Crime Fiction Historical Timeline - Declan Miller


Edgar Allan Poe


Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Edgar had an elder brother named William and a younger sister named Rosalie. Edgar's grandfather emigrated from Ireland to America in 1750. His childhood highlights included being close to his foster mother and his lowlights is his parents dying . Edgar's first taste of success was in 1933 for his short story "MS. Found in a Bottle". His most famous work is a poem called "Raven". Edgar's work falls into multiple sub genre's because he liked to write a variety of stories and poems. These sub genres are horror, adventure, science fiction and detective fiction.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22nd, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Arthur’s father was named Charles and was of Irish Catholic descent and his mother was named Mary and was Irish Catholic. The family dispersed in 1864 due to Charles’s drinking problem. Arthur’s childhood highlights are unknown. Arthur’s first taste of literary success was in 1886 when he was paid for rights of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle was most famous for his work that featured detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s work falls into the subgenre of detective fiction because most of his work features a detective story line.

Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie was born on September 15th, 1890 in Devon, England. Agatha’s mother was named Clara Boehmer and was the only daughter out of 4 other siblings. Agatha’s father was named Frederick Miller. Agatha had a brother named Louis and a sister named Margaret. Agatha had a very good childhood, she was surrounded by many independent women, she was homeschooled by her parents and was taught how to read, right and play music. These things were a highlight of Agatha’s childhood. Agatha Christie’s first taste of literary success was in 1920 when she released her first novel “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”. Agatha Christie is famous for many novels but the 2 that really made her famous was “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” & “Murder on the Orient Express”. Agatha’s work falls into the subgenre of detective fiction because her work featured a detective solving a crime.

Ian Fleming


Ian Fleming was born on May 28th, 1908 in London. Ian’s mother was named Evelyn St Croix and his father was named Valentine Fleming. Valentine joined WW1 in 1914 and reached a high rank but was killed by a German bombing on May 20th, 1917. Fleming did not have many childhood highlights. Although he did enjoy athletics. Fleming’s first taste of literary success was in 1953 when his first James Bond novel “Casino Royale” was published. Ian Fleming is most famous for his novel series “James Bond”. This series featured many famous novels. Fleming’s work falls into the sub genre of spy fiction because of his spy novels “James Bond”.

P.D. James


Phyllis Dorothy James who is known as P.D. James was born on August 3rd, 1920 in Oxford, England. James was the oldest of 3 children. Her father worked as a tax officer for the Inland Revenue department. Her mother had many mental illnesses and was institutionalised. P.D. James’ childhood highlights are unknown. P.D.James’ first taste of literary success was in 1962 when her first novel “Cover Her Face” was published. Her most famous work is Cover Her Face, The Children of Men and The Murder Room. P.D. James’ work falls into the subgenre of crime fiction because her stories have many different types of crime.

Stephen King


Stephen King was born on September 21st, 1947 in Portland, Maine. Stephen’s father Donald was born in Peru, Indiana and was a merchant seaman. Donald left Stephen at the age of 2 after saying “going to buy a pack of cigarettes”. Stephen’s childhood highlights are unknown but one of his lowlights was witnessing one of his friends being struck and killed by a train. King’s first taste of literary success was when he sold his first professional short story called “The Glass Floor” to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Stephen King is most famous for his books such as “The Shining”, “IT”, “Carrie” and “The Dead Zone”. King’s work falls into the subgenre of horror because his books feature horrifying events and creatures.

Kathy Reichs


Kathy Reichs was born on July 7th, 1948 in Chicago, USA. Kathy has 2 daughters named Kerry and Courtney, she also has 1 son named Brendan. Kathy has no known childhood highlights or lowlights. Her first taste of literary success was in 1997 when she released her first novel Déjà Dead was released. Also in 1997 Déjà Dead won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Kathy is most famous for her novels “Déjà Dead”, “Death du Jour” and her series of Bones novels. Kathy’s work falls into the subgenre of forensic thriller because her novels feature forensic science.

Kerry Greenwood


Kerry Greenwood was born on June 17th, 1954 in Footscray, Victoria, Australia. Kerry has a partner named David Greagg and has no children. Her childhood highlights or lowlights are unknown but she has graduated university where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws 1979. Kerry’s first taste of literary success was when she released her first book “Cocaine Blues” which was very success in Australia. Kerry Greenwood is most famous for her books “Cocaine Blues”, “Flying Too High” and “The Green Mill Murder”. Greenwood’s work falls into the subgenre of historical mysteries because most of her books involve a mystery from the past.

Stieg Larsson


Stieg Larsson was born on August 15th, 1954 in Skelleftehamn, Sweden. Larsson’s father was named Erland and his mother was named Vivianne Boström. Stieg also had a brother named Joakim and a partner named Eva Gabrielsson. Larsson’s childhood highlights include living with his grandparents in a small wooden house in the country. Stieg’s first taste of literary success was when he published a fanzine from 1972 to 1974. Stieg’s most famous work is “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” which was released in 2005. Stieg’s work falls into the subgenre of mystery and thriller.

John Grisham


John Grisham was born on February 8th, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. Grisham was the second born of 5 siblings. His father was named also named John and worked as a construction worker and a cotton farmer. His mother was named Wanda and she was a homemaker. Grisham’s childhood highlights include playing baseball and converting to Christianity. Grisham’s first taste of literary success was in 1989 when his book “A Time to Kill” was published after being rejected 28 times. John Grisham is most famous for his books “The Whistler”, “A Time to Kill”, “The Firm” and “Rogue Lawyer”. Grisham’s work falls into the subgenre of thriller because most of his books involve a thrilling story and crime.