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November 2018

Our Criminal Adversaries: read, watch and play


Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

This month’s theme is #crimeread

Crime fiction is the world’s most popular genre. True crime also takes up a large amount of shelf space in bookstores and in libraries.

There are early crime fiction texts (Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Edgar Allan PoeArthur Conan Doyle, Fergus Hume,). There are classics where men wear (or should wear) trench coats (James M CainRaymond ChandlerPeter CorrisDashiell Hammett). There are classic puzzles written by women (Margery AllinghamAgatha Christie, P D JamesNgaio MarshDorothy L Sayers). Women, too, have produced some of the best-known forensic procedurals (Patricia CornwellGabrielle LordKathy Reichs) while legal procedurals continue to be bestsellers (Sydney BauerJohn GrishamScott Turow). Crime fiction offers windows into the worlds of the worst types of criminals (James EllroyThomas HarrisMo Hayder). Crime fiction also lets you explore Australia (Shane MaloneyPeter TempleArthur Upfield) and travel the world (Ian FlemingPatricia HighsmithMatthew Reilly).

True crime offers just as much variety. There are books on terrible events (Columbine), well-known victims (Anita Cobby), controversial verdicts (O J Simpson), miscarriages of justice (Lindy Chamberlain and Steven Avery) as well as epic overviews of criminal activity that can be classified by time period, by place, or by type of crime.

What are your favourite crime related reads? Any films or games? What are the blogs, twitter streams or magazines you read for #crimeread? Are there any apps which form part of your #crimeread environment?

There will be a twitter discussion on 27 November starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 8am – 10.30am, GMT. Note: This is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #crimeread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #crimeread, so others can join in the conversation too.

You can add your pins to this board on Pinterest (once you follow it and we add you as a pinner) for #crimeread too. Please use #rwpchat in the text of items which you pin.

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