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A detective fiction anthology filled with award winning short stories, information on the authors who wrote them, discussion about the history and evolution of the genre, and important literary criticism. KEY TOPICS: Information about the genre of detective fiction. Collection of award winning stories. Information about award winning authors.MARKET: Those interested in A detective fiction anthology filled with award winning short stories, information on the authors who wrote them, discussion about the history and evolution of the genre, and important literary criticism. KEY TOPICS: Information about the genre of detective fiction. Collection of award winning stories. Information about award winning authors.MARKET: Those interested in detective fiction.


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A detective fiction anthology filled with award winning short stories, information on the authors who wrote them, discussion about the history and evolution of the genre, and important literary criticism. KEY TOPICS: Information about the genre of detective fiction. Collection of award winning stories. Information about award winning authors.MARKET: Those interested in A detective fiction anthology filled with award winning short stories, information on the authors who wrote them, discussion about the history and evolution of the genre, and important literary criticism. KEY TOPICS: Information about the genre of detective fiction. Collection of award winning stories. Information about award winning authors.MARKET: Those interested in detective fiction.

30 review for The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    I’m using this book in my Literary Genres: Detective Fiction class this semester, so I skimmed it to determine which readings to assign, and now I’ve been reading it thoroughly as the class works their way through it. Lots of good stories and some decent commentary. Thoughts: * The book is divided into 3 sub-sections: the amateur, the private investigator, and the police detective. I’ve combined this setup with Gary Hoppenstand’s reading of additional sub-genres such as Hard-boiled and Avenger. I’m using this book in my Literary Genres: Detective Fiction class this semester, so I skimmed it to determine which readings to assign, and now I’ve been reading it thoroughly as the class works their way through it. Lots of good stories and some decent commentary. Thoughts: * The book is divided into 3 sub-sections: the amateur, the private investigator, and the police detective. I’ve combined this setup with Gary Hoppenstand’s reading of additional sub-genres such as Hard-boiled and Avenger. We also have a unit on Feminist detectives and one on Supernatural detectives. * The commentary in the book is decent, with solid introductions by Mansfield-Kelley and Marchino, and good essays from Maida and Spornik, Chandler, Kaufman and Kay, Panek, and McBain. The other essays tend to get a little too enthusiastic (from a fan perspective) for my taste. The stories are a solid mix of the three subsets above. Some thoughts on my favorites: * Poe, “Murders in the Rue Morgue” – this story’s historical importance demands that it be included, but as a mystery, it’s a pretty big cheat. * Doyle, “Silver Blaze” – Like Robert Ray, I’m enamored of the two awesome phrases in the story: “the curious incident of the dog in the night time,” and “the immense significance of the curried mutton.” * Christie, “Witness for the Prosecution” – an excellent story that’s tighter than most of Christie. Alas, one of the commentary articles gives away the ending. I warned students to read the story first. Disaster averted! * Sayers, “The Haunted Policeman,” and Carr, “The House in Goblin Wood” – classics of the “puzzle game” genre, and lame. It turns out I don’t have much taste for the short story puzzle game. * Queen, “My Queer Dean” – spoonerisms are important in today’s society. * Maron, “Deborah’s Judgement” – an excellent example of the more thoughtful character studies produced since women invaded the P.I. genre in the 1970s. Nice. * Hammett, “The Gutting of Couffignal” – the avenger detective in full regalia here. Not that interesting. * Chandler, “Trouble Is My Business,” worth reading for the title alone. * Grafton, “The Parker Shotgun,” excellent. Great characters and a tight mystery. Plus, great title. See Chandler. * Paretsky, “Skin Deep,” Haywood, “And Pray Nobody Sees You,” and Rozan, “Going Home.” Each tight and entertaining. The last one especially captures the noir sensibility that runs through much PI fiction. * McBain, “Sadie when she died,” Rankin, “The Dean’s Curse,” and Howard, “Under Suspicion” all sizzle along nicely. I can take or leave the other Police mysteries in the set. Overall, a nice selection of short form detective fiction, and a good introduction to the genre. I encourage readers to tackle the stories first and return to the commentary afterward, though I believe the only spoiler occurs in the Maida/Spornick article.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Dahl

    Read for a class. Nice array of detective stories arranged into different categories that was easy to figure out but my favourite was the essays included by the authors of the stories. One pet peeve was that a lot of the essays spoiled the short stories, so if you’re using this for a class maybe schedule the essays for AFTER the equivalent story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Haley Hart

    Mansfield-Kelley includes such a wide variety of stories while effectively exemplifying key pieces from the detective fiction genre's periods. They included essays from various scholars and authors add context, provoke thought and challenge the reader to analyze pieces independently.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Great variety of detective stories. I found the essays to be fairly useless--I just can't imagine my students getting much out of them. The stories, however will work well for the detective fiction class I'm teaching.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    We used this in a composition class. I loved, loved, loved it. There were so many great detective fictions. Our professor did a great job of teaching us how to write for academia by having us analyze each story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    This is a great novel if you are teaching a detective fiction course. Has numerous short stories from wonderful authors. I use this book in the class I teach for high school seniors!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    collection of critical essays and short story detective fiction

  8. 5 out of 5

    Miah

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heriberto Salas

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jahida Perelion

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aya Akl

  15. 4 out of 5

    Danielle L. Dabrowski

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anker

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shae

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angel

  20. 4 out of 5

    Layla Hussain

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  22. 4 out of 5

    Batsiii

  23. 4 out of 5

    Noora El-keilani

  24. 4 out of 5

    Keri Collins

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hiser

  26. 5 out of 5

    Himmatveer Singh

    it is good

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selkie ✦ Queen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paige

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

  30. 4 out of 5

    K.N.

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