Can someone give me suggestions of mystery novels that have a lot of info about it on the web and are easy to write good assingments on.Grade 10 ISU on a mystery novel.
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Though it may be a bit of a stretch in terms of reading level, Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) employs many elements of the mystery novel and offers a wealth of online resources. Plus, after finishing this book your students can say they have read one of the most vaunted works of literature.
The Grifters Jim Thompson) is another possible choice.
There is not a world of materials out there, but this is a nice read and it exists in between "literature" and genre fiction.
I'm not entirely sure if The Maltese Falcon (by Dashiell Hammett) counts as a "mystery novel." It is certainly a detective novel -- perhaps one of the best and most influential ever written. I would highly recommend it to anyone at any age. It is very well written, and much has in turn been written about it. You should be able to find many discussions of this book online and in your school library.
I would suggest Arthur Conan Doyle as a first choice, but also Wilkie Collins and the short stories of Ambrose Bierce. Nineteenth century mystery writers have a fair amount of background (try googling the term...)
Lawrence Block or Donald E. Westlake are modern legends in the Mystery field. Each has an enormous body of work, they both write in many, many different genres (thriller, humor, hard-boiled), and many of their books have won awards. There is a lot of information about them online, and their books are not often considered for essays or assigned reading, so you would be preparing a unique study instead of treading old ground.
I also would stick with a legend like Christie, or obviously Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. There are very useful study guides for several of the novels by both authors on this site. Not only are they easier to find information about, they are the two authors who really defined the genre.
If you go with a classic mystery writer like Agatha Christie you are very likely to find more resources on the web than if you work with a more modern writer. Christie is considered a legend in the genre and there are many critical commentaries on her work that can be found in reputable web sites, whereas current mystery novels may only have a brief plot summary and a few discussion questions available.
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