own elegance, entering Ngaio Marsh's first detective novel in 1934 as tall, handsome, well dressed, and well...

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Aristocratic Characters

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In crime and mystery fiction, aristocratic characters are most likely to be found in detective novels and stories that follow the Golden Age traditions, as well as in the adven...

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Art and Antiques Milieu

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Many authors have found the art and antiques milieu appealing because of the opportunity it can offer for the use of a historically rich setting; thus, Timothy Holme draws upon ...

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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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butler Did It, The.

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The phrase “the butler did it” is a cliché widely used in jest by people who are not fans of detective fiction. In fact, there are surprisingly few detective novels ...

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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...

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Christmas Crime

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The mystery story's association with Christmas dates back to the annual Christmas story tradition initiated by Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol, 1843) and carried on by the British...

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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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Collins Crime Club

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Despite its name, Collins Crime Club is not and never has been a book club: It is the imprint, founded in 1930 by Sir William Collins, under which Collins (subsequently absorbed into...

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Cozy Mystery

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A term first used in a review in the Observer 25 May 1958, “cozy” refers to a subgenre of the novel of detection defined by its light tone, element of ...

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