© 2001

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Bruce F. Murphy
    Pages 1-543

About this book


Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.


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About the authors

BRUCE MURPHY is a writer and poet who updated and revised the Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia for its fourth edition. He received an NYPL award for Best of Reference Books, 1999.

Bibliographic information


'...a jewel of a reference...' - Brazosport TX Facts

'Bruce Murphy's sharp commentary makes the encyclopedia a wonderful resource: a reference book that does not shy away from opinionated evaluations.' - Publishers Weekly

'... a one-man tour of the genre's past and present by a knowledgeable and opinionated critic.' - Wall Street Journal

' excellent guide that any mystery devotee will want within arm's reach.' - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

'Engaging and opinionated.' - Library Journal