The oldest scholarly journal on mystery, detective, and crime fiction

Published biannually by McFarland & Co., the peer-reviewed Clues: A Journal of Detection features academic articles on all aspects of mystery and detective material in print, television, and film without limit to period or country covered. It also reviews nonfiction mystery works (biographies, reference works, and the like) and materials applicable to classroom use (such as films). The first issue of Clues was published in 1980, with the late Pat Browne as editor. The journal is now in its 37th volume year, with Janice M. Allan as executive editor and Elizabeth Foxwell as managing editor.


[4.23.2019] Clues 37.1: Canadian crime fiction, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Shelley, Trauma, Dementia, and more

[4.1.2019] "CFP--Genre Bending: Crime's Hybrid Forms" (deadline Oct. 1, 2019)

[10.30.2018] Clues accepted for inclusion in the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH Plus)

[8.27.2018] Clues 36.2: Atkinson, Conan Doyle, Chandler, Hammett, Macdonald, and a noir graphic novel

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[6.7.2018] "CFP--Interwar Mysteries: The Golden Age and Beyond" (deadline Oct 12, 2018)

[3.19.2018] Clues 36.1: Christie, Conan Doyle, Green, Hammett, Silva, and more

[10.9.2017] Clues 35.2: Bentley, Charteris, Christie, Hammett, Melville, et al.

[5.16.2017] Clues 35.1: Conan Doyle, French, Mitchell, Oates, et al.

[8.29.2016] Clues 34.2: Webb, Woollcott, and actuarial detection

[4.11.2016] Clues 34.1: "Reappropriating Agatha Christie"

[11.23.2015] Former Clues exec editor Kinsman to receive MWA Raven Award

[09.17.2015] Clues 33.2: "Re-Evaluating Patricia Highsmith"

[05.27.2015] Review dime novels for Northern Illinois University

[10.05.2014] Links to mystery course syllabi

Cover of Clues 36.1 (2018) w/author-director Satayjit Ray

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