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Encyclopedia Mysteriosa has something for every would-be sleuth and armchair detective. Written and edited by William L. DeAndrea, three-time Edgar Award winner, this volume is a guide to the world of detection from " The Murders in the Rue Morgue" to dime-store novels, magazines, film, television, and radio.
More than 1,400 entries provide biographies of writers and memorable characters from Ebenezer Gryce , one of the first important series detectives, to Sam Spade and Jessica Fletcher. You'll also find critical commentary, discussion of themes and styles, history, and much more. Essays by experts shed light on various aspects of the genre, including science-fiction mysteries, comic-art detectives, and juvenile mysteries.
Organized alphabetically with exhaustive cross-references to assure easy access, the book has information on everything and everyone from The Thin Man and The Third Man to The Blue Dahlia and Blue Velvet. An appendix provides directories of mystery organizations and booksellers, and a glossary defines terms particular to the mystery story such as McGuddin and Fix-up.