British Mystery Short Stories and Novels Reading Club (Summer)
Class is currently in progress and no longer available for purchase.
Term: Summer 2020, June 16–July 16 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: 7+ (and parents of enrolled students)
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
T/Th 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand (Section Full)
M/W 2:00 p.m. ET with Christopher Marchand (Section Full)
Do you love a good mystery? Are you a devoted Anglophile? You are invited to survey a selection of great mystery short stories and novels by investigating some of the genre’s most well-known British authors: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and P.D. James. In addition to simply enjoying a sampling of landmark British mysteries, we will discuss how great mystery stories are structured and what character traits make for great detectives. Finally, you will be encouraged to watch one of the many screen adaptations of the books on our reading list and then report back to the group with your film review.
Syllabus: View course syllabus here.
*Required course materials:
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Complete Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #4) by Agatha Christie
- The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries #11) by Dorothy L. Sayers
- Death in Holy Orders (Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries #11) by P.D. James (if time)
*Books are not included in the purchase of the course. We have supplied links to Amazon for convenience, but any edition of the book is acceptable.
Christopher Marchand is a music pastor and priest at Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois, serving in the Anglican Church of North America. He holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Music Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A former headmaster and teacher at Aletheia Classical Christian School, he has taught humanities, history, science, and government courses. He is married to Elisa, and they have four children: three boys and a girl. The author of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas: a Guide for Churches and Families and producer of the blog/podcast PostConsumer Reports, Christopher loves discussing anything related literature, film, music, art, or tennis. firstname.lastname@example.org
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