Thursday, April 04, 2013
The American Popular Culture Association Meetings in D.C.
The first panel I attended was a mystery sampler. Three papers were presented. One was on a female detective (Judith Lee) who knew how to lip read and do jui jitsu early in the last century. All of her stories appeared in the Strand Magazine. Apparently women were empowered by jui jitsu classes in the early days of feminism.
But the most interesting paper was on how mystery writers kill off their detectives. The author of the paper looked at Poirot, Wallander, Holmes and Harry Hole. Wallander's decline seemed like the most brutal and definite. And he had very harsh words about Poirot's death in CURTAIN. The papers are only fifteen minutes though so you often don't get a full picture.
Who did the best job at killing off their detective?