Brigitta Hudácskó, Junior Lecturer and Ph.D. candidate, University of Debrecen, teaches British culture and literature as well as literary and general translation. She does research in television adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories after 9/11, and her interest also extends to classic British detective fiction and translation studies. She has published articles in several journals including the Eger Journal of English and American Studies and Korunk. Her essay “Inventing History: Katalin Baráth’s Middlebrow Detective Series” appeared in Geographies of Affect in Contemporary Literature and Visual Culture (Brill, 2020). She also contributed an essay on Inspector Lestrade in modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations to Victorian Detectives in Contemporary Culture: Beyond Sherlock Holmes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and a chapter on Hungarian translations of Agatha Christie to The Ageless Agatha Christie: Essays on the Mysteries and the Legacy (McFarland, 2016).
Seaside resorts frequently served as locations of murder mysteries in Golden Age detection fiction, since these destinations could provide a diverse clientele, confined to manageably small groups essential to classic detective stories. The fictional seaside town of Wilvercombe serves as the location of Dorothy L. Sayers’s detective novel Have His Carcase (1932), in which Lord Peter Wimsey and detective-story writer Harriet Vane investigate the case of a man found dead on the beach. The location of the body turns out to be a source of confusion: while the detectives expect a traditional locked-room mystery to unfold (albeit in an open-air setting), the death cannot be resolved until the detectives realize that they are working in the wrong genre: instead of a clue-puzzle mystery, they are trapped in a Ruritanian romance, with outlandish tales of intrigue, unlikely members of the Russian aristocracy, and exaggerated and oppressive performances of heterosexual romance. (BH)