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What classic mystery novels and stories led to "the butler did it" becoming a cliché?

TL;DR: The criminal butler was not a cliché of detective stories, but of silent films! Below I’ve listed ten silent films with criminal butlers, and another six where an apparently guilty butler is a ...
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Kids book from the 90's: Illustrated “solve the mystery” book I can't remember the name of

This question may be too broad ... there are a lot of illustrated "solve the mystery" books for kids, and neither planes nor mansions are particularly uncommon settings. However, one very possible ...
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When did detective fiction become primarily about murder?

Orwell's assessment agrees with that of Howard Haycraft, who in Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story (1941) coined the term "Golden Age of Detective Fiction" for ...
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Looking for a mystery novel series whose protagonists are two old retired women

Thanks to a friend, I found my book! It's the series of The Bodin sisters, Blanche and Berthe Bodin, written by Jean-Pierre Ferrière from 1957 to 1961. I don't think it has been translated to English, ...
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What young adult series involved a club of boys who bought a submarine?

The Mad Scientists' Club series by Bertrand R. Brinley The Mad Scientists' Club: A strange sea monster suddenly appears on Strawberry Lake, a fortune is unearthed from an old cannon and a ...
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German mystery novel(s) where stereotypically-German "Johann" works for an intelligence agency with two assistants

This seems like the one. Except it doesn’t seem to be a pseudonym, as there is a biography and photo of the author available. The ‘Allmen’ crime series by Swiss author Martin Suter focuses on the ...
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What classic mystery novels and stories led to "the butler did it" becoming a cliché?

Here’s my attempt at more skeptical assessment. I’ll rely mostly on some practical considerations. What experts say Experts don’t know exactly how it happened. Professor B.J. Rahn in The Oxford ...
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Crime drama/mystery where a woman suffers a car crash, and searches for a child who doesn't exist

Crash & Burn (2015), third book of the Tessa Leoni series by Lisa Gardner. From Goodreads: My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive ...
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Looking for a mystery novel series whose protagonists are two old retired women

It could be Simon Brett's Feathering series. What matches: Two retired ladies solving mysteries. Jude is extroverted, Carole is much calmer. stumble on their first case by accident. series started ...
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Mystery short story where the owner of a dog is accidentally murdered via strychnine

"Puzzle for Poppy" by Patrick Quentin Looking up "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" led me to the ISFDB page, which listed two Hitchcock anthologies that included the story, Alfred ...
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Book where the brutal slaying of an old woman turns out to be the result of a counterfeit quilt scheme

I started looking back on books that I'd read in the time period, and remembered that I'd been reading a lot of John Sandford books, in particular his Lucas Davenport mysteries (I think I got one of ...
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What classic mystery novels and stories led to "the butler did it" becoming a cliché?

This is an example from real life, not fiction, but it predates the fictional examples of the other answers. In 1900, William Marsh Rice, a wealthy New York businessman who made his fortune off the ...
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Novel about a man trying to solve the long ago disappearance of his younger brother

Ah, and paging through my borrowed books, I apparently read it in November of 2022, a few dozen books ago. Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell. In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage ...
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Why did homophobia become a feature of detective fiction in the mid-20th century?

Interesting question. Regarding your observation about the greater prevalence of concerns with homophobia in detective fiction vs other fiction genres, that seems like a bit of a stretch conclusion......
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