Scene of the crime : a guide to the landscapes of British detective fiction /
Julian Earwalker & Kathleen Becker ; foreword by P. D. James.
London : Aurum Press, 2002.
256 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports.
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London : Aurum Press, 2002.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-07-01:
American adherents of British detective fiction will embrace this guide. The authors separate the UK into 13 regions and provide a tour of each region based on the crime fiction set there. The chapters are arranged chronologically and are filled with photographs of authors and places, maps, and quotations from various works and from authors discussing their chosen settings. As P.D. James points out in the foreword, setting is crucial for many works of British fiction. For readers who have not traveled extensively in the UK, this guide will provide a great deal of information and context for increased awareness and understanding of the geography and related issues in the novels. The coverage of authors is comprehensive, although complete bibliographies are not provided for each writer. Indexes are supplied for authors and place-names; although fictitious settings are discussed in the book, they are not included in the place-name index. A character name index would have been a nice extra touch. This guide is packed with information and, besides being a useful reference source, is enjoyable to read. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduates. E. B. Lindsay Washington State University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-05-12:
Anglophiles will relish Scene of the Crime: A Guide to the Landscapes of British Detective Fiction, by Julian Earwaker and Kathleen Becker, which surveys the locales of British mysteries past and present from Scotland to the West Country. P.D. James provides a foreword to this attractive volume, illustrated throughout with color and b&w photos. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents
Mapp. 6
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 10
Scotlandp. 11
Northumbriap. 30
Yorkshirep. 42
The North-Westp. 61
Wales & The Marchesp. 74
The Midlandsp. 90
Cambridge & The Fensp. 106
East Angliap. 119
London--Centralp. 142
London--Outerp. 165
The South-East & Home Countiesp. 193
Oxford & The Cotswoldsp. 208
The Southp. 221
Devon & Cornwallp. 235
Author Indexp. 250
Places Indexp. 252
Acknowledgementsp. 254
Selected Bibliographyp. 256
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