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Adventures Online: The Art of the English Murder Mystery

Program No. 24198RJ
Whodunnit? Find out during this live, online immersion into English murder mysteries and true crime with mystery author Martin Edwards and theater expert Giles Ramsay.
Length
5 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
499

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If you can’t resist a mystery novel — particularly a British one — join us for this thrilling online learning adventure! With award-winning mystery author Martin Edwards and theater expert Giles Ramsay, delve into the world of mystery writing and the classic works that have shaped the genre. From Sherlock Holmes to the works of Agatha Christie, enjoy an immersive look into stories that have stood the test of time, as well as opportunities to discuss modern true crime stories that continue to fascinate readers. Meet retired senior police officer Simon Dinsdale, who led the investigations of more than 30 murders in England and will share his expertise in solving crimes. Pour a cup of your favorite English tea and enjoy lively discussions with your fellow Road Scholars and engage in Q&A sessions with your expert instructors.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Meet award-winning mystery author Martin Edwards, who will share stories about his background in the law and explain what it takes to write a mystery novel.
  • Enjoy discussions led by theater expert Giles Ramsay and Martin Edwards on the golden age of mystery writing, Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and much more.
  • Get insight into murder investigations and British policing with retired senior police officer Simon Dinsdale.

General Notes

Participants are encouraged to read Martin Edwards Gallows Court or any of his other novels. You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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5 days
DAY
1
Welcome, Victorian & Edwardian Detectives
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Welcome Meeting (15 minutes). Kevin Durjun, our Group Leader, will greet everyone and provide an overview of the day. 11:15 a.m. Lecture-Discussion (45 minutes). Giles Ramsay, our Study Leader, will engage in a conversation with Martin Edwards, the author of sixteen contemporary “whodunits” who also serves as President of the Detection Club and Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. Giles and Martin will discuss Victorian and Edwardian detectives including, of course, Sherlock Holmes.

Afternoon: 12:00 Noon. Break (15 minutes). 12:15 p.m. Group introductions (45 minutes). We will say hello to one another followed by Q&A on this morning’s conversation. 1:00 p.m. Today’s online session ends.

DAY
2
Golden Age of Murder, Agatha Christie, Police Investigations
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day (10 minutes) with Kevin Durjun. 11:10 a.m. Lecture-Discussion (50 minutes). Giles Ramsay and Martin Edwards will have a conversation about “the golden age of murder” and the works of Agatha Christie followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Afternoon: 12:00 Noon. Break (15 minutes). 12:15 p.m. Lecture (45 minutes). We’ll have the first of two “true crime” sessions with Simon Dinsdale. Simon was a Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) with the Essex UK police and led the investigations into 30 murders. One of the questions he is frequently asked is, “How do you catch the person responsible?” We will learn about the process British police follow during a murder investigation featuring a case history of one of his real life investigations. 1:00 p.m. Today’s online session ends.

DAY
3
Detection Club, Mysteries & Dossiers
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day (5 minutes) with Kevin Durjun. 11:05 a.m. Lecture-Discussion (55 minutes). Giles Ramsay and Martin Edwards will tell us about the Detection Club, founded in 1930 by a group of leading “crime writers” — i.e., detective novelists. Among the founding members were Agatha Christie, Freeman Wills Crofts, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Martin Edwards is the current President. Giles and Martin will also touch upon locked room mysteries, mystery games, and crime dossiers followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Afternoon: 12:00 Noon. Break (15 minutes). 12:15 p.m. Q&A (45 minutes). We’ll discuss and answer questions from this morning’s session. 1:00 p.m. Today’s online session ends.

DAY
4
Detective Stories Development, Ipswich Murders
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day (5 minutes) with Kevin Durjun. 11:05 a.m. Lecture-Discussion (55 minutes). Giles Ramsay and Martin Edwards will discuss development of the modern detective story and the revival of Golden Age detective fiction — mainly in the 1920s and ’30s.

Afternoon: 12:00 Noon. Break (15 minutes). 12:15 p.m. Lecture (45 minutes). Our second “true crime” session with Simon Dinsdale will focus on the Ipswich Murders. In late 2006, two young women vanished in the small market town of Ipswich in Suffolk. Their bodies were found a month later in a small river on the outskirts of the town. Within days, another three young women had been found murdered, their bodies dumped by the roadside. These appalling events prompted one of the biggest police investigations in British history. Simon was seconded to Suffolk Police and led the investigation into the murders of the last two victims. His illustrated talk will take us through those intense days in December 2006 from the discovery of the girls to the identification and capture of the man responsible. 1:00 p.m. Today’s online session ends.

DAY
5
Life as a Crime Writer, Art & Craft, Program Concludes
From the comfort of your own home.

Activity note: All times noted are Eastern Time. Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day (10 minutes) with Kevin Durjun. 11:10 a.m. Lecture-Discussion (40 minutes). Giles Ramsay will have a conservation with Martin Edwards about his life as a crime writer and the art and craft of creating crime fiction.

Afternoon: 12:00 Noon. Break (15 minutes). 12:15 p.m. Q&A (30 minutes). We’ll discuss and answer questions from this morning’s conversation with Martin Edwards. 12:45 p.m. We’ll have a final round-up (15 minutes) with Giles Ramsay, Martin Edwards, and Kevin Durjun as we enjoy the libations of our choice. 1:00 p.m. This ends our program.






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