Ann Radcliffe (1764 –1823) was the woman who paved the path for a rational way to explain mysteries. Considered the pioneer of the Gothic Novel, together with Horace Walpole, she was the first woman who decided to devote and earn her living by writing and who became famous.  She produced herContinua

The detective story comes from a genre which was born at the end of the 18th century, the Gothic Novel. Its roots are in the Graveyard School of Poetry whose main exponents were Thomas Gray(s Elegywriotten in  a Country Graveyard ) and MacPherson (Ossian Poems). These writers were fascinated byContinua

Daphne Du Maurier’ father was  the actor Gerald Du Maurier whose sister, Sylvia Jocelyn Llewelyn Davies (1866 –1910) and her five boys inspired J. M. Barrie’s stories of Neverland and Peter Pan.  She met the young barrister Arthur Llewelyn Davies at a dinner party in 1889,  got married soon after,Continua

Rebecca  (1938) The story centres on a young and shy heroine who marries Maxim de Winter, a rich widower, whose wife Rebecca died in mysterious circumstances. His house is ruled by Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who still lives in the memory of Rebecca. Du Maurier focuses on the fears andContinua

Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989)  came form an artistic family; her grandfather was caricaturist, her mother, was an actress, and her father was the actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier, who created the mad hypnotist Svengali. Her house was frequently visited by friends like J.M. Barrie and Edgar Wallace. As herContinua

His name derive s from two other fictional detectives of the time: Hercule Popeau created by Marie Belloc Lowndes and Monsieur Poirot, a retired Belgian police officer living in London, created by Frank Howel Evans. A more obvious influence on the early Poirot stories is that of Arthur Conan Doyle. Agatha ChristieContinua