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February 7, 2013

Murder in the Library – an A-Z of crime: review

murderBy Stacey Bartlett

The British Library’s new exhibition is an A-Z tour of crime fiction

If you find yourself in central London with a spare half-hour, the British Library’s new Murder in the Library exhibition is perfect for a bite-sized slice of culture.

Seasoned crime lovers are bound to find some new gems of information, and those – like me – who aren’t too Cluedo’d up on the genre will enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the kings and queens of crime, from the Edwardian parlour to the frozen forests of Norway.

The tour is easily digestible in its A-Z format (A is for Agatha Christie; F is for Forensic; H is for hard-boiled), and unearths some interesting facts: did you know that The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, generally considered the first full-length detective novel, first appeared in Charles Dickens’ literary magazine in 1868? Or that Caroline Graham’s sleepy county of Midsomer has a murder rate double that of Greater London?

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