texts used in this course
Books for English 231 are available for purchase from the St. John Fisher
College Bookstore or online (click the corresponding link below) from
amazon.com. Most are also available at area bookstores and from the Monroe
County Library System. Fisher's Lavery Library also has copies of these
texts, but given the number of students enrolled in 231, you would be
lucky to find a copy to use for the course.
texts and recommended editions
Raymond Chandler, Farewell,
My Lovely (Vintage Crime)
Agatha Christie, The
Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Harper Mystery)
Arthur Conan Doyle, The
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin)
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
Thomas Harris, The
Silence of the Lambs (St. Martin's Paperbacks)
Edgar Allan Poe, The
Gold-Bug and Other Tales (Dover Thrift Editions)
read or download texts online
The stories of Poe and Doyle are in the public domain and can be freely
accessed, read, and downloaded online. (Works of other course authors
are still subject to copyright law and thus are unlikely to be found on
the web.) See the author resources page, or
try the following links:
Crime-Lover's Casebook (NAL/Penguin) This inexpensive paperback
anthology of short stories will introduce you to the best writers in contemporary
detective and mystery fiction.
Students often ask me, "How can I find mystery
novels that I will enjoy reading - some day when I actually have time
to read for pleasure?" ;-) Here is a list of my favorite web resources
that will help direct you towards books you may enjoy reading.
- Mystery Precision Booksearch
Check out this hilarious mystery fiction search engine offering hundreds
of options to assist in finding the right novel for almost any taste.
Specify the characteristics of the book you'd like to read - cause of
death, personality of detective, use of gadgets, etc. - and then search
the database to find novels and stories that match your criteria.
Mystery & Crime Books
For hard-boiled detective fiction fans, a short annotated reading list
of classic and contemporary works, though, for some mysterious reason,
only those by authors with Y chromosomes.
Don't let the title of the site mislead you into thinking this website
deals only with hardboiled fiction - it is comprehensive. From a
reader in Japan, much information about a wide variety of classic and
contemporary authors, a list of mystery-writing awards past and present,
and many links to other resources.
Crime Fiction Writers
Limited overviews, including comprehensive bibliographies, of hard-boiled
writers including women and contemporary writers.
Offers an extensive index of authors of hardboiled detective fiction,
plus links to additional resources.
Guide to Detective Fiction
Database of mystery provides details about authors, sleuths of fiction,
and mystery genres. Find a reading list and the definition of MacGuffin.
Offers a searchable database of authors and characters with bibliographies,
author pseudonym connections,
awards, and a few True Trivia questions.
Comprehensive, accurate, and intelligent guide to crime and mystery fiction
authors, characters, conventions, publishers, and magazines. The
author pages are especially good, with links that are hard to find elsewhere
on the net.
Directory of less-famous and emerging mystery authors, reference sources,
events, and organizations. Features links for newsletters and bookstores.
If you're looking for information on an author who is just getting started,
is underappreciated, or whose books are out of print, start here.
A frequently updated database of original book reviews --- 700 and counting.
Also offers an author interview series, and some detective-fiction-oriented
games. Reviews are linked to similar titles, so one way to use
the site is the enter the title of a book you enjoyed and then click
the links to find 5 books that may be similar to it.
Index of Detective Fiction
Just what it says - an index of classic detective fiction with an overview
of various authors' works. No frills, but a good starting place.