Detective and Crime Fiction

This course aims to be an enjoyable exploration of detective and crime fiction from the early days of real crime tales and the introduction of the detective novel to modern crime in the 21st century.  


Please address any enquiries about the courses to:

Department of English Part-time Courses
School of Humanities
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

The Scene of the Crime: Spring 2023

When Wednesday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm

8 February to 5 April 2023 (no class 15 February)


University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB

Course tutors

Pam Lock, Tim Gao, Jo Parsons, Jess Farr-Cox and special guest playwright Dan Rebellato


This 8-week course explores detective and crime fiction with a focus on 'the scene of the crime'. From the US to Ireland, Paris to London, our team of lecturers’ expertise spans from nineteenth century to golden age and hard-boiled fiction to modern crime. They will take you on an exploration of place and space to consider how and why the 'where' is important in these fictions. 

Course outline

Please note the below outline is subject to change

Week 1, Ireland: The Secret Place, Tana French
Week 2, Los Angeles: The Little Sister, Raymond Chandler
Week 3, New Orleans: City of the Dead, Sarah Grand
Week 4, London: The Biter Bit, Wilkie Collins
Week 5, London: Illustrated Police News
Week 6: Guest session with playwright Dan Rebellato
Week 7, Oxford: Death at the President's Lodging, Michael Innes
Week 8: Paris: Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Thief, Maurice le Blanc

Course fee


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Previous qualifications/experience No qualifications needed. Open to the public.
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