History of The Mystery, from Poe to Present

The History of Mystery traces the progress of mysteries through the decades beginning with Edgar Allan Poe. Poe created the first detective story along with several other “firsts” for the genre. His writings inspired Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle who added techniques for developing a good mystery. Christie wrote during the Golden Age of Mysteries and belonged to the Detection Club which created specific rules for writing a mystery. These rules are still followed by today’s writers.

Britain may have had the Detection Club but America had the hard-boiled detective which was an integral part of the Pulp fiction era and influenced Film Noir. And let’s not forget today’s popular thrillers and their beginnings. In addition to examining the history of mystery, we’ll look at the influence Maryland had on the genre, both then and now.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Millie Mack writes the Faraday Murder Series featuring amateur sleuths Carrie and Charles Faraday. She also just completed her first culinary mystery for her new Irish Bistro Murder Series.

In addition to her books, Millie writes a blog all about mysteries at https://www.milliemack.com. The blog features mystery authors, detectives, and techniques. To challenge the reader’s mystery knowledge, there is an assortment of mystery puzzles.

Millie lives in the Baltimore area where she is working on the next book for her mystery series.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.