May I suggest murder? An overview of crime fiction for readers’ advisory services staff

  title={May I suggest murder? An overview of crime fiction for readers’ advisory services staff},
  author={Rachel Franks},
  journal={The Australian Library Journal},
  pages={133 - 143}
  • R. Franks
  • Published 1 May 2011
  • Art
  • The Australian Library Journal
Crime fiction first started to gain widespread popularity in the 18th century, a popularity which dramatically increased in the 19th century. Today, almost one in every three new books published in English falls into the crime fiction category. Since the early days of crime fiction the genre has evolved into an incredibly diverse area of fiction, making it one of Australia’s, and the world’s, most popular. There is, literally, a dead body to suit every reader’s taste. Such scale and scope of… 
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