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Murder, Mayhem, Mystery: The Usual Suspects with Unusual Stories

Murder, mayhem, and mystery seem to have a stranglehold on the weekly New York Times list of bestselling novels. In this course, explore what makes mystery the lynchpin of modern fiction, and examine why readers are perennially enthralled by the perverse and the deadly. Selections span a broad international range, from the founders of the genre in the 19th century (Agatha Christie) to the 21st century (Paula Hawkins). Focus will be on how the genre has changed in style and subject matter over the years while retaining its readership. Readings include Agatha Christie, The ABC Murders; Georges Simenon, A Crime in Holland; Iain Pears, The Last Judgement; Henning Mankell, Firewall; Ruth Rendell, Not in the Flesh; Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling), Career of Evil; Ian McEwan, Nutshell; and Paula Hawkins, Into the Water.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater familiarity with the variety and scope of mystery writers
  • An understanding of how the modern mystery novel has changed over the years

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
  • The curious and creative
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