This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Become a “mystery master” as we read together some of the greatest mysteries of all time, including Edgar Allan Poe, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and more! For middle school students.
In this course, students will strive to become “mystery masters”! We will read some of the greatest mystery stories of all time, including tales of detectives such as Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Nancy Drew, and others. Plus, mini-mysteries will be read and solved in several class sessions.
Introduction and Mini-Mysteries
Edgar Allan Poe
Literary Criticism and Murder Mysteries
Agatha Christie – “The Affair at the Victory Ball”
Agatha Christie – “Witness for the Prosecution”
The Hard Boiled Detective – “The Bouncing Betty Caper”
The Hard Boiled Detective – “I’ll Be Waiting”
Mysteries and Movies: Benoit Blanc, the newest detective
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Course materials: Public domain mysteries will be provided FREE by the instructor as PDF files.
Homework: Auto-graded quizzes plus a Final Exam. Plan on about two or three hours of homework, mostly reading, per week.
Class dates: Tuesdays, January 9 to April 9. No class February 13 (mid-semester break) or March 26 (Holy Week)
Starting time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)
Duration per class: 45 minutes