Detective and Crime Fiction

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this course has been postponed until further notice. You can register your interest here for news and updates on this course.

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
11 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

Tel: 0117 928 8924

 Bodies in the Library

When Wednesday evenings, 6 pm to 8 pm

(8 meetings) 


University Arts Complex, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB

Tutor Dr Stephen Derry, Dr Sue Edney, Dr Sian Harris, and Dr Pam Lock

A new 8 week course exploring detective and crime fictions from its beginnings in the nineteenth century with real crime stories and sensation novels to golden age and hard boiled fiction to modern crime fictions. 

Four university tutors with a passion for detective and crime fiction will guide you through the history of this popular and enthralling genre, encouraging lively discussions on a new novel each week. Deerstalkers optional. 

Course fee


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