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Detective fiction

Index Detective fiction

Detective fiction is a subgenre of crime fiction and mystery fiction in which an investigator or a detective—either professional, amateur or retired—investigates a crime, often murder. [1]

386 relations: A Clubbable Woman, A Family Affair (novel), A Ghost in the Machine, A Study in Scarlet, Aaron Elkins, Abbasid Caliphate, Adrian Monk, African Americans, Agatha Christie, Al Capone, Albert Campion, Alex Delaware, Alexander McCall Smith, Alice Arisugawa, Allison & Busby, Ancient Greek, Anita Blake, Apocrypha, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur Morrison, Aurora Floyd, Émile Gaboriau, Bao Zheng, Barbara Havers, Barbara Mertz, Bartholomew Gill, Bible, Billy Wilder, Bimal (name), Bimal Kar, Black Coffee (play), Black Mask (magazine), Bleak House, Blind Justice (novel), Books of Blood, Boris Akunin, Brill Publishers, Bruce Alexander Cook, Busman's Honeymoon, Byomkesh Bakshi, C. Auguste Dupin, Cadfael, Caroline Graham, Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, Carolyn Keene, Case Closed, Cat of Many Tails, Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, Charles Dickens, Charles Warren Adams, ..., Chicago, Chinese crime fiction, Christopher G. Moore, Climax (narrative), Clive Barker, Closed circle of suspects, Colin Dexter, Conservative Judaism, Cozy mystery, Crime, Crime fiction, Crime scene, Criminal investigation, Curtain (novel), Dalziel and Pascoe, Daniel (biblical figure), Dashiell Hammett, Dave Robicheaux, David Roberts (novelist), Deductive reasoning, Denmark, Detective, Di Renjie, Dirk Gently, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Dorothy L. Sayers, Douglas Adams, Dr. Watson, E. T. A. Hoffmann, E.G. Daily, Ed McBain, Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Pargeter, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, Edogawa Ranpo, Elizabeth George, Ellery Queen, English country house, Erast Fandorin, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ernest Mandel, Evidence, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, Faceless Killers, Father Brown, Faye Kellerman, Feluda, Fer-de-Lance (novel), Fiction, Forensic science, Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, From Doon with Death, G. K. Chesterton, Genre fiction, Ghostwriter, Gideon Fell, Golden Age of Detective Fiction, Gong'an fiction, Gordianus the Finder, Gosho Aoyama, Guilty Pleasures (novel), Hardboiled, Harper (film), Harry Bosch, Harry D'Amour, Harry Devlin (fictional detective), Harry Dresden, Harry Kemelman, Harun al-Rashid, Hawkshaw the Detective, Hemendra Kumar Roy, Henning Mankell, Hercule Poirot, Hergé, Historical mystery, Humayun Ahmed, I, the Jury, Ian Rankin, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Inspector Morse, Inspector Wexford, Intelligence, Inverted detective story, Ja'far ibn Yahya, Jack Reacher, James Hadley Chase, James Lee Burke, Janet Evanovich, Japan, Japanese detective fiction, Jasper Fforde, Jayanta, Jeffery Deaver, Jerry Cornelius, Jessica Fletcher, Jim Butcher, Jimmy Kudo, Joe Leaphorn, John D. MacDonald, John Dickson Carr, John Fielding, John Grisham, John Rebus, Jonathan Kellerman, Joseph Bell, Judge Bao fiction, Judge Dee, Julian Symons, Kaoru Kitamura, Kate Fansler, Kate Perugini, Keith Miles, Killing Floor (novel), Kinsey Millhone, Kiriti Roy, Knight, Knots and Crosses, Kurt Wallander, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lawrence Block, Lee Child, Legal case, Legal thriller, Lew Archer, Linda Fairstein, Lindsey Davis, Lisa Scottoline, List of Ace mystery double titles, List of Ace mystery letter-series single titles, List of Ace mystery numeric-series single titles, List of Chinese wars and battles, List of crime writers, List of detective fiction authors, List of female detective characters, Literary Inquisition, Locked-room mystery, London, Lord Peter Wimsey, Los Angeles, Lost work, Mademoiselle de Scuderi, Mafia (party game), Maine, Maj Sjöwall, Marcia Muller, Marcus Didius Falco, Margery Allingham, Martin Beck, Martin Edwards (author), Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mary Rogers, Massachusetts, Matthew Scudder, Maurits Hansen, Michael Collins (author), Michael Connelly, Michael Moorcock, Mickey Spillane, Mike Hammer, Ming dynasty, Misir Ali, Miss Marple, Miss Silver, Mobile phone, Monash University, Monk (TV series), Monsieur Lecoq, Monsieur Lecoq (novel), Murder, Murder, She Wrote, Mystery fiction, Mystery film, Mystery Writers of Japan, Mystery Writers of Japan Award, Nancy Drew, Navajo, Nero Wolfe, New Mexico, Ngaio Marsh, Nick and Nora Charles, Nihar Ranjan Gupta, Novel, Observation, Oedipus Rex, One Thousand and One Nights, Organized crime, P. D. James, Pager, Parashor Barma, Patricia Wentworth, Paul C. Doherty, Paul Collins (American writer), Paul Levine, Paul Levinson, Paul Newman, Per Wahlöö, Perry Mason, Personal digital assistant, Peter Decker, Phil D'Amato, Philip MacDonald, Philip Marlowe, Playback (novel), Plot twist, Police, Police procedural, Premendra Mitra, Private investigator, Protestantism, Pseudonym, Pulp magazine, Qing dynasty, Queen Victoria, Raymond Chandler, Red herring, Reginald Hill, Rex Stout, Rintaro Norizuki, Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, Robert van Gulik, Roderick Alleyn, Ronald Knox, Roseanna (novel), Ross Macdonald, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Ruth Rendell, S. S. Van Dine, Sam Spade, Sara Paretsky, Satyajit Ray, Satyanweshi (film), Scheherazade, Scott Turow, Seichō Matsumoto, Serial killer, Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Sherlock Holmes, Short story, Sir Henry Merrivale, Sleeping Murder, Social realism, Sodom and Gomorrah, Soji Shimada, Song dynasty, Sophocles, Speculative fiction, Spenser (character), St. Mary Mead, Steen Steensen Blicher, Stephanie Plum, Stephen Leather, Steven Saylor, Sue Grafton, Susanna (Book of Daniel), Suspense, Swan song, T. S. Eliot, Taku Ashibe, Tang dynasty, The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, The Adventures of Tintin, The Big Sleep, The Blessing Way, The Blue Cross (short story), The Bone Collector (novel), The Boxcar Children, The Cadfael Chronicles, The Cavalier's Cup, The Chalk Circle, The Crime at Black Dudley, The Deep Blue Good-by, The Drowning Pool, The Eyre Affair, The Final Programme, The Hardy Boys, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Killings at Badger's Drift, The Lonely Silver Rain, The Maltese Falcon (novel), The Monkey's Raincoat, The Moonstone, The Moving Target, The Murder at the Vicarage, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The Notting Hill Mystery, The Plague Court Murders, The Purloined Letter, The Rector of Veilbye, The Roman Hat Mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock, The Silence of the Lambs (novel), The Silver Pigs, The Strand Magazine, The Terrorists, The Thin Man, The Three Apples, The Ticket-of-Leave Man (play), The Tower Treasure, The Winter Queen (novel), The Woman in White (novel), Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, Thursday Next, Tigris, Tintin and Alph-Art, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, Tokyo, Tom Barnaby, Tom Taylor, Tony Hillerman, Travis McGee, Trent's Last Case, Used good, V. I. Warshawski, Vincent Calvino, Vizier, Voltaire, Walter Mosley, Whodunit, Whose Body?, Wilkie Collins, William Evans Burton, William Godwin, Witness for the Prosecution (1957 film), World War II, Written vernacular Chinese, Yuan dynasty, Yukito Ayatsuji, Zadig, 221B Baker Street. Expand index (336 more) »

A Clubbable Woman

A Clubbable Woman is a crime novel by Reginald Hill, the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series.

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A Family Affair (novel)

A Family Affair is the last Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1975.

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A Ghost in the Machine

A Ghost in the Machine is a work of detective fiction by Caroline Graham, the seventh in her popular Chief Inspector Barnaby series, which has been adapted into the equally successful ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

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A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet is an 1887 detective novel by British author Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Aaron Elkins

Aaron Elkins (born Brooklyn July 24, 1935) is an American mystery writer.

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Abbasid Caliphate

The Abbasid Caliphate (or ٱلْخِلافَةُ ٱلْعَبَّاسِيَّة) was the third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

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Adrian Monk

Adrian Monk is a title character and the protagonist of the USA Network television series Monk, portrayed by Tony Shalhoub.

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African Americans

African Americans (also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans) are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the black racial groups of Africa.

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Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (born Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer.

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Al Capone

Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit.

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Albert Campion

Albert Campion is a fictional character in a series of detective novels and short stories by Margery Allingham.

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Alex Delaware

Alex Delaware is a literary character created by Jonathan Kellerman.

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Alexander McCall Smith

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Alice Arisugawa

, mainly known by his pseudonym, is a Japanese mystery writer.

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Allison & Busby

Allison & Busby (A & B) is a publishing house based in London established by Clive Allison and Margaret Busby in 1967.

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Ancient Greek

The Ancient Greek language includes the forms of Greek used in ancient Greece and the ancient world from around the 9th century BC to the 6th century AD.

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Anita Blake

Anita Blake is the title and viewpoint character of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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Apocrypha

Apocrypha are works, usually written, of unknown authorship or of doubtful origin.

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Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes.

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Arthur Morrison

Arthur George Morrison (1 November 18634 December 1945) was an English writer and journalist known for his realistic novels and stories about working-class life in London's East End, and for his detective stories, featuring the detective Martin Hewitt.

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Aurora Floyd

Aurora Floyd (1863) is a sensation novel written by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

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Émile Gaboriau

Émile Gaboriau (9 November 1832 – 28 September 1873) was a French writer, novelist, journalist, and a pioneer of detective fiction.

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Bao Zheng

Bao Zheng (包拯; 11 April 999 – 20 May 1062), commonly known as Bao Gong (包公, "Lord Bao"), was a government officer during the reign of Emperor Renzong in China's Song Dynasty.

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Barbara Havers

Barbara Havers is a fictional detective in ''The Inspector Lynley'' series created by American mystery author Elizabeth George.

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Barbara Mertz

Barbara Louise Mertz (September 29, 1927 – August 8, 2013) was an American author who wrote under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. In 1952, she received a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago.

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Bartholomew Gill

Bartholomew Gill was the pen name of Mark C. McGarrity (July 22, 1943 – July 4, 2002),Gravestone for Mark C. McGarrity/Bartholomew Gill, Newton Cemetery, Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey.

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Bible

The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of sacred texts or scriptures that Jews and Christians consider to be a product of divine inspiration and a record of the relationship between God and humans.

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Billy Wilder

Samuel "Billy" Wilder (June 22, 1906March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist whose career spanned more than five decades.

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Bimal (name)

Bimal is an Indian or Nepalese given name, mostly masculine.

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Bimal Kar

Bimal Kar (বিমল কর)(19 September 1921 — 26 August 2003) was an eminent Bengali writer and novelist.

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Black Coffee (play)

Black Coffee is a play by the British crime-fiction author Agatha Christie (1890–1976) which was produced initially in 1930.

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Black Mask (magazine)

Black Mask was a pulp magazine first published in April 1920 by the journalist H. L. Mencken and the drama critic George Jean Nathan.

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Bleak House

Bleak House is a novel by English author Charles Dickens, first published as a serial between March 1852 and September 1853.

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Blind Justice (novel)

Blind Justice is a 1994 historical mystery novel by Bruce Alexander.

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Books of Blood

Books of Blood are a series of horror fiction collections written by the British author Clive Barker.

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Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin (Борис Акунин) is the pen name of Grigori Chkhartishvili (Григорий Шалвович Чхартишвили; გრიგორი ჩხარტიშვილი) (born May 20, 1956), a Russian writer of Georgian and Jewish origin.

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Brill Publishers

Brill (known as E. J. Brill, Koninklijke Brill, Brill Academic Publishers) is a Dutch international academic publisher founded in 1683 in Leiden, Netherlands.

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Bruce Alexander Cook

Bruce Alexander Cook (1932 – November 9, 2003) was an American journalist and author who also wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander, creating historical novels about a blind 18th-century Englishman and also a 20th-century Mexican-American detective.

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Busman's Honeymoon

Busman's Honeymoon is a 1937 novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, her eleventh and last featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, and her fourth and last to feature Harriet Vane.

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Byomkesh Bakshi

Byomkesh Bakshi is a popular Bengali fictional detective created by Sharadindu Bandhopadhay.

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C. Auguste Dupin

Le Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin is a fictional character created by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Cadfael

Brother Cadfael is the main fictional character in a series of historical murder mysteries written between 1977 and 1994 by the linguist-scholar Edith Pargeter under the name "Ellis Peters".

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Caroline Graham

Caroline Graham (born 17 July 1931) is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

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Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (January 13, 1926 – October 9, 2003) was an American academic at Columbia University, the first woman to receive tenure in the English department, and a prolific feminist author of academic studies.

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Carolyn Keene

Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories, both produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

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Case Closed

Case Closed, also known as, is an ongoing Japanese detective manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama.

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Cat of Many Tails

Cat of Many Tails is a novel that was published in 1949 by Ellery Queen.

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Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee

Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Chinese: 狄公案; pinyin: dí gōng àn, lit. "Cases of Judge Dee", also known as Di Gong An or Dee Goong An) is an 18th-century Chinese gong'an detective novel by an anonymous author, "Buti zhuanren" (Chinese: 不题撰人).

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Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic.

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Charles Warren Adams

Charles Warren Adams (1833–1903) was an English lawyer, publisher and anti-vivisectionist, now known from documentary evidence to have been the author of The Notting Hill Mystery.

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Chicago

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.

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Chinese crime fiction

Chinese crime fiction (Chinese: 犯罪小说, pinyin: fànzuì xiǎoshuō) is an umbrella term which generally refers to Sinophone literature concerned with the investigation and punishment of criminal acts.

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Christopher G. Moore

Christopher G. Moore (born 8 July 1952) is a Canadian writer of twenty-seven novels, six works of non-fiction,editor of three anthologies, and author of four radio dramas.

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Climax (narrative)

The climax (from the Greek word κλῖμαξ, meaning "staircase" and "ladder") or turning point of a narrative work is its point of highest tension and drama, or it is the time when the action starts during which the solution is given.

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Clive Barker

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English writer, film director, and visual artist.

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Closed circle of suspects

The closed circle of suspects is a common element of detective fiction, and the subgenre that employs it can be referred to as the closed circle mystery.

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Colin Dexter

Norman Colin Dexter (29 September 1930 – 21 March 2017) was an English crime writer known for his Inspector Morse series of novels, which were written between 1975 and 1999 and adapted as an ITV television series, Inspector Morse, from 1987 to 2000.

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Conservative Judaism

Conservative Judaism (known as Masorti Judaism outside North America) is a major Jewish denomination, which views Jewish Law, or Halakha, as both binding and subject to historical development.

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Cozy mystery

Cozy mysteries, also referred to as "cozies", are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

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Crime

In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority.

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Crime fiction

Crime fiction is the literary genre that fictionalises crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives.

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Crime scene

A crime scene is any location that may be associated with a committed crime.

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Criminal investigation

Criminal investigation is an applied science that involves the study of facts, used to identify, locate and prove the guilt of an accused criminal.

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Curtain (novel)

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in September 1975 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year, selling for $7.95.

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Dalziel and Pascoe

Detective Superintendent Andrew "Andy" Dalziel and Detective Sergeant, later Detective Inspector, Peter Pascoe are two fictional Yorkshire detectives featuring in a series of novels by Reginald Hill.

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Daniel (biblical figure)

Daniel is the hero of the biblical Book of Daniel.

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Dashiell Hammett

Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenwriter, and political activist.

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Dave Robicheaux

Dave Robicheaux (pronounced "Row-bih-show") is a fictional character in a series of mystery novels by American crime writer James Lee Burke.

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David Roberts (novelist)

David Roberts is an English editor and novelist.

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Deductive reasoning

Deductive reasoning, also deductive logic, logical deduction is the process of reasoning from one or more statements (premises) to reach a logically certain conclusion.

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Denmark

Denmark (Danmark), officially the Kingdom of Denmark,Kongeriget Danmark,.

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Detective

A detective is an investigator, usually a member of a law enforcement agency.

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Di Renjie

Di Renjie (630 – August 15, 700), courtesy name Huaiying (懷英), formally Duke Wenhui of Liang (梁文惠公), was an official of Tang and Zhou dynasties, twice serving as chancellor during the reign of Wu Zetian.

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Dirk Gently

Dirk Gently (born Svlad Cjelli, also known as Dirk Cjelli) is a fictional character created by English writer Douglas Adams and featured in the books Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a humorous detective novel by English writer Douglas Adams, first published in 1987.

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Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy Leigh Sayers (13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer and poet.

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Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.

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Dr. Watson

John H. Watson, known as Dr.

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E. T. A. Hoffmann

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann; 24 January 177625 June 1822) was a Prussian Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.

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E.G. Daily

Elizabeth Ann Guttman (born September 11, 1961), known professionally as E.G. Daily (and sometimes credited as Elizabeth Daily), is an American actress, voice actress and singer known for her portrayal of voicing Tommy Pickles in the Nickelodeon series Rugrats, its spin-off All Grown Up! and in the Rugrats film series.

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Ed McBain

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) was an American author and screenwriter.

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.

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Edith Pargeter

Edith Mary Pargeter, OBE, BEM (28 September 1913 – 14 October 1995), also known by her nom de plume Ellis Peters, was an English author of works in many categories, especially history and historical fiction, and was also honoured for her translations of Czech classics; she is probably best known for her murder mysteries, both historical and modern.

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Edmund Clerihew Bentley

E.

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Edogawa Ranpo

, better known by the pseudonym, also romanized as Edogawa Rampo, was a Japanese author and critic who played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction.

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Elizabeth George

Susan Elizabeth George (born February 26, 1949) is an American writer of mystery novels set in Great Britain.

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Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen is a crime fiction house name created by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, and later used by other authors under Dannay and Lee's supervision.

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English country house

An English country house is a large house or mansion in the English countryside.

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Erast Fandorin

Erast Petrovich Fandorin (Эраст Петрович Фандорин) is a fictional 19th-century Russian detective and the hero of a series of Russian historical detective novels by Boris Akunin.

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Erle Stanley Gardner

Erle Stanley Gardner (July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970) was an American lawyer and author.

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Ernest Mandel

Ernest Ezra Mandel (also known by various pseudonyms such as Ernest Germain, Pierre Gousset, Henri Vallin, Walter; 5 April 1923 – 20 July 1995), was a Marxist economist and a Trotskyist activist and theorist.

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Evidence

Evidence, broadly construed, is anything presented in support of an assertion.

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Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins

Ezekiel "Easy" Porterhouse Rawlins is a fictional character created by mystery author Walter Mosley.

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Faceless Killers

Faceless Killers (Swedish: Mördare utan ansikte) is a 1991 crime novel by the Swedish writer Henning Mankell, and the first in his acclaimed Wallander series.

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Father Brown

Father Brown is a fictional Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective who is featured in 53 short stories published between 1910 and 1936 written by English novelist G. K. Chesterton.

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Faye Kellerman

Faye Marder Kellerman (born July 31, 1952) is an American writer of mystery novels, in particular the "Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus" series as well as three non-series books, The Quality of Mercy, Moon Music and Straight into Darkness.

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Feluda

Feluda (ফেলুদা), or Prodosh Chandra Mitra (প্রদোষ চন্দ্র মিত্র), who also uses the Anglicised name Pradosh C. Mitter, is a fictional Bengali private investigator starring in a series of Bengali novels of Indian fictional detective novels and short stories written by Indian Bengali film director and writer Satyajit Ray.

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Fer-de-Lance (novel)

Fer-de-Lance is the first Nero Wolfe detective novel written by Rex Stout, published in 1934 by Farrar & Rinehart, Inc.

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Fiction

Fiction is any story or setting that is derived from imagination—in other words, not based strictly on history or fact.

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Forensic science

Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

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Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late is a mystery novel written by Harry Kemelman in 1964, the first of the successful Rabbi Small series.

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From Doon with Death

From Doon with Death was the debut novel of British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1964.

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G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic.

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Genre fiction

Genre fiction, also known as popular fiction, is plot-driven fictional works written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genre, in order to appeal to readers and fans already familiar with that genre.

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Ghostwriter

A ghostwriter is hired to write literary or journalistic works, speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author.

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Gideon Fell

Dr Gideon Fell is a fictional character created by John Dickson Carr.

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Golden Age of Detective Fiction

The Golden Age of Detective Fiction was an era of classic murder mystery novels of similar patterns and styles, predominantly in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Gong'an fiction

Gong'an or crime-case fiction is a subgenre of Chinese crime fiction involving government magistrates who solve criminal cases.

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Gordianus the Finder

Gordianus the Finder (c. 110 BC – ??) is the fictional protagonist of Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels set in Republican Rome.

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Gosho Aoyama

is a Japanese manga artist.

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Guilty Pleasures (novel)

Guilty Pleasures is a 1993 horror and mystery novel by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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Hardboiled

Hardboiled (or hard-boiled) fiction is a literary genre that shares some of its characters and settings with crime fiction (especially detective stories).

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Harper (film)

Harper (released in the UK as The Moving Target) is a 1966 Technicolor film based on Ross Macdonald's novel The Moving Target in Panavision and adapted for the screen by novelist William Goldman, who admired MacDonald's writings.

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Harry Bosch

Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (pronounced "He-ron-ee-mus" "Bosh") is a fictional character created by American author Michael Connelly.

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Harry D'Amour

Harry D'Amour is a fictional character created by author, filmmaker, and artist Clive Barker.

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Harry Devlin (fictional detective)

Harry Devlin is a fictional detective created by the British crime writer Martin Edwards.

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Harry Dresden

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a fictional detective and wizard.

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Harry Kemelman

Harry Kemelman (November 24, 1908 — December 15, 1996) was an American mystery writer and a professor of English.

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Harun al-Rashid

Harun al-Rashid (هَارُون الرَشِيد Hārūn Ar-Rašīd; "Harun the Orthodox" or "Harun the Rightly-Guided," 17 March 763 or February 766 — 24 March 809 (148–193 Hijri) was the fifth Abbasid Caliph. His birth date is debated, with various sources giving dates from 763 to 766. His epithet "al-Rashid" translates to "the Orthodox," "the Just," "the Upright," or "the Rightly-Guided." Al-Rashid ruled from 786 to 809, during the peak of the Islamic Golden Age. His time was marked by scientific, cultural, and religious prosperity. Islamic art and music also flourished significantly during his reign. He established the legendary library Bayt al-Hikma ("House of Wisdom") in Baghdad in present-day Iraq, and during his rule Baghdad began to flourish as a center of knowledge, culture and trade. During his rule, the family of Barmakids, which played a deciding role in establishing the Abbasid Caliphate, declined gradually. In 796, he moved his court and government to Raqqa in present-day Syria. A Frankish mission came to offer Harun friendship in 799. Harun sent various presents with the emissaries on their return to Charlemagne's court, including a clock that Charlemagne and his retinue deemed to be a conjuration because of the sounds it emanated and the tricks it displayed every time an hour ticked. The fictional The Book of One Thousand and One Nights is set in Harun's magnificent court and some of its stories involve Harun himself. Harun's life and court have been the subject of many other tales, both factual and fictitious. Some of the Twelver sect of Shia Muslims blame Harun for his supposed role in the murder of their 7th Imam (Musa ibn Ja'far).

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Hawkshaw the Detective

Hawkshaw the Detective was a comic strip character featured in an eponymous cartoon serial by Gus Mager between 1913 and 1922 and again from 1931 to 1952.

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Hemendra Kumar Roy

Hemendra Kumar Roy (হেমেন্দ্রকুমার রায়) (2 September 1888– 18 April 1963) was an Indian Bengali writer noted for his contribution to the early development of the genre of children's literature in the language.

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Henning Mankell

Henning Georg Mankell (3February 19485October 2015) was a Swedish crime writer, children's author, and dramatist, best known for a series of mystery novels starring his most noted creation, Inspector Kurt Wallander.

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Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot is a fictional Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie.

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Hergé

Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist.

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Historical mystery

The historical mystery or historical whodunit is a subgenre of two literary genres, historical fiction and mystery fiction.

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Humayun Ahmed

Humayun Ahmed (13 November 194819 July 2012) was a Bangladeshi writer, dramatist, screenwriter, filmmaker, song writer, scholar, and lecturer.

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I, the Jury

I, the Jury is the 1947 debut novel of American crime fiction writer Mickey Spillane, the first work to feature private investigator Mike Hammer.

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Ian Rankin

Ian James Rankin, (born 28 April 1960) is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels.

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Indigenous peoples of the Americas

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas and their descendants. Although some indigenous peoples of the Americas were traditionally hunter-gatherers—and many, especially in the Amazon basin, still are—many groups practiced aquaculture and agriculture. The impact of their agricultural endowment to the world is a testament to their time and work in reshaping and cultivating the flora indigenous to the Americas. Although some societies depended heavily on agriculture, others practiced a mix of farming, hunting and gathering. In some regions the indigenous peoples created monumental architecture, large-scale organized cities, chiefdoms, states and empires. Many parts of the Americas are still populated by indigenous peoples; some countries have sizable populations, especially Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Greenland, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama and Peru. At least a thousand different indigenous languages are spoken in the Americas. Some, such as the Quechuan languages, Aymara, Guaraní, Mayan languages and Nahuatl, count their speakers in millions. Many also maintain aspects of indigenous cultural practices to varying degrees, including religion, social organization and subsistence practices. Like most cultures, over time, cultures specific to many indigenous peoples have evolved to incorporate traditional aspects but also cater to modern needs. Some indigenous peoples still live in relative isolation from Western culture, and a few are still counted as uncontacted peoples.

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Inspector Morse

Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse GM is the eponymous fictional character in the series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter.

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Inspector Wexford

Chief Inspector Reginald "Reg" Wexford is a recurring character in a series of detective novels by English crime writer Ruth Rendell.

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Intelligence

Intelligence has been defined in many different ways to include the capacity for logic, understanding, self-awareness, learning, emotional knowledge, reasoning, planning, creativity, and problem solving.

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Inverted detective story

An inverted detective story, also known as a "howcatchem", is a murder mystery fiction structure in which the commission of the crime is shown or described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator.

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Ja'far ibn Yahya

Ja'far ibn Yahya Barmaki, Jafar al-Barmaki (جعفر بن یحیی برمکی, جعفر بن يحيى, ja`far bin yaḥyā) (767–803) was the son of a Persian vizier (Yahya ibn Khalid) of the Arab Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid and from whom he inherited that position.

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Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by British author Lee Child.

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James Hadley Chase

James Hadley Chase (24 December 1906 – 6 February 1985) was an English writer.

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James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke (born December 5, 1936) is an American author of mysteries, best known for his Dave Robicheaux series.

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Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich (born Janet Schneider; April 22, 1943) is an American writer.

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Japan

Japan (日本; Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 or Nihon-koku, lit. "State of Japan") is a sovereign island country in East Asia.

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Japanese detective fiction

, is a popular genre of Japanese literature.

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Jasper Fforde

Jasper Fforde (born 11 January 1961) is a British novelist.

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Jayanta

In Hindu mythology, Jayanta (जयन्त, "victorious"), also spelled as Jayanta, is the son of Indra, the king of the gods (devas) and his consort Indrani.

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Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver (born May 6, 1950) is an American mystery/crime writer.

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Jerry Cornelius

Jerry Cornelius is a character, an urban adventurer created by author Michael Moorcock.

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Jessica Fletcher

Jessica Beatrice Fletcher (born Jessica Beatrice MacGill, known as J.B. Fletcher when writing) is a character and the protagonist portrayed by Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury on the American television series Murder, She Wrote.

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Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher (born October 26, 1971) is an American author,iago is the online pseudonym of Fred Hicks, webmaster for and co-author of the Dresden Files RPG.

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Jimmy Kudo

Jimmy Kudo, known in Japan and internationally as, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the manga series Case Closed, created by Gosho Aoyama.

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Joe Leaphorn

Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is a fictional character created by the twentieth-century American mystery writer Tony Hillerman; he is one of two officers of the Navajo Tribal Police who are featured in a number of Hillerman's novels.

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John D. MacDonald

John Dann MacDonald (July 24, 1916 – December 28, 1986) was an American writer of novels and short stories, known for his thrillers.

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John Dickson Carr

John Dickson Carr (November 30, 1906 – February 27, 1977) was an American author of detective stories, who also published using the pseudonyms Carter Dickson, Carr Dickson and Roger Fairbairn.

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John Fielding

Sir John Fielding (16 September 1721 – 4 September 1780) was a notable English magistrate and social reformer of the 18th century.

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John Grisham

John Ray Grisham Jr. (born February 8, 1955).

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John Rebus

Detective Inspector John Rebus is the protagonist in the Inspector Rebus series of detective novels by the Scottish writer Ian Rankin, ten of which have so far been televised as Rebus.

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Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman (born August 9, 1949) is an American psychologist, and Edgar and Anthony Award-winning author of numerous bestselling suspense novels.

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Joseph Bell

Joseph Bell FRCSE (2 December 1837 – 4 October 1911) was a Scottish surgeon and lecturer at the medical school of the University of Edinburgh in the 19th century.

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Judge Bao fiction

Judge Bao (or Justice Bao (包青天)) stories in literature and performing arts are some of the most popular in traditional Chinese crime fiction (''gong'an'' fiction).

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Judge Dee

Judge Dee (also, Judge Di) is a semi-fictional character based on the historical figure Di Renjie, county magistrate and statesman of the Tang court.

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Julian Symons

Julian Gustave Symons (pronounced SIMM-ons; 30 May 1912 – 19 November 1994) was a British crime writer and poet.

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Kaoru Kitamura

(born December 28, 1949) is the pen name of, a popular contemporary Japanese writer, mainly of short stories.

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Kate Fansler

Kate Fansler is the main character in a series of fourteen mystery novels written by Carolyn Gold Heilbrun from 1964-2002, under the pseudonym Amanda Cross.

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Kate Perugini

Catherine Elizabeth Macready Perugini (née Dickens; 29 October 1839 – 9 May 1929) was an English painter of the Victorian era and the daughter of Charles Dickens.

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Keith Miles

Keith Miles (born 1940) is a writer of historical fiction and mystery novels.

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Killing Floor (novel)

Killing Floor is the debut novel by Lee Child, first published in 1997 by Putnam.

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Kinsey Millhone

Kinsey Millhone is a fictional character who was created by American author Sue Grafton (1940–2017) for her "alphabet mysteries" series of best-selling novels which debuted in 1982 and feature 25 volumes.

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Kiriti Roy

Kiriti Roy is an iconic professional and fictional detective from Bengali literature created by noted dermatologist, Dr.

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Knight

A knight is a person granted an honorary title of knighthood by a monarch, bishop or other political leader for service to the monarch or a Christian Church, especially in a military capacity.

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Knots and Crosses

Knots and Crosses is a 1987 crime novel by Ian Rankin.

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Kurt Wallander

Kurt Wallander is a fictional character created by Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell (1948 – 2015).

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Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American fantasy and romance writer.

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Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block (born June 24, 1938) is an American crime writer best known for two long-running New York–set series about the recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and the gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr.

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Lee Child

James D. "Jim" Grant (born 29 October 1954), primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels, and is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series.

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Legal case

A legal case is a dispute between opposing parties resolved by a court, or by some equivalent legal process.

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Legal thriller

The legal thriller is a subgenre of thriller and crime fiction in which the major characters are lawyers and their employees.

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Lew Archer

Lew Archer is a fictional character created by Ross Macdonald.

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Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein (born May 5, 1947) is an American author and former prosecutor focusing on crimes of violence against women and children.

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Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis (born 1949) is an English historical novelist, best known as the author of the Falco series of historical crime stories set in ancient Rome and its empire.

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Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline (born July 1, 1955) is an American author of legal thrillers.

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List of Ace mystery double titles

Ace Books published 135 mystery Ace doubles between 1952 and 1965 in dos-a-dos format.

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List of Ace mystery letter-series single titles

Ace Books have published hundreds of mystery titles, starting in 1952.

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List of Ace mystery numeric-series single titles

Ace Books have published hundreds of mystery titles, starting in 1952.

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List of Chinese wars and battles

The following is a list of Chinese wars and battles, organized by date.

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List of crime writers

This is a list of crime writers with a Wikipedia page.

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List of detective fiction authors

This is a list of detective fiction writers.

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List of female detective characters

This is a list of fictional female investigators from novels, short stories, radio, television, films and video games.

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Literary Inquisition

The literary inquisition or speech crime refers to official persecution of intellectuals for their writings in China.

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Locked-room mystery

The locked-room mystery is a subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime — almost always murder — is committed in circumstances under which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene.

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London

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom.

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Lord Peter Wimsey

Lord Peter Death Bredon Wimsey is the fictional protagonist in a series of detective novels and short stories by Dorothy L. Sayers (and their continuation by Jill Paton Walsh).

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles (Spanish for "The Angels";; officially: the City of Los Angeles; colloquially: by its initials L.A.) is the second-most populous city in the United States, after New York City.

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Lost work

A lost work is a document, literary work, or piece of multimedia produced some time in the past of which no surviving copies are known to exist.

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Mademoiselle de Scuderi

E. T. A. Hoffmann's novella, Mademoiselle de Scudéri.

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Mafia (party game)

No description.

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Maine

Maine is a U.S. state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

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Maj Sjöwall

Maj Sjöwall (born September 25, 1935 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author and translator.

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Marcia Muller

Marcia Muller (born September 28, 1944) is an American author of fictional mystery and thriller novels.

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Marcus Didius Falco

Marcus Didius Falco is the fictional central character and narrator in a series of historical mystery crime novels by Lindsey Davis.

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Margery Allingham

Margery Louise Allingham (20 May 1904 – 30 June 1966) was an English writer of detective fiction, best remembered for her "golden age" stories featuring gentleman sleuth Albert Campion.

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Martin Beck

Martin Beck is a fictional Swedish police detective who is the main character in a series of ten novels by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, collectively titled The Story of a Crime.

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Martin Edwards (author)

Martin Edwards (born 7 July 1955), whose full name is Kenneth Martin Edwards, is a British crime novelist, critic and solicitor.

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Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (4 October 1835 – 4 February 1915) was an English popular novelist of the Victorian era.

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Mary Rogers

Mary Cecilia Rogers (born c. 1820 – found dead July 28, 1841) was an American murder victim whose story became a national sensation.

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts, officially known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

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Matthew Scudder

Matthew (Matt) Scudder is a fictional character, the most famous and enduring creation of American crime writer Lawrence Block.

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Maurits Hansen

Maurits Christopher Hansen (5 July 1794 – 16 March 1842) was a Norwegian writer.

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Michael Collins (author)

Michael Collins is the best-known pseudonym of Dennis Lynds (January 15, 1924 – August 19, 2005), an American author who primarily wrote mystery fiction.

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Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller.

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Michael Moorcock

Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer and musician, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels.

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Mickey Spillane

Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer.

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Mike Hammer

Michael "Mike" Hammer is a fictional hard boiled detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury.

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Ming dynasty

The Ming dynasty was the ruling dynasty of China – then known as the – for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty.

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Misir Ali

Misir Ali (মিসির আলি) is a fictional psychologist character in a series of novels by Bangladeshi author, Humayun Ahmed.

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Miss Marple

Jane Marple, usually referred to as Miss Marple, is a fictional character appearing in 12 of Agatha Christie's crime novels and in 20 short stories.

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Miss Silver

Miss Silver is a fictional detective featured in 32 novels by British novelist Patricia Wentworth.

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Mobile phone

A mobile phone, known as a cell phone in North America, is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area.

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Monash University

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia.

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Monk (TV series)

Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the title character, Adrian Monk.

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Monsieur Lecoq

Monsieur Lecoq is the creation of Émile Gaboriau, a 19th-century French writer and journalist.

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Monsieur Lecoq (novel)

Monsieur Lecoq is a novel by the nineteenth-century French detective fiction writer Émile Gaboriau, whom André Gide referred to as "the father of all current detective fiction".

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Murder

Murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.

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Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

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Mystery fiction

Mystery fiction is a genre of fiction usually involving a mysterious death or a crime to be solved.

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Mystery film

A mystery film is a genre of film that revolves around the solution of a problem or a crime.

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Mystery Writers of Japan

is an organization for mystery writers in Japan.

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Mystery Writers of Japan Award

The are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of Japan.

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Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew is a fictional American character in a mystery fiction series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer as the female counterpart to his Hardy Boys series.

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Navajo

The Navajo (British English: Navaho, Diné or Naabeehó) are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States.

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Nero Wolfe

Nero Wolfe is a fictional character, a brilliant, oversized, eccentric armchair detective created in 1934 by American mystery writer Rex Stout.

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New Mexico

New Mexico (Nuevo México, Yootó Hahoodzo) is a state in the Southwestern Region of the United States of America.

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Ngaio Marsh

Dame Ngaio Marsh (23 April 1895 – 18 February 1982), born Edith Ngaio Marsh, was a New Zealand crime writer and theatre director.

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Nick and Nora Charles

Nick and Nora Charles are fictional characters created by Dashiell Hammett in his novel The Thin Man.

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Nihar Ranjan Gupta

Dr.

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Novel

A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally in prose, which is typically published as a book.

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Observation

Observation is the active acquisition of information from a primary source.

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Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex, also known by its Greek title, Oedipus Tyrannus (Οἰδίπους Τύραννος IPA), or Oedipus the King, is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed around 429 BC.

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One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights (ʾAlf layla wa-layla) is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age.

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Organized crime

Organized crime is a category of transnational, national, or local groupings of highly centralized enterprises run by criminals who intend to engage in illegal activity, most commonly for money and profit.

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P. D. James

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), known professionally as P. D. James, was an English crime writer.

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Pager

A pager (also known as a beeper) is a wireless telecommunications device that receives and displays alphanumeric or voice messages.

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Parashor Barma

Parashor Barma is a fictional detective charecter made by Bengali writer Premendra Mitra.

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Patricia Wentworth

Patricia Wentworth (born Dora Amy Elles; 10 November 1877 – 28 January 1961) was a British crime fiction writer.

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Paul C. Doherty

Paul Charles Dominic Doherty (born 21 September 1946) is an award-winning English author, educator, lecturer and historian.

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Paul Collins (American writer)

Paul Collins (born January 12, 1969) is an American writer, editor and Chair of English at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon.

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Paul Levine

Paul Levine (born January 9, 1948) is an American author of crime fiction, particularly legal thrillers.

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Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson (born March 25, 1947) is an American writer and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York City.

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Paul Newman

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist.

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Per Wahlöö

Per Fredrik Wahlöö (5 August 1926 – 22 June 1975) - in English translations often identified as Peter Wahloo - was a Swedish author.

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Perry Mason

Perry Mason is an American fictional character, a criminal defense lawyer who is the main character in works of detective fiction written by Erle Stanley Gardner.

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Personal digital assistant

A personal digital assistant (PDA), also known as a handheld PC, is a variety mobile device which functions as a personal information manager.

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Peter Decker

Peter Decker is a fictional character in a series of mystery novels by Faye Kellerman.

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Phil D'Amato

Dr.

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Philip MacDonald

Philip MacDonald (5 November 1900, London – 10 December 1980, Woodland Hills, California) was a British author of thrillers.

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Philip Marlowe

Philip Marlowe is a fictional character created by Raymond Chandler.

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Playback (novel)

Playback is a novel by Raymond Chandler, featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe.

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Plot twist

A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction.

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Police

A police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder.

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Police procedural

The police procedural, or police crime drama, is a subgenre of detective fiction that depicts investigations into several unrelated crimes in a single story or episode.

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Premendra Mitra

Premendra Mitra (1904–1988) was a renowned Bengali poet, novelist, short story and thrillers writer and film director.

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Private investigator

A private investigator (often abbreviated to PI and informally called a private eye), a private detective, or inquiry agent, is a person who can be hired by individuals or groups to undertake investigatory law services.

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Protestantism

Protestantism is the second largest form of Christianity with collectively more than 900 million adherents worldwide or nearly 40% of all Christians.

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Pseudonym

A pseudonym or alias is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which can differ from their first or true name (orthonym).

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Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s.

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Qing dynasty

The Qing dynasty, also known as the Qing Empire, officially the Great Qing, was the last imperial dynasty of China, established in 1636 and ruling China from 1644 to 1912.

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Queen Victoria

Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death.

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American-British novelist and screenwriter.

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Red herring

A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue.

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Reginald Hill

Reginald Charles Hill FRSL (3 April 193612 January 2012) was an English crime writer, and the winner in 1995 of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.

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Rex Stout

Rex Todhunter Stout (December 1, 1886 – October 27, 1975) was an American writer noted for his detective fiction.

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Rintaro Norizuki

is a Japanese mystery/crime writer.

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Robert B. Parker

Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre.

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Robert Crais

Robert Crais (pronounced to rhyme with 'chase') (born June 20, 1953) is an American author of detective fiction.

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Robert van Gulik

Robert Hans van Gulik (August 9, 1910 – September 24, 1967) was an orientalist, diplomat, musician (of the guqin), and writer, best known for the Judge Dee historical mysteries, the protagonist of which he borrowed from the 18th-century Chinese detective novel Dee Goong An.

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Roderick Alleyn

Roderick Alleyn is a fictional character who first appeared in 1934.

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Ronald Knox

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (17 February 1888 – 24 August 1957) was an English Catholic priest, theologian and author of detective stories.

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Roseanna (novel)

Roseanna (1965) by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö is the first novel in their detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team.

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Ross Macdonald

Ross Macdonald is the main pseudonym that was used by the American-Canadian writer of crime fiction Kenneth Millar (December 13, 1915 – July 11, 1983).

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Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, or RIE, often (but incorrectly) known as the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, or ERI, was established in 1729 and is the oldest voluntary hospital in Scotland.

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Ruth Rendell

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, (17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015), was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

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S. S. Van Dine

S. S. Van Dine (also styled S.S. Van Dine) is the pseudonym used by American art critic Willard Huntington Wright (October 15, 1888 – April 11, 1939) when he wrote detective novels. Wright was an important figure in avant-garde cultural circles in pre-World War I New York, and under the pseudonym (which he originally used to conceal his identity) he created the immensely popular fictional detective Philo Vance, a sleuth and aesthete who first appeared in books in the 1920s, then in movies and on the radio.

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Sam Spade

Sam Spade is a fictional private detective and the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, ''The Maltese Falcon''.

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Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky (born June 8, 1947) is an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focused on the female protagonist V.I. Warshawski.

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Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, graphic artist, music composer and author, widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

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Satyanweshi (film)

Satyanweshi is a 2013 Bengali mystery-thriller film directed by Rituparno Ghosh and produced by Shrikant Mohta and Mahendra Soni.

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Scheherazade

Scheherazade, or Shahrazad (شهرزاد, derived from Middle Persian Čehrāzād), is a character and the storyteller in One Thousand and One Nights.

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Scott Turow

Scott Frederick Turow (born April 12, 1949) is an American author and lawyer.

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Seichō Matsumoto

was a Japanese writer.

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Serial killer

A serial killer is typically a person who murders three or more people,A serial killer is most commonly defined as a person who kills three or more people for psychological gratification; reliable sources over the years agree.

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Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay (শরদিন্দু বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়; 30 March 1899 – 22 September 1970) was a Bengali writer.

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Short story

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood, however there are many exceptions to this.

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Sir Henry Merrivale

Sir Henry Merrivale is a fictional detective created by "Carter Dickson", a pen name of John Dickson Carr (1906–1977).

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Sleeping Murder

Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1976Collins Crime Club – A checklist of First Editions Chris Peers, Ralph Spurrier and Jamie Sturgeon.

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Social realism

Social realism is the term used for work produced by painters, printmakers, photographers, writers and filmmakers that aims to draw attention to the everyday conditions of the working class and to voice the authors' critique of the social structures behind these conditions.

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Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and in the deuterocanonical books, as well as in the Quran and the hadith.

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Soji Shimada

is a Japanese mystery writer.

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Song dynasty

The Song dynasty (960–1279) was an era of Chinese history that began in 960 and continued until 1279.

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Sophocles

Sophocles (Σοφοκλῆς, Sophoklēs,; 497/6 – winter 406/5 BC)Sommerstein (2002), p. 41.

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Speculative fiction

Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing narrative fiction with supernatural and/or futuristic elements.

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Spenser (character)

Spenser—his first name is never officially revealed—is a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker and later by Ace Atkins.

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St. Mary Mead

St.

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Steen Steensen Blicher

Steen Steensen Blicher (11 October 1782, Vium – 26 March 1848 in Spentrup) was an author and poet born in Vium near Viborg, Denmark.

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Stephanie Plum

Stephanie Plum is a fictional character and the protagonist in a series of novels written by Janet Evanovich.

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Stephen Leather

Stephen Leather (born 1956) is a British thriller author whose works are published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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Steven Saylor

Steven Saylor (born March 23, 1956) is an American author of historical novels.

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Sue Grafton

Sue Taylor Grafton (April 24, 1940 – December 28, 2017) was an American author of detective novels.

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Susanna (Book of Daniel)

Susanna or Shoshana ("lily"), also called Susanna and the Elders, is included in the Book of Daniel (as chapter 13) by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

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Suspense

Suspense is a feeling of fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment.

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Swan song

The swan song (ancient Greek: κύκνειον ᾆσμα; Latin: carmen cygni) is a metaphorical phrase for a final gesture, effort, or performance given just before death or retirement.

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T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot, (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets".

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Taku Ashibe

is a Japanese mystery writer.

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Tang dynasty

The Tang dynasty or the Tang Empire was an imperial dynasty of China preceded by the Sui dynasty and followed by the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.

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The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

"The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" is the last of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

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The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of 24 comic albums created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé.

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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep (1939) is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature private detective Philip Marlowe.

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The Blessing Way

The Blessing Way is the first crime fiction novel in the Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee Navajo Tribal Police series by Tony Hillerman.

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The Blue Cross (short story)

"The Blue Cross" is a short story by G. K. Chesterton.

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The Bone Collector (novel)

The Bone Collector is a 1997 novel by Jeffery Deaver.

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The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children is a classic children's literary franchise originally created and written by the American first-grade school teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner.

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The Cadfael Chronicles

The Cadfael Chronicles is a series of historical murder mysteries written by the linguist-scholar Edith Pargeter under the name "Ellis Peters".

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The Cavalier's Cup

The Cavalier's Cup is a mystery novel by the American writer John Dickson Carr (1906–1977), who published it under the name of Carter Dickson.

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The Chalk Circle

The Chalk Circle (sometimes translated The Circle of Chalk), by Li Qianfu, is a Yuan dynasty (1259–1368) Chinese classical zaju verse play and gong'an crime drama, in four acts with a prologue.

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The Crime at Black Dudley

The Crime at Black Dudley, also known in the United States as The Black Dudley Murder, is a crime novel by Margery Allingham, first published in 1929, in the United Kingdom by Jarrolds, London and in the United States by Doubleday Doran, New York.

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The Deep Blue Good-by

The Deep Blue Good-by is the first of 21 novels in the Travis McGee series by American author John D. MacDonald.

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The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool is a 1950 mystery novel written by Ross Macdonald, his second book in the series revolving around the cases of private detective Lew Archer.

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The Eyre Affair

The Eyre Affair is the debut novel by English author Jasper Fforde, published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2001.

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The Final Programme

The Final Programme is a novel by British science fiction and fantasy writer Michael Moorcock.

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The Hardy Boys

The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional characters who appear in several mystery series for children and teens.

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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a British crime drama, broadcast on BBC One from 12 March 2001 to 1 June 2008, encompassing six series and a total of twenty-three episodes.

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The Killings at Badger's Drift

The Killings at Badger's Drift (1987) is a mystery novel by English writer Caroline Graham, the first in her Chief Inspector Barnaby series.

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The Lonely Silver Rain

The Lonely Silver Rain (1985) is the 21st and final novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald.

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The Maltese Falcon (novel)

The Maltese Falcon is a 1930 detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask beginning with the September 1929 issue.

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The Monkey's Raincoat

The Monkey's Raincoat is a 1987 detective novel by Robert Crais.

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The Moonstone

The Moonstone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel.

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The Moving Target

The Moving Target is a 1949 mystery novel, written by Ross Macdonald, who at this point used the name "John Macdonald".

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The Murder at the Vicarage

The Murder at the Vicarage is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1930Chris Peers, Ralph Spurrier and Jamie Sturgeon.

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens.

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The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

"The Mystery of Marie Rogêt", often subtitled A Sequel to "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe written in 1842.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

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The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review (NYTBR) is a weekly paper-magazine supplement to The New York Times in which current non-fiction and fiction books are reviewed.

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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No.

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The Notting Hill Mystery

The Notting Hill Mystery (1862–63) is an English-language detective novel written under the pseudonym "Charles Felix", with illustrations by George du Maurier.

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The Plague Court Murders

The Plague Court Murders is the first Sir Henry Merrivale mystery, by the American writer John Dickson Carr, who wrote it under the name of Carter Dickson.

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The Purloined Letter

"The Purloined Letter" is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe.

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The Rector of Veilbye

The Rector of Veilbye (Præsten i Vejlbye), is a crime mystery written in 1829 by the Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher.

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The Roman Hat Mystery

The Roman Hat Mystery is a novel that was written in 1929 by Ellery Queen.

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The Secret of the Old Clock

The Secret of the Old Clock is the first volume in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series written under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.

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The Silence of the Lambs (novel)

The Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris.

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The Silver Pigs

The Silver Pigs is a 1989 historical mystery crime novel by Lindsey Davis and the first book in the Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries series.

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The Strand Magazine

The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine founded by George Newnes, composed of short fiction and general interest articles.

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The Terrorists

The Terrorists (Swedish title: Terroristerna) is a 1975 novel by Sjöwall and Wahlöö; the final in their 10 part detective series revolving around Martin Beck and his team.

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The Thin Man

The Thin Man (1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in the December 1933 issue of Redbook.

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The Three Apples

The Three Apples (التفاحات الثلاثة) is a story contained in the One Thousand and One Nights collection (also known as the "Arabian Nights").

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The Ticket-of-Leave Man (play)

The Ticket-of-Leave Man is an 1863 stage melodrama in four acts by the British writer Tom Taylor, based on a French drama, Le Retour de Melun.

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The Tower Treasure

The Tower Treasure is the first volume in the original The Hardy Boys Mystery Stories published by Grosset & Dunlap.

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The Winter Queen (novel)

The Winter Queen (Russian: Азазель, Azazel) is the first novel from the Erast Fandorin series of historical detective novels, written by Russian author Boris Akunin.

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The Woman in White (novel)

The Woman in White is Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel, written in 1859.

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Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams

Things as They Are; or The Adventures of Caleb Williams (often abbreviated to Caleb Williams) (1794) by William Godwin is a three-volume novel written as a call to end the abuse of power by what Godwin saw as a tyrannical government.

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Thursday Next

Thursday Next is the protagonist in a series of comic fantasy, alternate history mystery novels by the British author Jasper Fforde.

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Tigris

Batman River The Tigris (Sumerian: Idigna or Idigina; Akkadian: 𒁇𒄘𒃼; دجلة Dijlah; ܕܹܩܠܵܬ.; Տիգրիս Tigris; Դգլաթ Dglatʿ;, biblical Hiddekel) is the eastern member of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia, the other being the Euphrates.

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Tintin and Alph-Art

Tintin and Alph-Art (Tintin et l'alph-art) is the unfinished twenty-fourth and final volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

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Tintin in the Land of the Soviets

Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Tintin au pays des Soviets) is the first volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé.

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Tokyo

, officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869.

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Tom Barnaby

Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Barnaby (born 20 April 1943) is a fictional detective created by Caroline Graham and was one of the main characters in the ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

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Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (19 October 1817 – 12 July 1880) was an English dramatist, critic, biographer, public servant, and editor of ''Punch'' magazine.

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Tony Hillerman

Anthony Grove "Tony" Hillerman (May 27, 1925 – October 26, 2008) was an American author of detective novels and non-fiction works best known for his Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels.

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Travis McGee

Travis McGee is a fictional character, created by American mystery writer John D. MacDonald.

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Trent's Last Case

Trent's Last Case is a detective novel written by E.C. Bentley and first published in 1913.

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Used good

A secondhand or used good is a piece of personal property that is being purchased by or otherwise transferred to a second or later end user.

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V. I. Warshawski

Victoria Iphigenia "Vic" "V.

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Vincent Calvino

Vincent Calvino is a fictional Bangkok-based private eye created by Christopher G. Moore in the Vincent Calvino Private Eye series.

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Vizier

A vizier (rarely; وزير wazīr; وازیر vazīr; vezir; Chinese: 宰相 zǎixiàng; উজির ujira; Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu): वज़ीर or وزیر vazeer; Punjabi: ਵਜ਼ੀਰ or وزير vazīra, sometimes spelt vazir, vizir, vasir, wazir, vesir or vezir) is a high-ranking political advisor or minister.

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Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on Christianity as a whole, especially the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state.

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Walter Mosley

Walter Ellis Mosley (born January 12, 1952) is an American novelist, most widely recognized for his crime fiction.

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Whodunit

A whodunit or whodunnit (a colloquial elision of "Who done it?" or "Who did it?") is a complex, plot-driven variety of the detective story in which the audience is given the opportunity to engage in the same process of deduction as the protagonist throughout the investigation of a crime.

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Whose Body?

Whose Body? is a 1923 mystery novel by Dorothy L. Sayers, in which she introduced the character of Lord Peter Wimsey.

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Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer.

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William Evans Burton

William Evans Burton (24 September 1804 – 10 February 1860), who often went by the nickname Billy, was an English actor, playwright, theater manager and publisher who relocated to the United States.

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William Godwin

William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist.

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957 film)

Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film with film noir elements.

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World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

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Written vernacular Chinese

Written Vernacular Chinese is the forms of written Chinese based on the varieties of Chinese spoken throughout China, in contrast to Classical Chinese, the written standard used during imperial China up to the early twentieth century.

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Yuan dynasty

The Yuan dynasty, officially the Great Yuan (Yehe Yuan Ulus), was the empire or ruling dynasty of China established by Kublai Khan, leader of the Mongolian Borjigin clan.

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Yukito Ayatsuji

, who writes under his pen name, is a Japanese writer of mystery and horror.

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Zadig

Zadig ou la Destinée (Zadig, or The Book of Fate; 1747) is a novella and work of philosophical fiction by the Enlightenment writer Voltaire.

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221B Baker Street

221B Baker Street is the London address of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detective_fiction

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