Robin W. Winks
Harper & Row, New York, 1969, English
Nonfiction, General

Essays by prominent historians on the issues presented by investigation examine the the relationship between historical research and detective novels.

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Diana Balmori

Mysteries interest me as a genre, not as individual books. I think their appeal for me is the fascination of following a clue, having it lead nowhere, and then finding another, which leads to the solution—a process that is much like conducting research in history or science. Within the genre, I have strong favorites. When I was a child I loved Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Now, Dorothy Sayers, Rex Stout, Emma Lathen, Sarah Caudwell, and Sara Paretsky are the mystery writers I like best.

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