♥ Book Title : Great Women Mystery Writers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Recounts the lives and summarizes and evaluates the works of 117 classic and contemporary women mystery writers"Article| Kathleen Gregory Klein| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : British Women Mystery Writers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Many aspects of British detective fiction are intriguingly different from the American detective fiction. And, confusingly, many of the British women detectives who have made it to American television are far from typical of the latest women detectives. This work is a study of British detective fiction with female protagonists written by women. Authors included are P.D. James, Jennie Melville, Liza Cody, Val McDermid, Joan Smith and Susan Moody. Special attention is paid to the evolution of the British female sleuth from the 1960s to the year 2000, particularly the 1980s, and how this shaped and altered detective fiction. Also discussed is the effect of the British judicial system and gun laws on detective fiction and real life, the types of crimes women detectives usually investigate, why certain directions have been taken and which ones may be taken in the future, issues being raised by the authors, and new women authors of detective fiction with female protagonists."Article| Mary Hadley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Great Women Mystery Writers
☯ Full Synopsis : "Surveys the lives and works of some 90 contemporary women mystery writers, who are among the most popular authors read today."Article| Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Women of Mystery
☯ Full Synopsis : "In this remarkable book, Martha Hailey DuBose has given those multitudes of readers who love the mystery novel an indispensable addition to their libraries. Unlike other works on the subject, Women of Mystery is not merely a directory of the novelists and their publications with a few biographical details. DuBose combines extensive research into the lives of significant women mystery writers from Anna Katherine Green and Mary Roberts Rinehart with critical essays on their work, anecdotes, contemporary reviews and opinions and some of the women's own comments. She takes us through the Golden Age of the British women mystery writers, Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Allingham and Tey, to the leading crime novelists of today, focused on the women who have become legends of the genre. And though she laments, "so many mysteries, so little time," she makes a good effort a mentioning "some of the best of the rest." When DuBose writes of the lives of her principal players, she relates them to their times, their families, their personal situations and above all to their books. She subtly points out that Sayers, whose experience with the men in her life was inevitably disastrous, created in Lord Peter the ideal lover -- one who is all that a woman desires and needs. DuBose gives us the curriculum vitae that Dorothy Sayers created to help her bring Peter Wimsey to a virtual actuality. Ngaio Marsh would give up an active presence in the theatrical world she loved, but she recreated it for herself as well as her readers in many of her novels. The biographies of these woman are as engrossing as the stories they wrote, and Martha DuBose has shined a different, intimate and intriguing light on them, their works, and the lives that informed those works. This book is so full of treasure it's hard to see how any mystery enthusiast will be able to do without it. And what a gift it would make for anyone on your list who has been heard to announce "I love a mystery." Some of the treats inside: In the Beginning: The Mothers of Detection Anna Katherine Green Mary Roberts Rinehart A Golden Era: The Genteel Puzzlers Agatha Christie Dorothy L. Sayers Ngaio Marsh Margery Allingham Josephine Tey Modern Motives: Mysteries of the Murderous Mind Patricia Highsmith P.D. James Ruth Rendell Mary Higgins Clark Sue Grafton and more!!"Article| Martha Hailey DuBose| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Atomic Renaissance
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♥ Book Title : They Wrote the Book
☯ Full Synopsis : "Thirteen British and North American women mystery writers describe their professional lives: their struggles to make time to write; strategies for maintaining concentration and focus throughout the creative process; and reflections upon the thought and effort that go into crafting each word and every story they weave."Article| Helen Windrath| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Myth and Ritual in WomenÕs Detective Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "The relationship between traditional myths, fairytales and current fiction novels featuring women as crime-solvers is examined in this critical study. Using theories from Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung and others, the author asserts that plots and imagery in these novels conform to quest narratives outlined in classical myths and traditional fairytales. Narcissus, Medusa, Orpheus and Orestes are a few of the figures emerging in today’s mystery fiction. Among the mystery authors discussed are Patricia Cornwell, Amanda Cross, Sue Grafton, P.D. James, Sara Paretsky and Julie Smith. After establishing the anatomy of a mystery, the text discusses many myths, rituals and rites associated with mysteries, including myths of identity, religion and rites of initiation."Article| Christine A. Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : 10 Women of Mystery
☯ Full Synopsis : "This volume, which examines the special contributions of a number of women mystery writers, sheds light on this significant example of common interests in recreational reading among women and men and the reasons behind the early and continuing uncharacteristic near-equality of both sexes in this field of endeavor."Article| Earl F. Bargainnier| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : By a Woman's Hand
☯ Full Synopsis : "Mystery readers turn to this reference for its clear, concise profiles of women writers and their best-known books, mystery heroines and leading characters, pen names, writing styles and more. This revised and updated edition features profiles of Lilian Jackson Braun, Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, and other gifted writers--plus 70 new entries including Carol Higgins Clark, Susan Isaacs and Carol O'Connell."Article| Jean R. Swanson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Busybodies, Meddlers, and Snoops
☯ Full Synopsis : "An analysis of contemporary women's mysteries featuring the modern female detective."Article| Kimberly J. Dilley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Women Writers and Detectives in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book is a study of the 'mothers' of the mystery genre. Traditionally the invention of crime writing has been ascribed to Poe, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle, but they had formidable women rivals, whose work has been until recently largely forgotten. The purpose of this book is to 'cherchez les femmes', in a project of rediscovery."Article| L. Sussex| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Women Times Three
☯ Full Synopsis : "This volume explores the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives and women-centered mystery fiction, and women readers. Focusing on writers as diverse as Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sarah Caudwell, P.D. James, Katherine V. Forrest, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton, D.R. Meredith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Barbara Wilson, the authors analyze the development of detective fiction with a different agenda: the woman-authored woman detective. Examined through the eyes of actual and hypothetical women readers of the genre, these eleven essays concentrate new attention on the trio of reader, writer, and text when all three are modified by the terms "woman" and "mystery." The first essay collection to propose this gender and genre specific analysis, Women Times Three offers its readers a careful theoretical and critical investigation of both historical and contemporary models of consistently "new" mystery fiction. The essays' authors are not only widely published scholar-critics of mystery/detective fiction but also dedicated fans of the genre. Familiar with the full scope of mystery fiction, they bring insight and enthusiasm to their writing."Article| Kathleen Gregory Klein| Statement ..."