Women of mystery: the lives and works of notable women crime novelists

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St. Martin's Minotaur,
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1st ed.
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 20 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!!
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subject_facetAmerican fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Detective and mystery stories, American -- Bio-bibliography
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Bio-bibliography
Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Women novelists, American -- Biography
Women novelists, English -- Biography
title_displayWomen of mystery : the lives and works of notable women crime novelists
title_fullWomen of mystery : the lives and works of notable women crime novelists / Martha Hailey DuBose ; with additional essays by Margaret Caldwell Thomas
title_shortWomen of mystery
title_subthe lives and works of notable women crime novelists
topic_facetAmerican fiction
Detective and mystery stories, American
Detective and mystery stories, English
English fiction
History and criticism
Women and literature
Women authors
Women novelists, American
Women novelists, English