No one told me Dickens wrote murder mysteries

May 10, 2011

I was in the library today.  Returning book and getting new ones.  Because that’s what I do.  Reading is, after all, fundamental.

For some reason I decided that even though I’m not overly fond of the Inspector Morse series (I much prefer Inspector Lewis) but I thought I should try to read one of the original novels.  Fortuitously I found a collection of short stories from the other that included some Morse stories.  And while I was looking at it and other possible books from Colin Dexter I noticed another book on the shelf.

I’m sorry…. Charles Dickens wrote detective stories?  Seriously?  I didn’t know that.  But it sound fascinating.  According to the back of the book he used to follow the early police force of London around, and go to murder trials, and public executions.

Renee didn’t know about this and she’s a big fan of Dickens.  But I was not really surprisingly when I ask my mom if she knew about it she said “oh, yes… I’ve read those.  But he’s just so depressing.  There’s a reason they call them Penny Dreadfuls.”

She may have a point but I can’t wait to find out for myself.



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