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Murder at BYU: A finding guide to and annotated bibliography of murder mysteries in the Harold B Lee Library at BYU involving universities, colleges, professors and/or students: Annotated bibliography

An annotated bibliography of professor-, student-, college- or university-based murder mystery fiction or literature in the Harold B Lee Library (HBLL) at BYU.

Annotated bibliography of university-related murder mystery fiction or literature in the Lee Library at BYU, 1920-2000; complete listing for all years.

Reference and Analysis

[Call numbers in bold are for 5th Floor, Lee Library.]

Geherin, David.  Sons of Sam Spade:  The Private-eye Novel in the 70s:  Robert B Parker, Roger L Simon, Andrew Bergman, New York:  Frederick Unger Publsihing, 1980.  Call number:  PS 374 D4 G4

Geherin, David.  The American Private Eye:  The Image in Fiction, New York:  Frederick Unger Publihsihg, 1985.  Call number:  PS 374 D4 G39 1985.

Hubin, Allen J.  Crime Fiction 1749-1980:  A Comprehensive Bibliography, and, Supplement, 1981-1985, New York:  GarladPublsihing, 1980, and 1988.  Call number:  PR 830 D4 X622.

Knight, Stephen.  Crime Fiction Since 1800:  Detection, Death, Diversity, 2nd edition, New York:  Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.  Call number:  PR 830 D4 K59 2010. 

Kramer, John E,  Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction:  An Anotated Bibliography, Lanham, MD:  Scarecrow Press, 2000.  Call number:  PS 374 D4 X658 2000.   

Moore, Lewis D.  Cracking the Hard-Boiled Detective:  A Critical History From the 1920s to the Present, Jefferson, NC:  McFarland and Company, 2006.  Call number:  PS 374 D4 M66 2006

Schmid, Georg.  Profiling the American Detective:  Parker's Prose on the Coded Game of Sleuth and Rogue and the Tradition of the Crime Story, Frankfurter:  Peter Lang, 2004.   Call number:  PS 3566 A686 Z86 2004. 


Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction, available at BYU: Part I: 1920-1940

[See Kramer in the "Reference and Analysis" section above to find complete abstracts and other details at the pages noted at the end of the entries; quotations in this section are from Kramer.  Titles below, listed in chronological order, are available at the Lee Library ( call numbers in bold).]

Converse, Florence.  Into the Void:  A Bookshop Mystery, Boston:  Little, Brown, 1926.  PS 3505 O537 I58 1929.  "The night after he reads some of his work at a bookshop in the New England Town of 'Hawthorne', the noted poet Paul Slocombe disappears.  Also missing is attractive Patience Farwell, the bookshop's manager ... several members of [the shop's] board of directors are associated with 'Dickinson College', a nearby school for women...  Among the aspiring sleuths are Miss Armitage, Dickinson's president and Isabel Carter, Dickinson's Masefield Professor of Poetry."  No infor on author.  (Kramer, entry #3, p 2.)

Davidson, TL.  The Murder in the Laboratory.  New York:  Dutton, 1929.  PS 3507 A682 M87 1929.  "Set at an unidentified British university ... begins with the death of Walter Sheppary, a research fellow in toxicology [who] expires in his laboratory after consuming cyanide.  His body is found by Dr Martin Blythe, one of the unviersity's most distinguished junior scientists, and by George Wroxham, a medical student. ...Detective Inspector Mellison of Scotland yard is soon on the scene [and] Dr Blythe, Wroxham and Mellison then engage in sleuthing..."  Scotsman Davidson was a graduate of Cambridge University and a long-time professor of biochemistry at McGill University. (Kramer entry #7, pp5-6.)

Orr Clifford.  The Dartmouth Murders, New York:  Farrar and Rinehart, 1929.  PS 3529 R63 D37 1929.  ""Three Dartmouth students are killed ... as a result of steel needles that are mysteriously fired into their skulls ...[Joseph Harris], the father of the undergraduate narrator and [a Dartmouth alum], is a lawyer who writes mystery novels as a hobby; [he] is asked by Dartmouth's president to become the school's temporary detective-in-residence."   Orr himself is a Dartmouth alum and was an editor at The New Yorker. (Kramer, entry #9, pp 7-8.)

Van Dine, SS.  The Bishop Murder Case, New York:  Scribner's, 1929.  PS 3545 R846 P37 1929.  "Professor Bertand Dillard, one of the world's great mathematical physicists [shares] his abode with Belle Dillard, his attractive young niece, and Sigurd Arnesson, his adopted son.  Arnesson, nearing forty, is associate professor of mathematics at Columbia.  The story begins with the murder (by bow and arrow) of Joseph Robin, a young playboy and one of Belle's acquaintances ... Called into the case is Philo Vance, [a] detective who  is one of Professor Dillard's students.  Vance unmasks the killer [and] as clues pile up, readers learn a great deal about the dark secrets that underlie the seemingly placid professorial lives of Dillard and Arnesson."  The author attended St Vincent and Pomona Colleges and completed graduate work in English at Harvard. (Kramer, entry #10, p 8.)

Fitzsimmons, Cortland.  70,0000 Witnesses:  A Football Mystery, New York:McBride, 1931.  808.839 F584s JUVENILE COLLECTION.  "'State College' is an American football powerhouse and Walter Demuth is its star halfback. ... 70,000 spectators pack the stadium [to watch] Demuth lead his team to victory.  Demuth performs in his usual stellar fashion until, late in the contest, he falls dead while scoring a touchdown.  Was his sudden collapse the result of a heart attack, or was it murder?  An autopsy is inconclusive and Jack Kethridge, a local police detective, [re-enacts] the sequence of plays that let to Walter's fatal run.  At the end of the mock scrimmage, Rudolpho Cannero, Demuth's stand-in, falls dead as he strides into the end zone... and not until the very end of the story does Detective Ketheridge discover the method by which Demuth and Cannero were killed...".  Fitzsimmons was in publishing sales and attended NYU and City College of New York. (Kramer entry #11, pp 8-9.)

Propper, Milton.  The Student Fraternity Murder, Indianapolis:  Bobbs-Merrill, 1932.  PS 3531 R83 S78 1943.  "Stuart Jordon, a student at the 'University of Philadelphia', is murdered by poison while being initiated into a fraternity.  Tommy Rankin, a Philadelphia police  dectective ... handles the investigation. ...[This mystery] is noteworthy as an early-day police procedural [and] it also offers considerable insight into fraternity life in the 1930s...".  Propper was a federal civil servant who earned a law degree from University of Pennsylvania. (Kramer entry #16, pp 12-13.)

Masterman, JC.  An Oxford Tragedy, London:  Gollancz, 1933. American edition:  New York Dover, 1981. PR 6025 A796 O9 1981.   "The dons of 'St Thomas College', Oxford, gather in the common room after an especially amusing dinner with Ernst Brendel, a visiting lawyer-criminologist from Vienna.  One by one the dons drift away until only Brendel and Francis Winn, vice president of St Thomas' are left chatting over cigars. Then Dean Maurice Hargreaves bursts in,[claiming someone shot an unpopular classics professor in Hargreaves' room which] plunges St Thomas' into what eventually becomes a murder suicide, and thrusts Brendel and Winn into one of the most carefully written and purely academic mysteries to appear in [Kramer]. Eight dons emerge as suspects, as do Callendar (the college butler) and several of the colleges undergraduates. ... Jacques Barzan and Wendell H Taylor in A Catalogue of Crime call An Oxford Tragedy a 'masterpiece' and it would be difficult to quarrel with that evaluation. The book is rich with Oxford atmosphere ...".  Masterman received a BA and MA from Worcester College, Oxford, and taught at Christ Church, Oxford, until retirement in 1947.  (Kramer entry #19, pp 15-16.) 

Morrah, Dermot.  The Mummy Case, London:  Faber and Faber, 1933.  US edition:  The Mummy Case Mystery, New York:  Harper, 1933. PR 6025 O731 M85 1933. "After a fire destroys most of the bursary at 'Beaufort College', Oxford, the charred remains of a body are found in the rooms of Professor Peter Benchley.  Is the body that of Benchley or is it that of a mummy the professor was seen examining in his bedroom only hours before the conflagration?  In a burst of pure academic democracy, the fellows of Beaufort vote to declare that the body is Benchely's but Denys Sargent and Humphrey Carver, two of the college's junior [faculty] members, decide to conduct further inquiries ...".  Morrah received an MA in 1921 from New College, Oxford, and had a career with several London newspapers.  (Kramer entry #20, pp 16-17.)

Frome, David.  Mr Pinkerton Finds a Body, New York:  Farrar and Rinehart, 1934.  PS 3503 R799 M575 1934.  "Sir William Brame, a millionaire clothing manufacturer, is shot dead one evening on Trul Street, just outside the gates of 'St Jude College', Oxford.  The case is investigated by blustery Inspector J Humphrey Bull of Scotland Yard and by his unofficial assistant Evan Pinkerton , a timid little man with an extraordinary talent for sleuthing. ... Exceedingly rich with Oxford atmosphere.  Careful descriptions are provided both of the university and of the commerical portions of the city. ...".  Frome is a pseudonym for Zenith Jones Brown, who also used the pseudonym Leslie Ford. (Kramer entry #25, p 21.)

Sayers, Dorothy.  Gaudy Night, London:  Gollancz, 1935; New York:  Harcort, Brace and Co, 1936.  PR 6037 A95 G28 1936.  "Mystery writer Harriet Vane has recently been acquitted of a murder.  Her nerves jangled from the experience, she is therefore responsive to an invitation to attend a presumably pleasant reunion at 'Shrewsbury College', the Oxford women's college that is her alma mater.  During her stay in Oxford, Vane receives several threatening notes.  When she returns to London, she is contacted by the administration of Shrewsbury and asked to return to Oxford in order to investigate various other ominous happenings ..."  There is also a BBC/WGBH TV (PBS) movie version by the same title.  A former advertising copy writer, Sayers went to great acclaim as a poet, playwright, editor, screen and radio writer, historian of mystery fiction, and expert on medieval culture.  (Kramer entry #30, pp 24-25.) 

Fuller, Timothy.  Harvard Has a Homicide, Boston:  Little, Brown & Co, 1936  Published in England as J is for Juniper, London:  Collins, 1937.  PS 3511 U68 H27 1936.  "Professor Singer, an art historian, is stabbed dead in his room at Hallowell House at Harvard, and the person who finds his body is 'Juniper' Jones one of his graduate students. ... Jones finds that Professor Singer's murder is linked to art theft and plagiarism. ...".  A Harvard drop-out, Fuller had a career in writing advertising copy.  (Kramer entry #33, pp 26-27.)

Innes, Michael.  Death at the President's Lodging, London:  Gollancz, 1936.  Published in the US as Seven Suspects, New York:  Dodd, Mead & Co, 1936.  PR 6037 T466 S32 1937.  "...set at 'St Anthony's College', Oxbridge, and the crime in the story is the late-night murder of Josiah Umpleby, St Anthony's president. ... Oxford-educated Inspector John Appleby arrives from London to investigate and he discovers that several of St Anthony's dons [deans] had sufficient motive, as well as the opportunities, for ending President Umpleby's life. ...".  Innes' real name is John Innes Mackintosh Stewart and received a BA (honors) from Oriel College, Oxford, and taught at various British and Australian universities, ultimately retiring from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1973.  (Kramer entry #34, pp27-28.)

 Steel, Kurt.  Murder Goes to College, Indianapolis:  Bobbs-Merrill, 1936.  PS 3521 A19 M83 1936.  "...'Chelsea College' [is] a high-prestige, private school in New York City.  The murder is the shooting of Thomas Kelly a Chelsea professor of mathematics [who] was using his still in addition and subtraction to moonlight as a financial consultant to Strike Fusil, a notorious Harlem racketeer.  ... Among the suspects are [a] chancellor, [a] dean, [a] professor of English and [a] professor of psychology ... .  Real-life college teachers will savor the portrait of Dean James [who] is systematically looting Chelsea's treasury ...".  Steel's real name is Rudolph Hornaday Kagey and was a graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia University, and until his death in 1946 was a member of the philosophy department at Washington Square College of NYU.(Kramer entry #37, pp 31-32.)

Miller, John.  Murder of a Professor, New York:  Putnam, 1937.  PS 3525 I5457 M87 1937.  "The  professorial victim referred to in  he title is Ellsworth Owen, a member of the chemistry department of a large, unidentified American university.  After years of suffering from slowly spreading cancer, Professor Owen apparently takes his own life with an overdose of painkiller.  Sergeant Fogerty of the Homicide Squad is not content to rule out foul play [and his] investigation not only establishes that the professor was murdered but it also leads to the identification of his killer. ..." .  Miller's real name was Joseph Samachson, who earned a BS from Rutgers and a PhD in chemistry from Yale, spent most of his life as a bench chemist in industry but ultimately accepted a position teaching biochemistry at Loyola University of Chicago in  1968. (Kramer entry #40, pp 33-34.)

Owens, Hans.  Ways of Death.  New York:  Green Circle Books, 1937.  PS 3529 W353 W28 1937.  "It is 'Tap Day' at an American university that very much resembles Yale.  Bob Somers, a junior, confidently expects to be offered membership in one of the the institution's most prestigious secret societies, and his father, Judge Albert Somers, has come from New York City to witness the great event.  Bob gets the cherished invitation but even as the selection ceremonies are taking place outside in the quadrangle, Judge Somers is shot dead in Bob's dormitory room.  The local police quickly identify Johnny Redfield, a campus security guard, as the judge's probable killer.  However, when Redfield is murdered the police admit their bewilderment, and President Davenport asks Percival Trout, dean of the univeristy's school of psychology, to pick up the threads of the case. ...".   No author info.  (Kramer entry #41, pp34-35.)

Cole GDH and Margaret Cole.  Off With Her Head! London:  Collins, 1938; US edition New York:  MacMillan 1939.  PR 6005 O26 O33 1939.  "The severed head of a woman is delivered in a biscuit tin to the room of an Oxford undergraduate.  When it rested atop its body the head was the property of a shady lady-of-the-town whose charms had been shared with many members of the Oxford academic community.  Called into assist the local police with their inquiries is Tom Fairford, a young, bachelor Scotland Yard inspector.  Fairford has no shortage of suspects.  ..."  George Douglas Howard Cole was a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford, an economist until his death in 1959. His wife, Margaret, a graduate of Girton College, Cambridge, was a political activist; her brother, Raymond Postgate, was also a mystery writer.  (Kramer entry #42, p 35.)

Bayne, Spencer.  Murder Recalls Van Kill, New York:  Harper and Brothers, 1939.  PS 3503 A98 M87 1939.  "Independently wealthy, Dr Cameron, a professor of Biblical Literature and langauge at 'Brampton University' in upstate New York, has a brilliant adolescent son named Edward [who] requires an enriched education in order to realize his full potential, so Professor Cameron hires Hendrick 'Hal' Van Kill, an erudtie but employed archaeologist to serve as Edward's live-in tutor.  [Cameron] resides in a secluded mansion near the Brampton campus and his household includes four attractive female student-boarders with whom he has more than the usual landlord-renter relationship.  One of the young ladies is found dead in the mansion's garden ...  and then [Cameron] is seriously injured when he apparently falls down a long flight of stairs.  Fearful of negative publicitiy, the university authorities work with the local coroner to have the young woman's death ruled a suicide and the professor's fall an accident.  However, Hal Van Kill knows better ...".  Spencer Bayne is the psyedonym of Floyd Albert Spencer and Paula Tersea Bayne Spencer; he received a PhD in classics from the Unviersity of Chicago and taught at 4 American universities. (Kramer entry #45, p 38.)

Patrick, Q and Hugh Callingham Wheeler.  Death and the Maiden, New York:  Simon and Schuster, 1939.  PS 3531 A792 D42 1939.  "This intricate, clue-crammed story is set at 'Wentworth College', an institution in the New York City area.  When Grace Hough, a Wentworth undergraduate, is found dead of a 'severe blow' to the back of her head, Lieutenant Timothy Trant of the New York Homicide Squad is put in charge of the case.  Miss Hough was blackmailing her professor of French, but as Trant learns after considerable sleuthing, the professor was not the only person on the Wentworth campus who wants to extinguish her life ...".  Q Patrick is a psuedonym for Richard Webb Wilson; Wheeler took an honors degree in English from the University of London before moving to the US and becoming involved in pharmaceutical sales.  The Webb-Wheeler collaboration lasted nearly twenty years. (Kramer entry #47, pp 40-41.)

McCloy, Helen.  The Man in the Moonlight.  New York:  William Morrow, 1941.  PS 3525 A1587 M25 1940.  '"Yorkville University' in New York City is in a state of turmoil.  Professional jealousies and domestic difficulties are tearing apart its faculty.  Nazi spies are skulking between its buildings.  Evil capitalists are trying to ursurp for themselves the profits from scientific breakthroughs made in the school's laboratories  And the institution's finances are in such poor condition that faculty salaires have just been reduced ...[C]orpses of murdered faculty members and their spoucse begin turning up on and near campus.  Dr Basil Willing, a prominent New York psychiatrist who happens to be a Yorkville graduate ... is asked to help investigate the killings ...".  McCloy was a newspaper writer and wrote for the Sunday New York Times.  She began writing detective fiction in 1938. (Kramer entry #51, pp 43-44.)










Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction, Part II: 1941-1960

Johnson, W Bolingbroke. The Widening Stain. New York: Knopf, 1942. PS 3505 I793 W43 1942. "The Wildmerding Library on the campus of a high-status but unidentified university in the eastern United States, is known far and wide for its great collections of rare manuscripts. But when Mademoiselle Coindreau, an assistant professor of French, is found dead of a broken neck after a supsicious fall from one of the building's galleries, the Wildmerding Lirary begins to acquire a new, less-edifying reputation. Gilda Gorhham, the library's chief cataloger, looks into Mademoiselle Coindreau's demise. ... [O]ne of the brightest and wittiest of all American college mysteries. ..." Johnson is a pseudonym for Morris Gilbert Bishop who received an AB and PhD from Cornell, and was a professor of romance languages there. (Kramer entry #53, p 45.)

Lewis, Lange. Murder Among Friends. Indianaoplis: Bobbs-Merill, 1942. PS 3503 E97 M87 1942. "Kate Farr takes a job as secretary to Ulysses Calder, the wise and humane dean of a university medical school in Los Angeles. Miss Farr's predecessor, Garnet Dillon, was a beautiful young woman who was efficient as a typist but, as Dean Calder puts it, was 'not necessarily good' when it came to sexual conduct. Miss [Dillon] has disappeared, and Kate Farr, taking an introductory tour of the medical school's facilities, finds her body laid out in the embalmbing room. Detective Richard Tuck of the local police enters the case at this point. ..." Lewis is a psyuedonym for Jane Lewis Brandt who earned an AB from University of Southern California in 1939; she wrote two mystery novels that centered on academia, the other entitled Juliet Dies Twice. (Kramer entry #54, p 46.)

Mitchell, Gladys. Laurels are Poison. London Michael Joseph, 1942. PR 6025 I832 L23 1942. "Miss Murchan, a warden [or dean] pf Athelstan Hall at 'Cataret Training College' disappears during a school dance. Miss du Magne, the principal of the teacher-training institution, sends for Mrs Beatrice Bradley ... a distinguished psychologist and criminologist who acts as consultant to the British Home Office. Installed as Athelstan's temproray warden, Mrs Bradley gets to the bottom of the affair. ..." Mitchell's full name is Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell; she was a graduate in history from the University of London, and became a public school teacher and girls' track coach until her retirement in 1961. (Kramer entry #55, pp 46-47.)

Campbell, Mary Elizabeth. Scandal Has Two Faces. Graden City, NJ: Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1943. PS 3505 A528 S32 1943. "It is June of 1939 and at a large state university in Ohio the English department is about to give final examinations. Trouble arises when the questions to one of the tests turn up in a fraternity house. Then the widely disliked director of the freshman English program, a man who is also the university's dean of liberal arts, is found murdered in his office. Matthew Craig, the local prosecuting attorney, takes personal charge of the murder case. ...[This book] is on-campus detective fiction in undiluted form. ..." Campbell recieved AB and AM degrees from Radcliffe and a PhD from Yale, and when this book was published she was a member of the English deaprtment at Indiana University. (Kramer entry #56, p 47.)

Innes, Michael. The Weight of the Evidence, New York: Dodd, Mead & C0, 1943. "'Nesfield University' [is] a seedy provincial institution somewhere in the north of England, where members of the faculty mask thier professional shortcomings with pretense and pomposity. The crime that brings [Detective Inspector John] Appledby [previous mentioned, above, see the entry for "INNES"] to Nesfield is the murder of Professor Pluckrose, a biochemist who is crushed by a meteorite. The object does not fall from the sky; rather it is pushed on to Pluckrose from atop a university building while he is sitting in the sun in a deck chair. ..." Innes wrote a total fo four mysteries which involve colleges, universities or professors, see above for brief bio. (Kramer entry #57, p 48.)

Stein, Aaron Marc. The Case of the Absent-Minded Professor, new York: Doulbleday, Doran & Co., 1943. PS 3569 T34 C21 1943. "The absent-minded professor in the title of this classic college mystery is Alpheus Chambers, a world-famous anthropoloigst at a small college in the American Midwe3st. Chambers finds the corpse of a gangland hooldum in the mansucript room of the college library. Since he claims not to remember his actions before his dicovery, everyone in the school's indigenous [?!] community is prepared to believe that he is the ganster's murderer. Only Tim Mulligan and Elsie Hunt ... doubt that Chambers committed the crime. [They] are itinierent archaeologists who happend to on campus cataloging the 'Horton Collection' of rare gold pieces. Quickly familiarizing themselves with the college's internal politics, they identify the guilty party and, while doing so, blow open a host of smoldering college scandals. The large roster of suspects includes faculty members, students, and the college's beligerent football coach. Readers who enjoy president watching will be particularly interested in the portrait of President Webster and his vacuous 'bird-like' wife, Sarah. ..." No info on author. (Kramer entry #60, pp 49-50.)

Rees, Dilwyn. The Cambridge Murders, London: Gollancz, 1945. PR 6007 A513 C24 1945. "The detective-protangonist of this leaisurely and elegant Cambridge mystery is Sir Richard Cherrington, the vice president of 'Fisher College' and professor of prehistory at the university. Sir Richard is a reader of detective novels and his familiarity with sleuthing is callled into play when, in quick succession, two persons associated with Fisher College are murdered. ..." Ress is a pseudonym for Glyn Edmund Daniel, who received a BA and a PhD in archaeology from Cambridge prior to WWII. (Kramer entry #69, pp 58-59.)

Eustis, Helen. The Horizontal Man, New York: Harper and Brothers, 1946. PS 3509 U66 H59 1946. "Almost all serious students of mystery fiction consider The Horizontal Man to be one of the best college-mystery novels. Set at 'Hollymount College', and exclusive women's college in New England, this brooding, psychological story centers on the murder of Kevin Boyle, a twenty-nine-yearo-old bachelor member of the Hollymount English department. ..." Eustis was awarded a BA from Smith College in 1938 and this novel won an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for the best first novel of 1946. (Kramer entry#72, p 61.)

Kyd, Thomas. Blood is a Beggar, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1946. PS 3558 A612 B45 1946. "Professor Oscar Biddler, the chairperson of the English department at a large university in the eastern United States, is showing a film to his drama class, and Anne Ridgeway, his young, attractive secretary, is operating the projection equipment. Bidddler is shot dead as the film unreels, and when the lights are on, Miss Rdigeway is hunched over the professor's corpse. Although Ridgeway is not holding the fateful psitol (it has been thrown into a far corner), the thrity students in the classromm are conviced that she commidded the murder. ..." Kyd is the psuedonym of Alfred Bennet Harbage who recieved an AB and PhD from the Univeristy of Pennsylvania, and was professor of English and comparative literature at Harvard after WWII. (Kramer entry # 75, pp 63-64.)

Leslie, Jean. Two-Faced Murder. Garden City, NJ: Doubleday, 1946. PS 3523 E756 T86 1946. " ...[W]hodunit-author Peter Ponsonby, a professor of English at a university somewhere in California, visiits his friend Ken Grayson, a professor of English at a university deep in the desert southwest. Upon his arrival, Ponsonby finds that everyone is out looking for Jane Titus, who has disappeared; [she] is the young wife of a biochemist and the daughter of Jim York, the chairperson of the English department. Eventually, Mrs Titus is found dead in a field. Ponsonby's reputation both as a detective and as a writer of mysteries has preceded him. ..." Leslie was inspired to create the Ponsonby character from the professors she encountered while pursuing graduate studies in psychology. (Kramer entry #77, pp 65-66.)

Adler, Terry. On Murder's Skirts, New York: Phoenix, 1947. PS 3501 D63 O67 1947. "Jasper B Hubbard is one of college-mystery fiction's nastier academics. The chairman of the biology department at 'Landon University' in Indiana, Professor Hubbard plagiarizes his graudate students' brightest ideas and researches his faculty members' backgrounds so he can blackmail them. Moreover, he is trying to give up cigarettes and the resulting stress, which reinforces his naturally bullying personality, makes his secretary Ellen Carter's life so unbearable that she is about to reign her position. Little wonder, then, that when Hubbard is found dead in his office, the apparent vicitm of a coronary occlusion, the news receives'polite attention' rather than sympathetic hand-wringing from those who knew him. The eventual results of Professor Hubbard's autopsy generates more interest, however, because the procedure shows that Hubbard was actually poisoned. ..." No author info. (Kramer entry #79, p 67.)

Lockridge, Fraces Louise and Richard Lockridge. Murder is Served. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1948. PN 6071 D45 D49 v2 anthology. "It is final examination time at 'Dyckman University' in New York City, and John Leonard, an associate professor of psychology, is grading the blue books turned in by the students in his experimental psychology class. The exam of Peggy Mott, an aspiring Broadway actress, is titled 'Hatred' and contains so much bitter prose that Leonard is convinced that Mott is about to commit a murder. ... But when John Mott, Peggy's husband, is stabbed dead in a restaurant by an unknown assailant, [private investigators] Jerry [North] and his amazingly intutive wife, Pam, drop all their other responsibilities to engage in sleuthing. Helped by Lieutenant Bill Wiegand and Sergeant Aloyius Mullins of the New York Police, the Norths find the villina ..." Frances attended the University of Kansas and Richard attended the Univeristy of Missouri. (Kramer entry #83, pp 69-70.)

Bramhall, Marion. Murder is Contagious. Garden City NJ: Doubleday, 1949. PN 6071 D45 U44 1949. "When Bert Johnson, the star football player and top scholar at 'Midwestern University', begins to fall behind in his studies, Kit Acton, the wife of economics professor Dick Acton takes it upon herself to investigate. A married veteran, Johnson lives with this wife and infant daughter in 'Quonset Village'. Mrs Acton's initial inquiries suggest that Johnson's problems are related to his daughter's case of the measles, but the plot soon thickens. Jim Smythe, a wounded vet confined to a wheelchair, is found dead with a kitchen knife protruding from his back, and Sally Blair, the hard-drinking wife of yet another student-veteran, is beaten to death. There are many, many suspects ...". Bramhall is the daughter of a minister and was a resident of Masschusetts. (Kramer entry # 85, pp 71-72.)

Innes, Michael. The Paper Thunderbolt. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1951. PR 6037 T466 P28 1951. "A group of scientists operating from a sanitarium outside of Oxford, plots to develop a drug that will bring it power over the world. The drug, known as Fromula Ten, destroys its victims' capacity for aggressiveness. This sinister band is foiled, however, by John Appleby of New Scotland Yard, ..., and by Oxford undergraduate Jane Apleby, [his] twenty-one year-old sister. In the process, the two Applebys also find the truth behind the disappearance of Oxford undergraduate Geoffrey Ourglass, the young man to whom Jane Appleby is engaged. ..." See Innes bio above. This book was orignially published in the UK under the title Operation Pax. (Kramer entry #91, p76-77).

Farrer, Katherine. The Missing Link. London: Collins, 1952. PR 6056 A37 M37. "Perdita Link, the infant daughter of John and Perpetual Link, is kidnapped. John Link is an Oxford don [dean]. Inspector Richard Ringwood of Scotland Yard, an Oxford graduate himself, is assigned to the case, and his inquriries take him among John Link's university colleagues, to a band of gypsies camp outside Oxford, and even to the ape cages at the 'Bestiarick Gardens', a small zoo run by the university. ..." Farrer is a graduate of St Anne's College, Oxford, and wrote three mysteries. (Kramer entry# 95, pp 79-80.)

Vulliamy, CE. Don Among the Dead Men. London: Michael Joseph, 1952. PR 6043 U44 D64 1952. "Kerris Bowles-Ottery, a professor of chemistry at the 'University of Ockham' in England, discovers a traceless compound that, when mixed with food or drink, produces in its recipients heightened feelings of well-being and amusement. Those who ingest the concoction laugh, sing, dance, and otherwise dispaly the symptoms of advanced euphoria. They also fall dead in a matter of hours, but, as Bowles-Ottery ratinalizes, they expire happily. With this lethal but humane compound at this disposal, Bowles-Ottery sets out to rid the university of his enemies. ..." Villiamy was homeschooled and did not attend university or college, and published ten mystery novels before his death in 1971. (Kramer entry # 97, pp 81-82).

Waugh, Hillary. Last Seen Wearing. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1952. PS 3573 A9 L27 1952. "A classic police procedureal, Last Seen Wearing begins with the mysterious disappearance from 'Parker College' of Marilyn Lowell Mitchell, an eighteen-year-old freshman. Parker College, a fashionable insitution for women, is located in the town of 'Bristol', Massachusetts, ... Among the possible culprits in the case are male students from nearby 'Carlton College', a Parker College security guard, and several members of the Parker College faculty. ..." Waugh received a BA from Yale in 1942, and he was a naval aviator during WWII. (Kramer entry #99, pp 82-83.)

Levin, Ira. A Kiss Before Dying. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1953. PS 3523 E7993 K57 1953. "Two sisters, the daughters of a millionaire copper magnate, are murdered. At the time of their deaths, the young women are students at two different insittutions of higher education in Wisconsin. Then the third surviving sister--a Columbia University graduate living in New York City--finds herself in jeopardy. ... Much of the story takes place at 'Stoddard University' the school attended by the first victim. ..." Levin is a graduate of NYU and this book won an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for the best first mystery novel of 1953; it was also a made in to a movie by the same title in 1956. (Kramer entry #100, pp 83-84.)

Mainwaring, Marion. Murder at Midyears. New York: Macmillan, 1953. PS 3563 A368 M57 1953. "A quintessential college mystery, Murder at Midyears is set at 'Collins College', a New England insitution for high-status young women. The book begins with a short history of Collins and then moves quickly to a meeting of the school's department of English literature. Presiding over the gathering is Gabriel Mersey, the dictatorial and corrupt head of the department. Gabriel is so loathsome that neither his colleagues nor the book's readers are surprised when, three chapters later, someone slips the evil old autocrat a lethal dose of cyanide. The sleuth in the story is Toby Sampson, a local assistant district attorney ... [and] Sampson explores the late Dr Mersey's full closet of skeletons before coming upon the identity of the murderer. ... The story abounds with real and false clues, and the murderer, as Sampson reveals, had a thoroughly academic motive." Mainwaring received a BS from Smith and PhD from Radcliffe; she was at various times an English professor, a book editor, and a newspaper correspondent. (Kramer entry #101, p 84.)

Candy, Edward. Bones of Contention. Garden City, NY: 1983. PR 6064 E83 B6 1983. This is the 1983 American edition of the 1953 British edition. "The 'London Museum of Pathological Conditions in Childhood' is part of the 'Royal College of Paediatricians' [sic] which, in turn, is one of the less distinguished units of the University of London. The skeleton of a young girl, packed in a cabin trunk, arrives unsolicited at the museum. Old Mr Murivance, the museum's director, finds the incident unsettling, and few days later dies suddenly after receiving a series of injections to ease pain in a sore shoulder. Murivance leaves a sizable bequest to impoverished Miles Latimer, the editor of the college's professional journal, but Latimer is soon grievoulsy injured and removed to a nursing home after he mysteriously falls down a college staircase ...Professor Fabian Honeychurch, the college's found and president, wants to get to the bottom of these troubling matters and, along with several of his faculty and staff, he turns amateur detective. ... " Candy is a pseudonym for Barbara Allison Boodson Neville, who received her medical degrees and training from University College, London. (Kramer entry # 103, pp 85-86.)

Carr, John Dickson. The Dead Man's Knock. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1958. PS 3505 A763 D345 1958. "Mark Ruthven, a professor of English at 'Queens Collge' in 'Queenshaven', Virginia, has made an important discovery. An expert in the life and times of detective-story pioner Wilkie Collins, Ruthven has found three letters from Collins to Chalres Dickens ... [which] outline the plot of a sealed-room mystery that Collins planned to write but never actually set down on paper. Ruthven would like to give his new treasures painstaking scrutiny but events intervene. First, his wife leaves him after a family tiff. Then Rose Lestange, a beautiful bachelorette friend of many of Queens' male faculty members, is stabbed dead behind the locked doors of her bedroom. ... Happily for all concerned, with the exeption of Miss Lestrange and her murderer, Dr Gideon Fell happens to visiting Queens... A fat, wheezing British lexicographer, Fell is an internationally-celebrated detective ..." Carr is considered "one of the giants of the 'Golden Age' of mystery fiction"; he attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania and modeled Fell on GK Chesterton. (Kramer entry # 113, p 93.)

Mitchell, Gladys. Spotted Hemlock. London" Michael Jospeh, 1958. American edition: New York: St Martin's, 1985. PR 6025 I832 S6 1958. "'HighPepper Hall' is an agricultureal training college for men in the English county of Berkshire. 'Calladale College' , twenty-five miles away, is an agricultural trining school for women. As might be expected, the romantic traffic between the two insititutions is considerable, and one evening the dead body of a female, presumably a Calladale student, is discovered in an ancient stagecoach on the Highpepper grounds. Becasue her nephew, Carey LeStrange, is serving as a tutor in piggery, ... Dame Beatrice LeStrange Bradley arrives on the seen to offer her own uniquely energetic brand of detection. ..." See author bio at title Laurels are Poison above. (Kramer entry #115, pp 94-95.)

Fenwick, Elizaabeth. A Long Way Down. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1959. PR 6011 E56 L56 1959. "'Stanton College' one of the oldest and most distinguished schools for men in the United States is rocked by two mysterious deaths. First, the fiancee of a young instructor in English dies after tumbling off the town's highest bridge. Then someone shatters the skull of Old Professor Gibson, the campus eccesntric, all over the floor of the professor's dining room.. ...Stanton College is fortunate to have Matthew Holley as its security chief..." Her full name is Elizabeth Fenwick Way, "and specialized in grisly stories set in isolated or tightly bounded communtities". (Kramer entry # 117, p 96.)

Butler, Gwendoline. Death Lives Next Door. London: Bles, 1960 Published in the US as Dine and Be Dead. New York: MacMillan, 1960. PR 6052 U813 D46 1960 (as "First Inspector Coffin mystery" at PR 6052 U813 D4 1992). "The central figure in this bizarre psychological story is Marion Manning, a University of Oxford philologist. Grey-haired, stocky, and in her fifties, Manning shares her home with a mysterious woman named Joyo. Manning is being hounded by another mysterious person known as 'The Watcher'. When that individual claims to be Manning's husband and is then found stabbed dead in Manning 's home ... Inspector John Coffin from London launches an investigation. ..." Butler received an MA from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; the wife of a medieval history professor at the University of St Andrews, she has published over fifty mysteries. (Kramer entry #119, pp 97-98.)

Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction, Part III: 1961-1980

Nicholas, Robert. The White Shroud. London: Collins, 1961. PR 6064 I27 W46 1961. "It is a dark and stormy Sunday night (and a bitter-cold one as well) when a porter discovers the dead body of Dr Roker in the chemistry building of 'Granstone University' ...located in one of the bleaker regions of northern England. On the case within minutes of the porter's phone call are Inspector Stone and Sergeant Crawley of the local police. A junior lecturer, Roker is dead o f a bashed skull, and Stone begins calling various university officials from their beds to meet him at the murder scene. ... Unpopular with his colleagues, and suspected of having cheated to get his doctorate, Roker is found to have run up large gambling debts and to have paid off those debts by blackmailing a professor of English who had an affair with the wife of a colleague ..." (Kramer entry # 125, p 103.)

Hopkins, Kenneth. Campus Corpse. London: Macdonald, 1963. PR 6015 O62 C35x 1963 Special Collections. " ... Gerry Lee, a London newspaperman, ... travels to the University of Texas to give a series of lectures on the difference between British and American journlaism ... he turns sleuth when an assistant professor of English dies in a suspcicious automobile accident. The plot of the story is very inventive and includes a phony fall-to-the-death from the Texas Tower, the disappearnace from a faculty office of a complete set of Sir Walter Scott's novels, and the only tour of the Alamo in college-mystery fiction. ..." Hopkins, a British native, was a profilic professional writer, and this was the last of four Gerry Lee mystery novels. (Kramer entry #131, pp 107-108.)

Devine, DM. The Devil at Your Elbow. London: Colligs, 1967. PR 6054 E9 D39 1966. "This supsenseful tale of academic intrigue is set at 'Hardgate University', a Britihs institution that is generally conceded even by its stuanches admirers, to be much inferior to Oxford or Cambridge. Edward Haxton, a nondistinguished economist, is accused of embezzeling twenty pounds from the summer school budget. He retaliates by threatening to reveal new facts about an old Hardgate sex scandal. When Haxton is soon found murdered, several of Hardgate's dons [deans] are suspected of the crime. Inspector Finney of the Hardgate CID leads the investigation, but the author provides a great many real and false clues through which readers can do their own, independent detecting. ..." David Macdonald Devine was born in Scotland and attended the Universities of Glasgow and London. (Kramer entry #136, p 113.)

Kenyon, Michael. The Trouble with Series Three. New York: Morrow, 1967. (Published in England as The Whole Hog. London: Collins, 1967). PR 6061 E675 T75 1967. "Arthur Appleyard [is] a twenty-nine-year-old visiting swine nutritionist from Leeds University [but this novel ] is set at 'Illinois State College' deep in the American Midwest. Appleyard is at Illinois State College under grants from the United States Air Force and the National Aeonautics and Space Administration to test various pig fieeds. Because pigs have digestive systems similar to those of human beings, his research has importnat implications for space travel. International spies, interested in Appleyard's findings, kill his laboratory assistant and kidnap Humphrey, his prize hog. Captain Petty of the local police handles some of the detection [while] Appleyard and Liz Salucka, his American coworker and girlfriend, bring the case to a successful conclusion. ..." (Kramer entry # 143, p 116.)

Deal, Babs H. The Walls Came Tumbling Down. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968. PS 3554 E12 W34x 1968. "When the old 'Delta' sorority house at 'Druid City University' is torn down in the mid-1960s, the skeleton of a baby is found in an air shaft. The local authorities reason that the body must have been deposited in the summer of 1944, when the house was being remodeled and the shaft was briefly opened. Nine young women occupied the house that summer, and all of them immediately come under suspicion. [This] is not a conventional mystery. Instead of employing a fictional sleuth to develop clues, the author concentrates her attentions on the life, times, and thoughts of the various Delta women now approaching middle-age, who might have committed infanticide. ..." Babs Hodges Deal receive a BA in 1952 from the Universityof Alabama. (Kramer entry # 144, pp 116-117.)

Latham, Emma. Come to Dust. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968. PS 3562 A 755C66 1968. "Not one but three highly publicized scandals hit 'Brunswick College', a select, Ivy League school in 'Coburg', New Hampshire. A professional fund-raiser disappears with a $50,000 negotiatble bond intended for the institution's coffers. Someone steals the files of the applicants for next fall's freshman class. Then a high school student visiting the Brunswick campus for an admission interview is stabbed to death in the elegant Coburg Inn. Because much of Brunswick's fund raising is done in conjunction with the Sloan Guaranty Bank in New York, John Putnam Thayer, the bank's urbane senior vice president, becomes involved in the college's problems. ... He ties together and resolves all three of Brunswick's difficulties, but not before he finds that even Ivy League alumni are not always as wealthy as they claim to be. ..." (Kramer entry # 147, pp 118-119.) Emma Latham is the psueodnym of Mary J Latsis and Martha Hennisart; both are gradutes of Harvard, Latsis is an economist and Hennisart is an attorney.

Woodfin, Henry. Virginia's Thing. New York: Harper and Row, 1968. PS 3573 O62 V53 1968. Virginia McReedy, a twenty-year-old junior at an American state university, disappears from campus. Frank McReedy, the president of 'The International Dockmen's Union' hires John Foley, an ex-cop turned private detective, to find his daughter. As Foley earns his $200-per-day fee, his sleuthing brings him into life-threatening contact with an unfriendly black civil rights leader and into only slightly less-acrimonious relationships with several university faculty members. ... " This is Woodfin's only mystery novel. (Kramer entry # 149, pp 119-120.)

Greenbaum, Leonard. Out of Shape. New York: harper, 1969. PS 3557 R3765 O79 1969. "Rudolph Reichet, an immigrant professor of medieval literature, is found dead in his office, his face blown away by a shotgun blast. The setting is 'Milton State University' in Michigan. Lieutenant Paul Gold of the local police, along with Tommy Larkin, the professor's graduate-student research assistant, investigate the killing. ..." Greenbaum earned a BA, an MA and a PhD from the University of Michigan, and at the time this novel was published was an Assistant Professor in Michigan's English Department. (Kramer entry 3153, pp 122-123.)

Bernard, Robert. Deadly Meeting. New York: Norton, 1970. PS 3563 A728 D42 1970. "The 'deadly meeting' in the title of this novel is the annual convention of the Modern Language Assocaiton. In addition to the usual paper-giving, socializing, and job searching, the MLA agenda this particular year includes the death of Professor Peter Jackson, head of the English department at 'Wilton University'. An autocratic and singulalrly unpopular chairman, Jackson obviously was done in by one of his faculty subordinates. The puzzle for the reader is which one of Jackson's departmental antagonists is guilty. ..." Robert Bernard is the pseudonym for Robert Bernard Martin who received an AB from Harvard and and a BLitt from Oxford, and was a member of the English Departament at Princeton until his retirement in 1973. (Kramer entry # 155, pp 123-124.)

Cross, Amanda. Poetic Justice. New York: Knopf, 1970. PS 3558 E4526 P53 1970. "[This mystery] is set at a large, elite New York City university that gives every appearance of being Columbia. Against a backdrop of student demonstrations and sit-ins the university is experiencing bitter intraorganizational conflict. ... Jeremiah Cudlipp, chairperson of the English department, dies after swallowing aspirin tablets. Allergic to aspirin, Cudlipp ordinarily employed a special headche remedy from England but ... someone apparently substituted real aspirin for his imported pills. ... [The novel] contains many references to WH Auden ... and late in the book Auden makes a personal appearance at the university, reads from his work, and takes part in a question-and-answer session. ... " Cross is the pseudonym of Carolyn Heilbrun, who received a BA from Wellsley, and MA and PhD from Columbia, and was the first woman to be tenured in Columbia's English department. She retired in 1992. (Kramer entry #156, pp 124-125.)

Lockridge, Richard. Twice Retired. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1970. PS 3523 O245 T83 1970. " ... opens with Walter Brinkley, a retired professor of English at 'Dyckman University' in New York City, driving from his suburban home to the Dyckman Faculty Club in order to attend a publisher's reception for his newest book. The Vietnam War is at its height, and pickets and demonstrators roam the campus. When the reception ends, Brinkley prepares to drive home only to find the dead body of General Philip Armstrong, US Army (retired), in the backseat of his car. ... Assistant District Attorney Bernie Simmons, who happens to be one of Professor Brinkley's former students, handles the investigation. ..." Lockridge wrote novels with his wife Francis, but this one is his only solo effort after her death in 1963. (Kramer entry #157, pp 125-126.)

Melville, Jennie. A New Kind of Killer, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. (US edition: New Kind of Killer, New York: McKay, 1971). PR 6063 E44 N39 1971. "The 'University of Midport' is a new British university. It is so new, in fact, that it is about to install its very first chancellor, and when radical students stage a series of campus outrages there are grave doubts that the young school can survive the upheavals. Then, when several murders occur within the Midport community, things look very black indeed. It is fortunate, therefore, that Charmain Daniels... is at Midport taking course in criminology. On leave from her job as detective with the 'Deerham Hills' police force, Daniels drops her studies to investigate the killings ..." Melville and Gwendoline Butler are the same person, see bio above for Death Lives Next Door (1960). (Kramer entry #159, p 127.)

Ashe, Gordon. A Rabble of Rebels. London: Long, 1972. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972. PR 6005 R517 R32. "Radical students taken over the campus of 'Mid-Cal University' near San Francisco. 'Gentle-faced' Dean Connell is imprisoned in his office and two stduent bystanders are killed when they attempt to make and early exit from one of the radical's more heated protest rallies. Meanwhile, in London, Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Patrick Dawlish sees the Mid-Cal affair as the thin edge of a revolutionary wedge designed, ultimately, to destroy all the universities in the western world. ... Dawlish hops the next jet for California in order to investigate matters. His findings at Mid-Cal only confirm his suspicions that student uprisiings are the product of an international conspiracy. ... Perhaps the best testimony to Dawlish's proficient rebel-quashing in this story is the fact that shortly after the book's appearance calm was restored, not only at Mid-Cal, but at most nonfictional colleges and universities thoroughout the world as well ..." Ashe is a pseudonym for John Creasy, who, despite never having attended college, wrote over 500 mystery and adventure novels, and used as many as 12 different pseudonyms. (Kramer entry #160, p 128.)

Candy, Edward. Words for Murder, Perhaps. London: Gallancz, 1971; Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984. PR 6064 E83 W6 1984. "[This novel] is set at the extramural (evening adult extension) facility of the 'University of Bantwich'. Located in downtown Bantwich, a depressingly grim city in the British Midlands ... [this case] centers on the murder of elderly Professor Arthur Hallam, an Egyptologist, who dies after offering a guest lecture. Seeking postpresentation refreshment, Hallam sips a glass of water into which someone has dropped cyanide. The leading suspect is Mr Roberts, a Bantwich lecturer in English who is teaching an extramural course on the history of the detective novel. ... Roberts is pinpointed by Inspector Hunt of the local police as a possible 'nut case', but there are many, many other suspects as well, most of them extramural administrators, teachers, and students . Several of the important clues in the plot are literary in nature. Although devotees of 'serious' mystery fiction will find that Words for Murder, Perhaps, presents a significant whodunit, the book can also be read simply for its sly, witty commentaries on academic life. ..." Candy is pseudonym for Barbara Neville, see bio above at Bones of Contention, 1954. (Kramer entry #161, pp 128-129.)

Graham, John Alexander. The Involvement of Arnold Wechsler. Boston: Little Brown, 1971. PS 3557 R212 I59 1971. "Arnold Wechsler is a wisecracking junior member of the classics department at 'Hewes University'. His 'involvement' begins when he is asked by Winthrop Dohrn, the harassed president of Hewes, to investigate the kidnapping of Dohrn's young granddaughter. Dohrn suspects that David Wechsler, Arnold's younger, student-radical brother, is responsible, and he wants Arnold to look into the matter. Arnold Wechsler's sleuthing brings him into closer-than-comfortable contact with Hewes' retinue of antiestablishment undergraduates, and it also leads him to a few skeletons in the Dohrn family closet. ... During the first chapter of this partially inverted mystery, Dohrn is sundered into bloody bits and pieces when a bomb, planted by persons unknown, blows up his presidential mansion." Graham received a BA from Colimbia in 1962 and an MA from Brandeis in 1964, and was a mathematics instructor at Wellesley College when this novel was published. (Kramer entry #162, pp 129-130.)

Hill, Reginald. An Advancement of Learning. London: Collins, 1971. (American edition: Woodstock, VT: Countryman Press, 1971). PR 6058 I448 A68 1985. "Set at the 'Holm Coultram College of Liberal Arts and Education' in the Yorkshire region of England, this wry, intricate mystery stars ... Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel and Sergeant Peter Pasco. The two policemen come onto the Holm Coultram campus when human bones are unearthed in the staff garden. The bones, it turns out, belong to Alison Girling, a former principal of the school who was thought to have died in an automobile accident (and to have been buried) in Austria. ..." Hill was born in Hartlepool, Engalnd, received a BA in English from St Catherines, Oxford, and when this book was published was a lecturer in English at the Doncaster College of Education in Yorkshire. Since 1982, he has been a full-time writer; some his novels have been adapted to British TV series. (Kramer entry #163, pp 130-131.)

James, PD. An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. London: Faber & Faber, 1972 (American edition: New York: Scribner’s, 1973). PR 6060 A467 U58 1972. “Set in and around the University of Cambridge, [this book] displays the sleuthing talents of Cordelia Gray, a novice private detective from London. ON her first major case, Gray investigates the apparent suicide-by-hanging of Mark Callender, a recent Cambrdige dropout. …” Phyllis Dorothy James is a well known mystery novelist who has worked as a civil servant in the criminal department of the British Home Office. (Kramer entry # 168, p 134.)

Kemelman, Harry. Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red. New York: Fields, 1973. PS 3561 E398 T8 1973. “”Rabbi David Small, whose natural habitat is the New England community of ‘Barnard’s Crossing’, is invited to offer a one-semester course in Jewish thought and philosophy at ‘Windermere Christian College’ in Boston. [The College], charitably characterized by its regular faculty members as a ‘fallback school’...  is a classic example of an intellectually deprived institution. … The mystery in the story centers on the murder of John Hendryx, an unpleasant, bachelor professor of English. … It is Rabbi Small’s perceptive Talmudic logic, however, that puts Professor Hendryx’s killer behind bars. …” (Kramer entry # 169, pp 134-135.)

Ludlum, Robert.  The Matlock Paper.  New York:  Dial, 1973.  PS 3562 U62 M38 1973.  "Who would ever think that 'Carlyle University', an elite institution in Connecticut, could be the secret headquarters of an international crime ring?  The FBI thinks so, and it recruits James B Matlock II, a virile associate professor of English at Carlyle, to work as an undercover agent.  Matlock finds that Carlyle is, indeed, a hub of drug-dealing, gambling, and prostitution.  Moreoever, he learns that some of Carlyle's more distinguished faculty members and administrators are leading figures in the criminal activities. ..."  Ludlum received a BA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and was a successful espionage and thriller writer.  (Kramer entry # 170, pp 135-136.)

Taylor, Edith.  The Serpent Under It.  New York:  Norton, 1973.  PS 3570 A9284 S8 1973.  "Set at 'Hoyt College' in Massachusett's Berkshire Mountanis, this intricate story centers on murderous behavior in the English department.  Professor Archibald and the department's secretary are the victims; numerous faculty members and graduate students are suspects; and Anne Redmond, the wife of the a young instructor, is the sleuth. ... Plagiarism is important to the plot, and the unique crucial clue is found deep in the English department's dusty files.  ..."  Taylor received a BA from Swarthmore in 1935 and did graduate work at Syracuse University, and ultimately taught creative writing at the Buffalo Seminary.  (Kramer entry #173, pp 137-138.)

Constantine, KC.  The Blank Page.  New York:  Dutton, 1974.  PS 3553 O524 B42 1974.  "'Rocksburg Junior College' is a small emporium of educational modernity in western Pennsylvania.  Only a few of its faculty members have doctorates; its president, J Hale Beverley, cares far more about his personal image than about his school's intellectual standards; and plagiarism and drug-taking are mainstays of undergradute life.  WhenJanet Pistula, a slow-witted Rocksburg stduent, is found strangled with her own brassiere in a shabby rooming house, the killing is investigated by Mario Balzi, the local chief of police ... [and[ probes deply into Rocksburg's academicall dismal milieu. ..."  KC Constantine is a psyuedonym for Carl Kosak, a former minor legaue baseball player.  (Kramer entry # 175, pp138-139.)

Parker, Robert B.  The Godwulf Manuscript.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1974.  PS 3566  A686 G63 1973.  Parker's main private investigator is Spenser.  "The novel follows Spenser ... as he investigatres the theft of a rare fourtheenth-century manuscript from one of Boston's less-prestigious universities. ..."  Parker received a BA from Colby College in Maine and a PhD from Boston Unvieristy; his doctoral dissertation was a study of Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler.  At the time this book was bpublihsed, Parker was an associate professor of English at Northeastern Unversity in Boston.    (Kramer entry # 177, pp 140-141.)

Davis, Mildred.  Tell Them What's-Her-Name Called.  New York:  Random House, 1975.  PS 3507 A3424 T37 1975.  "Three suspicious, fatal accidents occure in  he small town that houses 'Whitefield College', and exclusive institution in the north-eastern United States.  One of the victims is Ruth Wehrmann, the wife of a mild-manered Whitefield professor of English.  ...  The Wehrmann's daughter, Finely, takes it upon herself to investigate ... and the emphasis is on Whitefield's undergraduate culture. ..."  Davis lived in Bedford, NY, when this, the last of 11 novels, was published.  (Kramer entry #179, pp 141-142.)

Holland, Isabelle.  Grenelle.  New York:  Rawson and Associates, 1976.  PS 3558 O3485 G74.  "This had-I-but-known gothic mystery is set at 'Grenelle College', an Anglican-run institution in rural Virginia.  The heroine of the piece is Susan Grennelle, the granddaughter of the school's major benefactor and the daughter of its late but still-loved president.  Thirtyish and unmarried, Susan returns after eleven years in California to live alone in the large and eerie family homestead on the Grenelle campus.  Shortly thereafter, Samantha (the preteen daughter of Susan's recently deceased twin sister) also takes up residence in the house.  One of Samantha's playmates is murdered; Samantha is kidnapped; and some dastardly person or persons steals the school's most prized posessin, a splinter that at least some member of the Grenelle faculty believe came from Christ's cross.  Happily for Susan Grenelle, and old boyfriend named Mark Czernick is now the local chief of police.  Susan and Mark not only detect together; they rekindle their old romance. ..."  Holland was the daughter of a Foreign Service officer and was born in Switzerland; she lived abroad in numerous places and attended the University of Liverpool before graduating with a BA from Tulane University.  She was a publishing industry executive and subsequently became a successful writer of gothic and mystery novels, and of children's books.  (Kramer entry #185, p 146.)

Lovesay, Peter.  Swing, Swing Together.  New York:  Dood, Mead, & Co.  1976.  PR 6062 O86 S85 1976.  "  [an] extremely popular series of mysteries featuring Victorian-era detectives Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackery of Scotland Yard.  [This novel] takes Lovesay's intrepid pair of policemen to the 'Elfrida College for the Training of Female Elementary Teachers' and to Merton College, Oxford, ..."  Lovesay received a BA from the University of Reading and was a member of the faculty at Thurrock Technical College in Essex; his succcess at mystery writing allowed him to leave higher education for full-time mystery writing.  (Kramer entry# 186, pp 146-147.)

Dexter, Colin.  The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn.  New York:  St Martin's, 1977.  PR 6054 E94 S573 1979.  "Nicholas Quinn, a former teacher of English and history at a grammar schol in Yorkshire, joins the staff of the Foreign Examinations Suyndicate, an organziaton near Oxford that gives O- and A-level examinations to students from countries other than England.  A short time later, Quinn is found dead o fpoison in his bachelor aprtment. ... Several University of Oxford dons [deans] appear in the story, both as unpaid members of the syndicate's governing board and as members of the organization's various examining committees, and the book offers rich descriptions of Oxford street scenes."  Dexter recevied a BA and MA from Cambridge, and taught Latin and Greek at several British schools; his chief detective, Inspector Morse, is the subject of several BBC-TV shows. (Kramer entry #190, pp 149-150.)

Gifford, Thomas Eugene.  The Glendower Legacy.  New York:  Putnam, 1978. PS 3557 I284 G553.   "This inventive, if somehwat contrived, thriller centers on Colin Chandler, a forty-five-year-old professor of history at Harvard.  Thought to be in possession of documents proving that George Washington delivered Continental defense secrets to the British, even as the Continental Army starved at Valley Forge, Chandler is chased through Boston and its environs by agents of the Boston police, the KGB, and the CIA.  The interest in Chandler and in the papers that everyone believes are in his care is prompted in part by the murder of Bill Davis, a Harvard undergraduate, and in part by the desire of Maxim Petrov, the head of the KGB, to embarrass Arden Sanger, his CIA counter part. ..."  Gifford received an AB from Harvard and until he turned to writing full-time, he was college textbook salesman.  (Kramer entry #195, p 153.)

MacDougall, James K.  Death and the Maiden, Indianapolis:  Bobbs-Merrill, 1978.  PS 3503 A2198 D42.  "The protagonist of this somber novel is David Stuart, a James K MacDougall series-characater private detective.  Stuart is asked to find the kidnapped, five-year-old daughter of John Stanley, a member of the English department at an American state university.  A wealthy man, Stanley has acquired his bulging bank account not from academic work but by marrying a wealthy woman.  Stuart's initial efforts bear only bitter fruit.  Thanks to some apparent bungling on Stuart's part, John Stanley and his daughter are both killed.  But Stuart perseveres, and the singularly duplicitous villain in the story is eventually identified.  Several members of the state university community emerge as suspects before the book's final chapter.  Not under suspicion, but certainly a nefarious character, is Vincient Lightfoot, the university's dean of undergraduate studies. ..."  At the time this book was published, MacDougall was an associate English professor at Ball State Unviersity.  (Kramer entry #197, p155.) 

MacLeod, Charlotte. Rest You Merry, Garden City, NY: Doubleday &Co, 1978. PS 3563 A31865 R47. "[This] is a comic mystery set at 'Balaclava Agricultural College' in the rural Massachusetts town of 'Balaclava Junction'. The sleuth in Peter Shandy, a zany, bachelor professor of horticulture. The story has Shandy investigating the death of a faculty wife, whose body is found in his home, and the murder by poison of the college comptroller. For good measure, he looks into an act of arson that destroys the college's heating plant. The book's mystery element is well constructed, but the emphases in the tale are on absurd incidents and characterizations. ..." MacLeod was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and when this book was published she was vice president of a Boston advertising company. (Kramer entry # 198, pp 155-156.)

MacLeod, Charlotte. The Luck Runs Out. Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1979. PS 3562 A31865 L82.  "This tongue-in-cheek mystery is set at 'Balaclava Agricultural College' in rural Massachusetts, and it features the antic sleuthing of Professor of Horticulture Peter Shandy. Martha Fackley, a farrier who does work for the college, is murdered. Someone slashes her throat and dumps her body in a pig feeder in the college's animal husbandry barns. Worse yet, Belinda, Balaclava Agricultural College's prize 900-pound sow, is found to be missing. ... The book is loaded with college characters, all of whom display well-advanced cases of galloping eccentricity ..." (Kramer entry #201, pp158-159.)

Barnard, Robert.  Death in a Cold Climate.  London:  Collins,1980;  New York:  Scribner's, 1981.  PR 6052 A665 D4.  "The naked body of a man is found frozen in the snow outside of the Norwegian university city of Trumso [Tromso].  The man, whose skull has been shattered by a heavy insturment, turns out to have been Martain Forsyth, a British crewman from an oil exploration ship.  The detective who handles the case is Inspector Fagermo of the Trumso police.  During the course of his sleuthing, Fagermo has cause to view several members of the University of Trumso community as suspects. ..."At the time of novel's publicatin, Barnard was actually on staff as an English Professor at the University of Trumso.  Note:  The novel also mentions Mormon missionaries who are deposed to give evidence:  pp 58, 62, 67, 125-127, 155-159.  (Kramer entry #204, pp 160-161.)

Carkeet, David.  Double Negative.  New York:  Dial, 1980.  PS 3553 A 688 D68.  "At the 'Wabash Institute', a grant-supported research center in southern Indiana, the professional staff consists of six linguists who study the ways through which children acquire langauge.  One of the lingusits, aged Arthur Stiph, is found dead of a blow to his head, and another, Henry Philpot, is stangled to death and his body thrown into a nearby river.  Jeremy Cook, still another of the institute's linguists, becomes a suspect in both kilings, and he takes up sleuthing to clear his name. ..."  Carkeet has earned an AB from UC-Davis, and MA from University of Wisconsin and a PhD from Indiana University; at the time this book was published,  he was a member of the English Department at the University of Missouri-St Louis.  (Kramer entry # 205, pp 161-162.)

Fiske, Dorsey.  Academic Murder.  New York:  St Martin's, 1980.  PS 3556 I81463 A63 1986.  "Ernest Garmoyle, the distinguished head of the 'Prye Library' at the University of Cambridge's 'Sheepshank College', dies at the college's high table after drinking port dosed with arsenic.  The first police offiical on the scene is Inspector Bunce of the local constabulary, but the prominence of the victim soon brings Inspector Pocklington of Scotland Yard onto the scene.  Pocklington is a former Sheepshank student.  Also invovled in the sleuthing is John Fenchurch, a sixtyish Sheepshank lecturer in architecture who is one of Inspector Pocklington's former tutors.  As the several detectives try to identify Ernest Garmoyle's killer, a handwirtten copy of an early Shakespeare poem disappears from the Prye Library and a rapist dressed in academic robes terrorizes Cambridge and its environs.  Academic Murder is a throwback to the elegent British college mysteries written just before and after World War II. ..."  Fiske is an American, born in Hawaii, who graduated from Radcliffe College and attended Darwin College, Cambridge, in the early seventies.  (Kramer entry # 206, pp162-163.)

Keech, Scott.  Ciphered.  New York:  Harper and Row, 1980.  PS 3561 E333 C56.  "This elaboratgely plotted, on-campus mystery takes place at 'Thorpe University'a state-supported institution somewhere in the eastern part of the United States.  Ernest Feith and his wife are shot dead in their home.  Feith, a professor of biochemistry and director of the University Research Center, had many faculty enemies.  He was also a wealthy man, and his two adult children stand to gain large legacies from his death.  The detective in the case is Inspector Jeff Adams, a bachelor police office and a part-time student at the university.  Adams is ably assisted by Kate Shaw, a young and beautiful member of the Thorpe history department.  Complicating matters is the fact that Kate's father, Mark Shaw, is a professor of theater at Thorpe and himself a suspect. ..."  Keech wrote only this one mystery novel, and lived in Berkeley, California, when it was written.  (Kramer entry # 208, pp163-164.)

Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction, Part IV: 1981-2000

Lewin, Michael Z.  Missing Woman.  New York:  Knopf, 1981.  PS 3562 E929 M5 1981.  "Albert Samson, a cynical, down-on-his-luck Indianaoplis private detedctive, is hired by a lady identifying herself as Elizabeth Staedtler, a PhD in sociology.  Staedtler wants Samson to find Priscilla Pynne, an old friend and classmate from her undergraduate days at the University of Bridgeport.  Before Samson finishes the job, he encounters a murder and learns that a bogus PhD in sociology can provide perfect cover for nefarious activities. ..."  Lewin received an AB from Harvard in 1964 and a year at the University of Cambrdige as a graduate student.  (Kramer entry # 212, pp 166-167.)

Shaw, Howard.  Death of a Don.  New York:  Scribner's, 1981.  PR 6069 H375.  "[This] is a throwback to the droll Oxbridge mysteries of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.  Set at Oxford's 'Beaufort College', the book centers on the murders of two Beaufort fellows, David Ashe and Norman Duncan-Smith.  Ashe, a young, leftist activist, had many enemies in the college.  On the other hand, Duncan-Smith, a retired professor of music, was thoroughly innocuous, and no one can imagine who might possibly have wanted to kill him.  The case is investigated by Chief Detective Barnaby, a tall, gaunt gentleman, who learns that the motives behind Oxford crimes need not be immediately comprehensible to the nonacademic mind. ..."  A full-time writer, and previously a schoolmaster at King's College School, Cambridge, Shaw earned a BA and an MA from Queen's College, Oxford.  (Kramer entry #126, p 170.)

 Valin, Jonathan.  Dead Letter.  New Yor:  Dodd, Mead & Co., 1981.  PS 3571 A4125 D4.  "Daryl Lovingwell, a sour-middle-aged professor of physics at the University of Cincinatti, has a problem.  A top-secret nucelar power document has been stolen from a safe in his home, and Lovingwell suspects Sarah, his Marxist-radical daughter, is the culprit.  Lovingwell hires Harry Stoner ... to investigate, but shortly thereafter the professor is murdered.  Not a man to walk away from a case, even when his employer is dead, Stoner contiues his sleuthing. ..."  Valin received an MA from the University of Chicago and did further graduate work at Washington University in St Louis, where he was a lecturer.  (Kramer entry #218, pp 171-172).

Clemeau, Carol.  The Ariadne Clue. New York:  Scribner's, 1982  PS 3553 L392 A89 1982.  "This novel is set at an urban university in the eastern United States.  The university mueusm is about to hold an exhibition of Aegean gold, but some of the choicer pieces are found missing.  Also absent without a trace is Ariadne Pappas, a graduate student who often did after-hours research in the museum.  Detective Lieutenant Steve Caracci puts two and two together and begins a hunt for Miss Pappas.  Antonia Nielson, an associate professor of classics, cannot believe that one of her graudate students could be a thief, and she sets out to prove that Caracci's calculations are incorrect.  ..."   Clemeau's real name is Carol Clemeau Esler and received a PhD from Bryn Mawr; she was an assistant professor of classics at William and Mary when this, her first novel, was published. (Kramer entry #219, p 172.)

Heald, Tim.  A Small Masterpiece.  New York:  Doubleday, 1982 (Published in England as Masterstroke, London:  Hutchinson, 1982).  PR 6058 E167 S6 1982.  "The sleuth in this very droll Oxford whodunit is Simon Bognor, a special investigator with the British Board of Trade  London.  ... He attends a gaudy [?] at 'Aprocrypha College', where he once was a stduent, and he is thus on the scene when Apocrypha's master, old Lord Beckenham of Penge, dies after being poisoined at dinner.  Bognor stays in Oxford to find Lord Bekenham's killer.  ..."  Heald is a professional mystery writer, with a BA in modern history from Balliol College, Oxford.  (Kramer entry #223, pp 175-176.)

McCormick, Claire.  Resume for Murder.  New York:  Walker, 1982.  PS 3563 C3445 R4 1982.  "Peter Simon is the director of placement at 'Witherspoon College', a small Protestant fundementalist school in 'New Arcady', Pennsylvania.  Simon is also a serial philanderer, and one day someone kills him in his office.  The villan crushes Simon's skull and then pulls his pants down and castrates him.  The finder  of the bloody body is John Waltz, a Pittsburgh businessman who is at the college to recruit Witherspoon graduates for his company.  The local police order Waltz to stay in town so they can continue to question him and he uses his time in New Arcady to identify Simon's killer. ..."   McCormick's real name is Marta Haake Labus and she competed a PhD from the Univeristy of Illinois in 1971.  She was an assistant professor of English at Westminster College in Pennsylvania until 1978; this was her first novel.   (Kramer entry # 224, p 176.) 

Taylor Andrew.  Caroline Miniscule.  London:  Gollancz, 1982; New York:  Dodd, Mead & Co, 1983.  PR 6070 A79 C3 1983.  "The protanganist of this unconventional mystery is William Dougal, a graduate student in history at a university in London.  The university is located near Russell Square.  As the story begins, Dougal enters the office of Dr Gumper, his tutor, only to find him garrotted dead.  Rather than ruin his evening by having to answer questions, Dougal leaves the scene without notifying the police, and outside the building he is approached by a stranger who identifies himself as James Hanbury.  Dr Gumper, so Hanbury tells Dougal, was a being paid by Hanbury's  unnamed employer to translate a passage of medieval script known as the 'Caroline Miniscule', and now that Gumper is unable to continue his assignment inquires whether Dougal would be interested in taking up the task.  The script, as Dougal quickly learns, may reveal the location of a cache of diamonds.  From that point in the story Dougal, along with his girlfriend, Amanda, set out to find the jewels, and he must outsmart, and sometimes eliminate, several nasty parties as he proceeds in his quest. ..."  Taylor was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and after being a librarian, became a full-time writer--this was his first mystery.  The Caroline Miniscule was serialized on BBC Radio.  (Kramer entry # 227, pp 178-179.)

Fox, Peter.  The Trail of the Reaper.  New York:  St Martin's, 1983 (Published in England as Kenisngton Gore, London:  MacMillan, 1983.)  PR 6056 O865 T7 1983.  "A killer known to police as 'The Reaper' is stalking and murdering celebrities in London.  Clearly a person of superior intelligence, The Reaper never uses the same method of murder twice, and he or she taunts the police by sending them obscure, crossword puzzle clues.  Detective Inspector Jack Lamarre of New Scotland Yard is in charge of the case, and he is assisted by  attractive Detective Sergeant Allison Prendergrast.  [This book] is structured so that two stories run simultaneously.  Some of the book follows Lamarre and Prendergrast as they detect, and some of it describes the mundane academic activities of a set of physicists, mathematicians, and computer scientists at London University's Imperial  College.  Of course, by the end of the of tale the two stories come together and the identity of The Reaper is revealed. ..."  Fox earned a PhD in mathematical physics, and this was his third mystery novel.  (Kramer entry # 229, pp 180-181.)

Harris, Will. The Bay Psalm Book Murder.  New York:  Walker, 1983.  PS 3558 A673 B3 1983.  "Link Schofield, curator of special collections at the library of 'Los Angeles University', is stabbed dead in his garage.  A few dollars have been removed from his wallet, but a copy of The Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in the American colonies, is still clutched in his hand. The police believe that Schofield was the victim of a common mugging, but Pearl Humphrey, Schofield's daughter, asks Clifford Dunbar to investigate.  A professor of English at Los Angeles University ... he is a wealthy man from textbook writing.  In preparation for starting a new life, Dunbar has just resigned his post at the university, though he still has a few weeks left on school's payroll as he detects in this novel. ..."  Harris was a researcher for the RAND Corporation think tank in California when this novel was published.  (Kramer entry #230, p 181.)

 MacLeod, Charlotte.  Something the Cat Dragged In.  Garden City, NY:  Doubleday, 1983.  PS 3563 A31865 S6 1983b.  "The cat in the title of this merry mystery is Edmund, who lives in the 'Balaclava', Masschusetts, home of Mrs Betsy Lomax.  The 'something' is the toupee of Professor Herbert Ungley, a lodger in Mrs Lomax's home.  Ungely, who is retired after a long career teaching history at 'Balaclava Agricultural College' is not dragged into Mrs Loma'x kitchen along with his hairpiece, and his corpse is soon found bloody and beteen, behind the clubhouse of a fraternal organziation know as the Balaclavian Society.  The sleuth in this story is ...  Professor of Horticulture Peter Shandy ..."  (Kramer entry #233, pp 183-184.)

Harris, Charlaine.  A Secret Rage.  Boston:  Houghton Mifflin, 1984.  H 24 SE SAMPLER.  "The narrator of this grim novel about campus rape is Nickie Callaghan, a twenty-seven-year-old woman who gives up a modeling career in New York to finish her undergraduate education at 'Houghton College' in 'Knolls', Tennessee.  Shortly after she arrives at Houghton, Callaghan become the third victim of a knife-wielding rapist who is terrorizing women at the college.  The man's identity is unknown because he never lets his victims see his face.  Soon another woman is stabbed dead, presumably by the same person.  In concert with Barbara Tucker, a Houghton admissions counselor who was the rapist's second vicitm, Callaghan draws up a list of nine campus men who might be the perpetrator, and she begins to gather information about each of her suspects.  The list includes several professors and adminstrators, among them Jeffrey Simmons, Houghton's youngish president.  A Secret Rage has little of the humor often assoicated with college mysteries, but it is unequaled in the subgenre of reflecting anguish and anger felt by women who have subjected to sexual assualt. ... "  Harris, a Mississippi native, received a BA from Southwestern University in Memphis.  (Kramer entry #240, pp 189-190.)

 Jordan, Cathleen.  A Carol in the Dark.  New York:  Walker, 1984.  PS 3560 O68 C3 1984.  "This several-stranded mystery is set during the Christmas season at 'Crosscreek University' in 'Crosscreek', South Dakota.  The frozen corpse of Tom Donahue, a junior memeber of the English department, is found late one night in a field outside town.  His car, with an empty gas tank, is discovered three miles away.  The police assume that Donahue ran out of fuel and then foolishly tried to walk to safety in a windchill of seventy-five degrees below zero.  ... Will Gray finds himself following mutliple leads, some of them having to do with the popular Tom Donahue's love life, and some of them having to do with the lost fortune of elderly Maisie Moffat, a Crosscreek resident and major univeristy benefactor.  ... "  Jordan was an editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine when this novel was published.  (Kramer entry # 242, p 191.)

Kelly, Nora.  In the Shadow of King's.  New York:  St Martins, 1984.  PS 3561 E3947 I5.  "Gillian Adams returns to the University of Cambridge to give a guest lecture.  Adams, who earned a doctorate in history at Cambridge, is now professor at the 'Univeristy of the Pacific Northwest' in Vancouver.  ... As the audience applaudes at the end of her presentation, someone shoots Professor Greenwood [Cambridge's most celebrated historian].  He topples out of his chair, bleeds profusely from a chest wound, and dies as Adams deperately tried to keep him alive with artificial respiration  Unfortunately for Greenwood's killer, Chief Inspector Edward Gisborne of Scotland Yard has come from London to attend the lecture.  Inspector Gisborne is Professor Adams' significant other.  As the story unwinds, Gisborne conducts an official inquiry and Adams assists in unofficial ways until the murderer is brought to justice. ..."  Kelly's real name is Nora Hickson, and she has a BA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in history from Simon Fraser University.  She also wrote three other Professor Adams novels.  (Kramer entry # 243, p 192.)

Langton, Jane.  Emily Dickinson is Dead.  New York:  St Martins 1984.  PS 3562 A515 E4 1984.  "The University of Massachusetts and Amerst College jointly sponsor a symposium on Emily Dickinson.  The Conference is to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the poet's death in 1886.  The meeting does not go smoothly. ... The sleuth in the story is [] Homer Kelly , a former police detective who is now a distinguished Thoreau scholar ..."  (Kramer entry # 244, pp 192-193.)

Fraser, Antonia.  Oxford Blood.  New York:  Norton, 1985.  PR 6056 R2863 O9 1985b.  "Megalith Television in London plans a documetnary on Britain's 'Golden Lads and Girls'--Oxford undergraduates who are the sons and daughters of the ultrawealthy.  Jemima Shore, Megalith's ace reporter, is assigned to the project but because she has little sympathy for the overprivileged she is initially unenthusiastic about her assignment.  Shore's interest grows, however, when she learns that the lineage of one superich Oxford student, the loutish Viscount Ivo Charles Iverstone Saffron, may not be what he thinks it is, and when Ian Marcus, another Oxford undergraduate, dies after mysteriously falling down a steep staircase in 'Rochester College'.  Then, when someone makes an attempt on Viscount Saffron's life, Shore becomes convinced that some good journlaistic sleauthing may yield her a television program capable of getting very high ratings. ... "  Fraser earned a BA and an MA in history from Oxford.  (Kramer entry # 250, p 198.)

Jevons, Marshall.  The Fatal Equilibrium.  Cambridge, Mass:  MIT Press, 1985.  PS 3560 E88 F3 1985.  "It is time once again for the dreaded eight-person Promotions and Tenure Committee at Harvard to decide which junior faculty member gets tenure and which do not.  This year, Dennis Gossen, an assistant professor of economics is turned down.  Shortly after receiving that dismal news Gossen apparently commits suicide.  He is found dead of carbon monoxide posioning in his closed automobile.  Over the next few days, mathemtician Morrison Bell and classicist Foster Barrett, two members of the committee, are brutally murdered in thier homes.  Melissa Shannon, a Boston Univeristy graduate student and Gossen's fiancee, is arrested for the pair of murders, tried, and sentenced to life in prison.  Case closed?  Not as far as Harvard economist Henry Spearman is concerned. ..."  "Marshall Jevons" is the joint pseudonym of William Briet and Kenneth G Elzinga; at the time this novel was published, Briet was an econmics professor at Trinity Univerisy in San Anotnio and Elzinga was an economics professor at the Univeristy of Virginia.  As Kramer notes, "Many of Spearman's seemingly grautious explantions of econmic phenomena are, in reality, relatively painless lessons in the 'dismal science' for undergraudates, and all of the Spearman mysteries have been used as classroom reading in economcs courses."  (Kramer entry # 255, pp 202-203.)

Cross, Amada.  No Word From Winifred.  New York:  Dutton, 1986.  PS 3558 E4526 N6 1986.  "The Winnifred in the title of this novel is Winnifred Ashby, referred to in the text as the 'honorary neice' of the late Charlotte Stanton, a popular Brirish novelist and principal of an Oxford college.  Miss Ashby disappears just after promising to  cooperate with Charolotte Lucas, a young woman who wants to write the eminent Ms Stanton's biography.  Lucas asks Kate Fansler ... to find Ashby, and after some initial reluctance Fansler accepts the challenge.  Unlike many novels in the Fansler series, [this book] does not center on academic infighting.  Nonethelss, it contains enough characters from academe and more than enough scenes at academic locales to qualify for this bibliography. ..."  Cross' real name is Carolyn Gold Heilbrun.  (Kramer entry # 264, p 210.)

Hess, Joan.  Strangled Prose.  New York:  St Martin's, 1986.  PS 3558 E79 S8 1986.  "The narrator of this light mystery is Claire Malloy, the widowed owner of a bookshop in the American town of 'Farberville'.  Carlton Malloy, Claire's deceased husband, was professor English at 'Farber College'.  Mildred Twiller, the wife of another Farber College professor of English, publishes a steamy novel titled Professor of Passion.  With only modest attempts to alter the idenities of the participants, the novel features real incidents, mostly of a sexual nature and all of them embarrassing, that involved acatual members of the Farber English department.  In fact, one of the characters in the book is a thinly veiled version of Claire Malloy's late spouse.  To the surprise of few, the suddenly unpopular Mrs Twiller is soon strangled dead in her home, and several days later her husband Douglas meets the same fate.  Malloy takes up detection when Lieutenant Peter Rosen of the Farberville police puts her high on his list of suspects.  ..."  Hess has a BA from the University of Arkansas and an MA from Long Island University, and aftre bing a real estate agent and an art teacher, became a full-time writer in 1984.  (Kramer entry # 268, p 213.)

 Knight, Kathryn.  Trace Elements.  New York:  Norton, 1986.  PS 3561 N485 T7 1986b.  "Tom Jacobs, a Harvard physicist, develops a device ("The Time Slicer") for obtaining geolgoical dating information extrapolated from magnetic variations in rocks.  To perfect the instrument he travels to a Harvard archaeological dig being conducted in the Nevada desert.  There he meets his death when bitten by a rattlesnake.  A snakebit kit, which might have saved his life, had been rendered in operative.  Jacobs leaves a widow, Calista, and a ten-year-old son, Charley.   ...  When Peter Gardiner, a Harvard arachaeoogist, dies of yet another rattlensake bit at the same Nevada site, Calista and Charley suspect that a murder is on the loose, and they become a mother-son detective team. ..."  Knight, an Indiana native, received a BA from the University of Michigan in 1966.  (Kramer entry #270, pp 214-215.)

Beck, KK.  The Body in the Volvo.  New York:  Walker, 1987.  PS 3553 E248 B6 1987.  "Charles Carstairs, a junior faculty member at the University of Washington, is told by Professor Roland Bateman, his department chairperson, that he will not be given tenure.  As Carstairs is digesting this unpleasant information, good fortune seems to strike.  His uncle, Cosmo Sweeny, wins the lottery, gives Carstairs his automobile repair shop, and immediately leaves for an extended period of debauchery in Las Vegas.  Carstairs prepares to give up academe and begin a new career in the auto-repair game when disaster hits again.  A Volvo with a broken windshield is brought into his just-acquired business, and when the trunk is opened the battered corpse of Professor Bateman is found inside.  The official detection in the story is handled by Detectives McNab and Lukowski of the Seattle Police, but Charles Carstairs, the detectives' prime supsect, engages in sleuthing of his own in order to avoid being charged with Bateman's murder. ..."  KK Beck is the psuedonym for Katherin Marris attended San Francisco State University, and was a business and magazine editor before turing to full-time mystery writing.  (Kramer entry #276, pp 219-220.)

Healy, Jeremiah.  So Like Sleep.  New York:  Harper and Row, 1987.  PS 3558 E2347 S6 1987.  "Jennifer Creasy, a white undergraduate at 'Goreham College' in Massachusetts, is shot dead in the basement of a building in which a psychotherapist rents consulting space.  Almost immediately thereafter William Daniels, a black Goreham student whom Jennifer had been dating, bursts into a group therapy session upstairs in the doctor's office and confesses to the crime.  Moreover, as William admits the killing he displays what laboratory examination later shows to be the murder weapon.  All of the above would seem to suggest an open-and-shut case, but Lieutenant Robert Murphy, a black Boston police officer, is not so sure, and because he lacks authority in the suburban town in which the shooting took place, he asks private investigator John Francis Cuddy to look into the matter ..."  Healy has a BA from Rutgers and a JD from Harvard, and is a law professor at the New England School of Law in Boston.  (Kramer entry # 281, pp 223-224.)

Goldsborough, Robert.  The Bloodied Ivy.  New York:  Bantam, 1988.  PS 3557 O3849 B56 1988b.  "'The Bloodied Ivy' is a Nero Wolfe pastiche. ... [It] is set in the 1980s and it depicts Wolfe, along with his energetic assistant Archie Goodwin, solving the mystery of a murder at an institution of higher education.  The school in question is "Prescott University", a high-prestige institution on the Hudson River seventy-five miles north of New York City.  The victim is Hale Markham, a politically conservative professor of political science [who] falls to his death in a ravine in a remote area of the Prescott campus.  Wolfe is asked by Walter Cortland, one of Markham's faculty colleagues, to investigate ... and present[s] Wolfe with a list of Markham's campus enemies [including] several left-wing political science professors.  It also includes Keith Potter, Prescott's president, who feared that Markham's conservatism was preventing Prescott from receiving gifts from liberal donors ... Wolfe identifies Markham's killer and [] reveals that his death was the result of persistent professorial activity that, almost since the inception of college-mystery fiction, has motivated many aggrieved parties to murder many members of college and university faculties."  Goldsborough was born in Chicago, received BA and MA degrees from Northwestern Unvieristy; at the time of this novel's publication was executive editor of Advertising Age magazine.  (Kramer entry #294, pp 234-235.)

Lupica, Mike.  Extra Credits.  New York:  Villard, 1988.  PS 3562 U58 E9 1988b.  "The protangaonist of this sprightly mystery is Peter Finely, a wise-cracking New York City television personality [who] stars in a highly rated show devoted to sensationalistic investigative journalism.  He decides to do a program on the bizarre public suicide of Julie Samson, an undergraduate at 'Washington Square University' in Greenwich Village ... As Finley begins work on his story, Miss Samson's former roomamateSara Hildreth, is found murdered in Queen's ... Finley does much of his sleuthing on  the Washington Square campus, and turns his attention to several students and faculty. ... Readers of this tale receive little direct information about the classroom environment at Washington Square, but they are left with the definite impression that the school is an effective training ground for entrepreneurs.  The 'Extra Credits' in the book's title refers to a student-run escourt service, and not to be outdone by thier pupils, some of school's faculty members augment their own incomes by selling grades."  Lupica is an alum of Boston College and is a broadcast sports journailst and sports coumnist with the New York Daily News.  This is the second Peter Finley mystery, [the character loosely based on the 20th century tv journalist Geraldo Rivera].  (Kramer entry #298, p 238.)

Sucher, Dorothy.  Dead Men Don't Give Seminars.  New York:  St Martin's, 1988.  PS 3569 U24 D4 1988.  "This novel is narrated by Victor  Newman, a young private investigator employed by Sabrina Swift, the wife of Bruno Swift, a physicist who is invited to attend a month-long physics conferance at the 'Champlain Valley Physics Institute' in Vermont.  Sabrina and Victor Newman tag along to sample the New England air.  As the conference is convening, Herve Moore-Gann, a Noble Prize winner and MIT professor, dies after being poisioned.  Saul Sachs, a Yale professor and the holder of yet another Nobel Prize is the chief suspect because he and Moore-Gann had been conducting a twenty-year feud.  Other suspects include Theresa Moore-Gann, the victim's long-suffering wife, and Magda, his beautiful and brilliant graduate assistant.  The detection is shared by Victor, Sabrina, and Captain Wayne Eaken of the local police, and they find so many of the conference attendees have reason to mruder each other that it takes narrator Newman twenty pages at the end of the story to reveal who killed whom and why. ..."  A native New Yorker, Sucher, a psychotherapist,  has a BA from Brooklyn College and an MMH from Johns Hopkins.  (Kramer entry #303, pp 242-243.)

Cross, Amanda.  A Trap for Fools.  New York:  Dutton, 1989.  PS 3558 E4526 T74 1989.  "Canfield Adams, a universally unpopular history professor, dies after falling seven stories from  his open office window.  Perhaps his death was a suicide, but becasue so many people had motives to kill him, the police suspect murder.  So, too, do several members of the administration at the large, urban university in New York City where Adams was employed.  The sleuth in the story is Kate Fansler, a professor of English at the unviersity. ..."  Ms Cross, whose real name is Carolyn Gold Heilbrun, has a BA from Wellsley, an MA and PhD from Columbia; in 1960, she became the first woman to be entured in Columbia's English department.  (Kramer entry #308, pp 246-247.)


Colleges, Universities or Professors in Murder Mystery Fiction, 2001-present, available at BYU

Guides to Writing Your Own Mystery

Guides to writing your own murder mystery (arranged chronologically by publication date):

Chase, Elain Raco and Anne Wingate.  Amateur Detectives:  A Writer's Guide to How Private Citizens Solve Criminal Cases.   Cinicannati:  Writer's Digest Presss, 1996.   Part of the "Howdunnit Series".  From the rear cover:  "Your character's no cop.  But then came the crime.  Police missed clues.  Soneone had to act.  Before you could say 'Don't move!' your protangonist began nosing around.  Readers loe it.  They identify with your sleuth and race you to the solution.  Let Amateru Detectives jhelp yo write an exciting chase. ..."  Ms Chase is the author of Dangerous Places and 14 other novels and lives in Fairfax, Virginia.  Ms Wingate has a PhD and has worked in law enforcment as a certified fingerprint expert.  She teaches at the University of Utah Law School and lives in Salt Lake.  Call number:  PN 3377.5 D4 C55 1996.

Ephron, Hallie.  Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel:  How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style, Cincinnati:  Writer's Digetst Books, 2005.  248 pp.    From the back cover:  "With the help of interactive excercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron [sister of the late movie screen writer and director ("You've Got Mail") Norah Ephron] gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. ... 'The best how-to guide I have ever seen--I just wish I could have read it ten years ago'--Lee Child [author of the Jack Reacher sereis]."  Ms Ephron is co-author of the Dr Peter Zak mystery series by GH Ephron.  She reviews crime fiction in a monthly column for The Boston Globe.  Past president of the New Engalnd chapter of Sisters in Crime and amember of the Mystery Writers of American, Ms Ephron chaird the 2003 judging committee for the Edgar award for the best short story.    She lives in eastern Massachusetts near Boston. Obtain through InterLibrary Loan (ILL).