The Oxford companion to crime and mystery writing /
editor in chief, Rosemary Herbert ; editors, Catherine Aird, John M. Reilly ; consulting editor, Susan Oleksiw.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
xxiii, 535 p. ; 24 cm.
0195072391 (alk. paper)
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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999.
0195072391 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Agatha Award, USA, 2000 : Nominated
Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards), USA, 2000 : Nominated
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-07-01:
The growing interest in mystery and detective fiction over the last five years is marked by a rise in the number of good reference sources printed and online. Herbert (mystery reviewer for the Boston Herald, former reference librarian at Harvard, occasional writer for New York Times Book Review and Publisher's Weekly) packs this unusual source with biographical information about authors and their protagonists but more importantly with concepts prevalent in mystery and detective fiction. From larger topics ("History of Crime and Mystery Writing") to narrower ("The Butler Did It"), the substantial discussion of topics makes this book memorable and important and sets it apart from other reference works on the genre. Unlike St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, ed. by Jay P. Pederson (4th ed., 1996), or Mystery and Suspense Writers, ed. by Robin Winks (2v., CH, Jul'99), which are solely about writers, Herbert's work provides a greater understanding of the whole crime and mystery genre. Its outstanding features include thorough cross-references and a distinguished array of contributors (e.g., the late Julian Symons, H.R.F. Keating, B.J. Rahn, Winks). Nonexistent or skimpy bibliographies detract somewhat from the overall excellence of the work, but it is highly recommended for all reference collections. R. L. Abbott; University of Evansville
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-11-15:
Keen and 11 other contributors have compiled this scholarly examination of military history during medieval times. All are British with the exception of Clifford Rogers (U.S. Military Academy). Part 1 chronologically covers the effects of various wars during the Viking Age, the Crusades, and the Hundred Years War between France and England. The actual period covered is from the 700s to about 1500. Part 2 delves into the development of warfare and tactics. Topics here include arms and armor, fortifications, naval warfare, firearms and "noncombatants." The chapter on "noncombatants" is especially useful in understanding just how much violence the civilian populations of the period were exposed to as a result of local and regional disputes. The Church's influence is also covered well. One gains an insight into daily life and how the brutality of war and conquest changed the face of Europe. Each chapter provides a solid introduction written by the contributors, while the "Further Reading" section gives sources for additional study. Equally helpful is the chronology offering a sequential overview of the period, as well as the illustrations and photographs. Keen and his contributors have successfully studied and explained an important period in world history. Not for general readers, but academic and large public libraries should consider.ÄDavid M. Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This item was reviewed in:
Library Journal, November 1999
Globe & Mail, December 1999
Wall Street Journal, December 1999
Library Journal, May 2000
Choice, July 2000
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