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The Morse franchise looks like it will end on British TV  this November with the last series of ‘Endeavour’.

Planning a book to mark this seminal moment in British TV.

Do you have in you 1500 recent, clear, well written words on the three iterations of the Oxford detectives and what they mean?

Drop me a brief abstract if you do.

With thanks and expectation.

John Mair

07785 378156

Re-Opened Call for Submissions
Third issue of Mean Streets: A Journal of American Crime and Detective Fiction

Proposals: April 1, 2022
Final essays: June 30, 2022

The “Golden Age” of mystery and detective fiction is generally agreed upon as bounded by World War I and World War II. While the designation is widely applied to both British and American fiction of the period, it has most closely adhered to British fiction, perhaps because American crime writing in the period was sharply bifurcated between Classic and Hard-boiled writing. Indeed, Stephen Wright claims that “It was in Britain that the clue-puzzle had its richest development” and also traces the important revision of narrative structure that became known as the “inverted” story to an English writer. So, in what lay the contribution of American writers? Are there unique features in their offerings to the Classic detective narrative? Is there any cross-fertilization (or creative friction) between Classic and Hard-boiled practices? Do the circumstances of American life and culture of the period produce qualities notably different from British narratives?

Some possible approaches:
 Interrogate the question: Is there an American Golden Age?
 Thematic explorations
 Contemporary resurgence of Golden Age interest/popularity
 Contributions of particular American publishers to Golden Age popularity and/or
rediscovery (e.g., Rue Morgue Press, Library of Congress Crime Classics)
 Juxtaposition of Classic and Hard-boiled fiction in the period
 Analysis of the critical receptions of American writers by British critics
 Selected authors associated with the period:

Anthony Abbot
Stuart Palmer
Anne Austin
Zelda Popkin
Hugh Austin
Ellery Queen
Earl Derr Biggers
Patrick Quentin
Anthony Boucher
Virginia Rath
John Dickson Carr
Clayton Rawson
Clyde B. Clason
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Dorothy Cameron Disney
Mabel Seeley
Todd Downing
Rex Stout
Mignon Eberhart Kay
Cleaver Strahan
Erle Stanley Gardner
John Stephen Strange
Frances Noyes Hart
Phoebe Atwood Taylor
C. Daly King
Darwin Teilhet
Rufus King
S.S. Van Dine
Helen McCloy
Carolyn Wells

Abstracts of 250 words with proposed title should be directed no later than April 1, 2022, to the editors: Rebecca Martin ( and Walter Raubicheck
Final papers of 7000-8000 words will be due by June 30, 2022, with publication anticipated in fall 2022. Feel free to send questions to both editors.

About Mean Streets
This journal is published by the Pace University Press (New York City), which has been sponsoring scholarly journals since the 1980s.
Mean Streets is a refereed journal edited by two scholars in literature and film and guided by an Editorial Board comprised of distinguished scholars from several disciplines. Submissions will be reviewed by the editors and selected Board members.
The journal’s first issue appeared in spring 2020, with the second issue in June 2021. Copies may be ordered at