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Online Program

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.

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At a Glance

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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