What is Murder in the Library?
‘Murder in the Library will take you on a fascinating journey through the development of crime and detective fiction, from its origins in the early 19th century through to contemporary Nordic Noir, taking in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first appearance of Miss Marple and the fiendish plots of Dr Fu Manchu along the way.‘ – British Library
This small exhibition in the Folio Society Gallery shows the major features, motifs, trends and changes to the crime fiction genre. It explores the aspects of this genre of literature that makes it so gripping as well as marking key periods of popularity. Starting with the letter A and going through to Z each subjects is clearly explained and is accompanied by an appropriate artefact on display.
I thought this was a nice mini-exhibition with a clear layout and display. There were some really interesting artefact and my favourite is the hand-written Sherlock Holmes story (The Adventure of the Reitred Colourman) by Conan Doyle. It did not take long to go through, maximum 40 minutes.
I have had exposure to this genre as I have read Sherlock Holmes and Poiriot stories as well as listened to (and watched) to a few shows but I am by no means an expert in the crime fiction genre, so I found this exhibition ideal in directing me to other future reads and giving me a brief history of crime fiction.