Martha Grimes Walks Into a Pub: Essays on a Writer with a Load of Mischief

Martha Grimes Walks Into a Pub: Essays on a Writer with a Load of Mischief


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Martha Grimes Walks Into a Pub: Essays on a Writer with a Load of Mischief by Sarah D. Fogle

Since the 1979 discovery of her work in a slush pile at Little, Brown, Martha Grimes has gone on to publish more than 30 books, win international acclaim (and a Nero Wolfe Award) for her detective series, and develop a following of readers whose loyalty translates to repeated stays on the best-sellers lists.
This collection of 10 critical essays provides an in-depth analysis of Grimes’ oeuvre, principally the Richard Jury, Emma Graham, and Andi Oliver series. The essays address Grimes’ themes of parental abandonment, loneliness, obsession, greed, mistaken and dual identity, the resilience of children, stunted romantic relationships and animal cruelty. Particular attention is paid to her engaging characters, strong sense of place and the comedy, which feature so strongly in her novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786442867
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sarah D. Fogle is a professor of communication and humanities at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has 40 years of experience in higher education and she has published numerous articles on detective and crime fiction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Indroduction Sarah D. Fogle 1

Martha Grimes and the English Pub Marcia J.Songer 7

"You're Always Away When the Ax-Murderers Come": The Plight of Disposable Children Deane Mansfield-Kelley Lois A. Marchino 25

The Significance of Place Mary Alice Money 42

"A Play for Us All": Medea and the Spirit Lake Novels Amy Hausser 62

Identity, Simulacra, and the Hyperreal: Detectives, Murders, and Victims Rhonda Knight 79

The Woman's Way: Gender and Fictional Style Nancy Eliot Parker 95

Humor, Murder and the Ludicrous in Human Behavior Mimosa Stephenson 114

Fear of Commitment: Richard Jury, Melrose Plant, and women Sherry Ginn 137

Emma Graham, Detective Quest Hero Sarah D. Fogle 156

Mystery, Murder, Misery and Meat Diane Calhoun-French 173

About the Contributors 193

Index 195

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