The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

November 3, 2015 - Comment

The history of the evolution of the traditional English murder, from Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cozy crimes of the Golden Age. Murder?a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what

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The history of the evolution of the traditional English murder, from Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cozy crimes of the Golden Age.

Murder?a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?

Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since.

The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime?and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.

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Mike O'Connor says:

Murder and English Life and Society! Lucy Worsley’s HE ART OF THE ENGLISH MURDER traces the development of the English murder FROM JACK THE RIPPER AND SHERLOCK HOLMES TO AGATHA CHRiSTIE AND ALFRED HITHCOCK. Weaving from famous crimes to the creation of police/detectives to the creation of murder-based literature, Worsley traces the development of ‘murder most foul’ in England and how it came to become an ingrained part of the English psyche. 

Grey Wolffe says:

Great book for those looking for the names of authors who wrote like Christie and Buchan Starting with how murders were handled before there were police forces in England, Worsley chronologically begins by explaining how “Detectives” came about. The first force in London was the “Bow Street Runners” who worked for “The Blind Beak” Sir John Fielding (Henry’s half-brother). Late the Metropolitan Police (The Peelers not Bobbies) were set-up in Greater London (not the City of London) by Sir Robert Peel. 

Rob Hardy says:

The How and Why of Whodunits In the play _Sleuth_ by Anthony Shaffer, mystery writer Andrew Wyke asks, “Do you agree that the detective story is the normal recreation of noble minds?” Noble minds or not, the British and the rest of the world have been singularly interested in murders, real and fictional, for centuries. The fascination has been chronicled by Lucy Worsley in _The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock_ (Pegasus Crime). The…

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