(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Joyce Porter’s ten Inspector Dover novels, four Eddie Brown novels, and five Morrison-Burke novels lampoon the genres of police procedural, international thriller, and private investigator. Although the books generally follow the rules of each genre, the main character in each series is a spoof of the usual hero. Porter delighted in ridiculing pompous human behavior, and she excelled at poking fun at various elements in society as well as at august public institutions. Porter’s novels utilize straightforward crime/spy stories as their backdrop, but her humorous jabs at officiousness provide the reader with an alternative to the standard offerings of the genres.