Who did it? Where was it done?
These titles will give you a look at murder, mystery, and mayhem through the eyes of professors, administrators, staff, and students. Many, but not all titles, are set on college or university campuses. Read them for fun, for the puzzle, to learn a little about another field or maybe get a new view of life in academia (one way to beat the burnout blahs). If you're going on a trip, find one set in that place and read it before you go. Feeling nostalgic for your old school or grad student days? Maybe there's a mystery here that can take you back.
Have students critique the presentation of your field in a mystery or analyze an excerpt. Give the students part of the mystery and see if they can apply their knowledge of your field to spot the solution. We make no assertions about the quality of these mysteries-that's your call-but if you find one that captures your field, maybe it can give advisees a sense of what it is like to be fully qualified and working in the area.
Disclaimer: For those who couldn't figure it out on your own, the presentation of this list in no way condones acts of violence and we would encourage the use of these to illustrate the problems with violence as a solution to problems.
Additional sources of information:
- Ian Carter, "Ancient cultures of conceit: British university fiction in post war years" Routledge. ISBN 041504827
- Entire Winter 1996-7 issue devoted to Academic Mysteries. Mystery Reader's Journal, 12(4) Contributing authors include: N. Decure, R. Henrich,K. Klein, J. Kramer, J. Lang, P. McGuire, P. Kenney, B.J. Rahn, P. Scowcroft, C. Aird, R. Barnard, P. Carlson, A. Clarke, S. Holtzer, J. Langton, J. Mann, J. Neel, K. Page, G. Roberts, B. Rowlands, E. Skom, G. Townsend, M. Yorke.
Several items to note before you begin.
- The following are publications available at FaCET for checkout by those teaching or planning on teaching for WKU. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title but you may use the browser "Find" option to locate using other factors.
- American titles of publications were used.
- If the author used an academician as the main character in a series then only the first title of the series is given. The word (series) appears after the author's name.
- If you are looking for a particular mystery, field, school, etc. on this list the fastest way to locate it is to use your browser's search or find feature.
- The library was built from donations of books.
|ID||Title||First Author||Pub Date||Publisher||Access #|
|37||A Dangerous Thing||Crider, Bill||1996||Worldwide||PS3553.R497.D3 1996|
|469||A Murder Too Many||Ferrars, Elizabeth||1988||William Collins & Sons||PR6003.R458 19988|
|462||A Treasury Alarm||Davey, Jocelyn||1976||Walker||PR6035.A64.T7 1976|
|38||Amends for Murder||Lake, M D.||1989||Avon Books||91015840 1989|
|1092||Aristotle Detective||Doody, Margaret||1978||Harper & Row||PZ4.D687Ar 1978|
|481||Beginning with a Bash||Tilton, Alice||1937||Milton||PS3539.A9635.I76 1937|
|478||Ceremony of Innocence||Dean, SF.X.||1984||Walker Publishing Co.||PS3554.E1734.C4 1984|
|461||Ciphered||Keech, Scott||1980||Harper & Row||PZ4.K2539.Ci|
|460||Deadly Meeting||Bernard, Robert||1970||W.W. Norton & Company||PS3563.A728 D3 1970|
|41||Dear Dead Professor||La Roche, K Alison||1944||Crestwood||PZ3.L3274.De|
|477||Death and the Mad Heroine||Dean, SF.X.||1985||Walker Publishing Co.||PS3554.E1734.D4 1985|
|483||Death and the Oxford Box||Stallwood, Veronica||1993||MacMillan||PR6069.T195.D35 1993|
|464||Death is Academic||MacKay, Amanda||1976||David McKay & Company||PZ4.M1537.De|
|487||Death of an Old Goat||Barnard, Robert||1977||Walker||PZ4.B25877.De3|
|482||Deathspell||Stallwood, Veronica||1992||MacMillan||PR6069.T195.D4 1992|
|489||Double Take||Oleksiw, Susan||1994||Scribner's Sons||PS3565.L42 D6 1994|
|364||George Eliot Murders||Skom, Edith||1986||Delacorte Press||PS3569.K65.G46 1995|
|638||Got Your Number||Bond, Stephanie||2001||St. Martin's Press||PS3570.B01 2001|
|486||Grave Goods||Mann, Jessica||1985||PR6063.A374.G7 1985|
|485||Grave Witness||Levi, Peter||1985||Quartet Books Ltd||PR6023.E912 1985|
|484||Holy Disorders||Crispin, Edmund||1980||Walker & Co||PR6025.046 1980|
|472||Icy Clutches||Elkins, Aaron||1990||Warner Press||PS3555.L48129 1990|
|491||In the Shadow of King's||Kelly, Nora||1984||St. Martin's Press||PS3561.E3947 I5 1984|
|476||It Can't Be My Grave||Dean, SF.X.||1984||Walker Publishing Co.||PS3554.E1734.I8 1984|
|308||Knight Must Fall||Wender, Theodora||1985||Avon Books||8491197 1985|
|42||Let's Get Criminal||Raphael, Lev||1996||St. Martin's Press||PS3568.A5988L4 1996|
|473||Make No Bones||Elkins, Aaron||1991||Warner Press||PS3555.L48M35 1991|
|475||Nantucket Soap Opera||Dean, SF.X.||1987||Walker Publishing Co.||PS3554.E1734N3 1987|
|480||Natural Enemy||Langton, Jane||1982||Ticknor & Fields||PS3562.A515 N37 1982|
|307||Once Upon a Crime||Lake, M D.||1995||Avon Books||9494473 1995|
|323||Peace at Bowling Green||Crabb, Alfred Leland||1955||Bobbs-Merrill||PZ3.C8399|
|468||Root of All Evil||Ferrars, Elizabeth||1984||William Collins & Sons||PR6003.R458 1984|
|467||Smoke Without Fire||Ferrars, Elizabeth||1990||M. D. Brown||PR6003.R458.S6 1990|
|474||Such Pretty Toys||Dean, SF.X.||1982||Walker Publishing Co.||PS3554.E1734.S9 1982|
|36||The Caravaggio Books||Peterson, Bernard||1997||Worldwide||PZ4.P4847.T|
|463||The Cipher||Gordon, Alex||1961||Simon & Schuster||619601 1961|
|470||The Crime and The Crystal||Ferrars, Elizabeth||1985||Wlliam Collins & Sons||PR6003.R458 1985|
|466||The Lace Curtain Murders||Belfort, Sophie||1983||Atheneum||PR6052.E39.L3 1983|
|492||The Mark Twain Murders||Skom, Edith||1989||Council Oak Books||PS3569.K65 M37 1989|
|488||The Memorial Hall Murder||Langton, Jane||1978||PZ4.L288.Me|
|490||The Mummy's Case||Peters, Elizabeth||1985||Congdon & Weed||PS3563.E747 M8 1985|
|471||The Other Devil's Name||Ferrars, Elizabeth||1986||William Collins & Sons||PR6056.E68 1986|
|465||The Reluctant Spy||Melville, James||1995||Severn House||PR6063.E439.R44 1995|
|363||The Shortest Way to Hades||Caudwell, Sarah||1986||Dell Publishing||PR6053.A855.S5 1986|
|361||The Sirens Sang of Murder||Caudwell, Sarah||1989||Dell Publishing||PR6053.A855.S54 1989|
|479||The Summertime Soldiers||Kelly, Susan||1986||John Wiley & Sons||PS3561.E39715.S8 1986|
|39||Those Who Hunt the Night||Hambly, Barbara||1988||Del Rey||PS3558.A4215 T45 1988|
|362||Thus Was Adonis Murdered||Caudwell, Sarah||1981||Dell Publishing||PR6053.A855.T5 1981|
|40||Trail of Murder||Andreae, Christine||1995||Worldwide||PS3551.N4134.T7 1995|
|35||Treasure by Degrees||Williams, David||1984||St. Martin's Press||8363285 1984|
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