Detective and mystery stories, English
Dec 22, 2011 — In The Dead Witness, Michael Sims presents stories from the early days of detective fiction, revisiting classics and introducing readers to a raft of lesser-known writers, many of them women.
Dec 19, 2011 — Sherlock Holmes is 124 years old — and he's never been in such high demand. The iconic detective from 221b Baker Street has inspired films, numerous television series, and now, two new books.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Lineup: The World's Greatest Crime Writers Tell the Inside Story of Their Greatest Detectives by Otto Penzler. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jan 20, 2010 — Author P.D. James' newest book is a personal meditation on her chosen genre, a look at its built-in limitations and the heights to which it has climbed in the century and a half since it was invented. Reviewer Jennifer Reese says Talking About Detective Fiction "whets your appetite" to read more.
Dec 7, 2009 — The act of passing on a passion is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Book critic Maureen Corrigan promises that the books on this list — mostly slim, unforgettable volumes about places or things that the writers themselves deeply love — are merrily infectious.
Nov 10, 2009 — More staff picks of standout books. This week, new nonfiction: Newspaperman Harold Evans traces his rise, while poet Mary Karr details her fall — and redemption. Nina Totenberg reads the Scalia biography. And great detective writers reveal the origins of their famous sleuths.
Jun 4, 2009 — What do Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Sen. Jeff Sessions have in common? They've both publicly declared their love for Nancy Drew. Commentator Caroline Reitz cites the fictional character's simple, morally unambiguous world as the reason for the attraction.