Monday, November 5, 2012

HISTORY OF THE MYSTERY 1920


HISTORY OF THE MYSTERY 1920

By the 1920s British mysteries were popular. One emerged on top of that popularity. It was called the cozy. It was almost always set in a small town. The hero usually had aristocratic family connections. There were a ton of red herrings (false leads) for the hero to follow before they discovered the murderer. The murder weapons were straight out of the game CLUE. Candlesticks, sterling silver letter openers, lead pipes and the occasional poison. The plots of the stories followed a standard plot, but the clues were so complicated that only the very sharp reader could solve the crime before the hero. And again, like the game CLUE, the stories ended with the hero exposing the villain in front of the other players in the story.

YOUR INVESTIGATION: Who was the grand dame of the British cozy?







ANSWER: Agatha Christie
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