Murder, Bloody Murder

This course will focus on the ways in which murder is represented in five very different books. From this core the roles of the detective, the victim and the murderer will be examined, providing comparisons for readers who have an ongoing fascination in this macabre subject.


Course Author: Allison Halliday

Course Code: D152

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

  • Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
  • Michael Connolly, The Last Coyote
  • Reginald Hill, On Beulah Height
  • Michael Dibdin, Blood Rain
  • Ann Perry, Traitors’ Gate

Units & Pricing: 5 units / $68 per person


Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.

Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.