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Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of homicide and secret is a accomplished consultant to the style of the homicide secret that catalogues hundreds of thousands of things in a wide variety of different types: authors, titles, plots, characters, guns, tools of killing, motion picture and theatrical diversifications. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others within the box is its serious stance.

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Auden wrote about the mystery genre on several occasions. He also served as the model for Nigel STRANGEWAYS, a character created by Auden's friend ATKEY, BERTRAM (1880-1952) The English writer Bertram Atkey lived during the heyday of the SHORT STORY and created many series characters, but none was as famous as Smiler BUNN. Atkey published his first collection of stories, Folk of the Wild, in 1905. Two years later, he began the series of stories about the gentleman thief Bunn, which would eventually amount to many volumes.

Fortune's bonhomie and affectation can be grating, and Clunk's ambiguity-like Melville Davisson Post's Randolph MASON, he is both scoundrel and hero-may be more suited to contemporary tastes. But Clunk is rarely amusing, as Fortune is. The point is almost moot, however, since almost all of Bailey's work is out of print. BAINBRIDGE, BERYL [MARGARET] (1933-) Born in Liverpool, Beryl Bainbridge worked as an actress and in a bottling factory before becoming a novelist. She is known for her psychological explorations, often of disturbed and violent people.

AUDEN, W[YSTAN] H[UGH] (1907-1973) The English poet W. H. Auden wrote about the mystery genre on several occasions. He also served as the model for Nigel STRANGEWAYS, a character created by Auden's friend ATKEY, BERTRAM (1880-1952) The English writer Bertram Atkey lived during the heyday of the SHORT STORY and created many series characters, but none was as famous as Smiler BUNN. Atkey published his first collection of stories, Folk of the Wild, in 1905. Two years later, he began the series of stories about the gentleman thief Bunn, which would eventually amount to many volumes.

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