Shakespearean Allusion in Crime Fiction

DCI Shakespeare

  • Lisa Hopkins

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Lisa Hopkins
    Pages 1-16
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 183-204

About this book


This book explores why crime fiction so often alludes to Shakespeare. It ranges widely over a variety of authors including classic golden age crime writers such as the four ‘queens of crime’ (Allingham, Christie, Marsh, Sayers), Nicholas Blake and Edmund Crispin, as well as more recent authors such as Reginald Hill, Kate Atkinson and Val McDermid.  It also looks at the fondness for Shakespearean allusion in a number of television crime series, most notably Midsomer MurdersInspector Morse and Lewis, and considers the special sub-genre of detective stories in which a lost Shakespeare play is found. It shows how Shakespeare facilitates discussions about what constitutes justice, what authorises the detective to track down the villain, who owns the countryside, national and social identities, and the question of how we measure cultural value.


Shakespeare Crime fiction Shakespearean allusion Detective fiction Fiction Contemporary fiction

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa Hopkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUnited Kingdom

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