Detective and Crime Fiction

This course aims to be an enjoyable exploration of detective and crime fiction from the early days of real crime tales and the introduction of the detective novel to modern crime in the 21st century.  


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

 Bodies in the Library

When Wednesday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm

9 February to 6 April 2022


University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB

Tutor Dr Stephen Derry, Dr Sue Edney, Dr Sian Harris, and special guest author Kate Simants

A new 8 week course exploring detective and crime fictions from its beginnings in the nineteenth century with real crime stories and sensation novels to golden age and hard boiled fiction to modern crime fictions. 

Three university tutors with a passion for detective and crime fiction will guide you through the history of this popular and enthralling genre, encouraging lively discussions on a new novel each week. The final session will be led by Lock Me In author Kate Simants. Deerstalkers optional. 

Reading List

Week 1: Lady Audley’s Secret (1862) by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Week 2: Drawn Daggers (1893) by Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Sherlock Holmes: The Copper Beeches (1892) and The Creeping Man (1923) by Arthur Conan Doyle
Week 3: Whose Body? (1923) by Dorothy L. Sayers
Week 4: The Big Sleep (1939) by Raymond Chandler
Week 5: Artists in Crime (1938) by Ngaio Marsh
Week 6: Corollary (1948) by Hughes Allison (text will be provided)
Week 7: 
Lock Me In (2019) by Kate Simants
Week 8: 
Black and Blue (1997) by Ian Rankin

Course fee


Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.

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