There are approximately 112,000 different crime fiction titles listed on ‘Crime Fiction IV’, edited by Alan J Hubin and known to Book Experts as ‘Hubin’. Many of the stories have a strong background or setting reflected in the titles and artwork; they fall into the category of Theme of The Crime. I’m a big fan of Theme of The Crime for many reasons. Collections can be easy to assemble as most of the authors are not collected, interest in the settings will survive far longer than the interest in the author, and best of all the collections look incredibly impressive and ‘make sense’. This academic mystery dates from 1946 and features a murder at Yellowdean Boys School.
Jarrolds, 1946. First edition.