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

by DuBose, Martha Hailey.

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PR830.D4 D83 2000
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Non Fiction 823.087 Dub
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 928.7 D853
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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!!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This handy biocritical guide to female crime novelists offers short essays on 18 authors, beginning with Anna Katherine Green and Mary Roberts Rinehart, moving through the Golden Age (Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Allingham, and Tey), and finishing with a sampling of moderns, including P. D. James, Sue Grafton, and Patricia Cornwell. DuBose mixes critical commentary on her subjects' work with relatively brief biographical sketches. Bibliographies are included for each of the profiled authors. Much of the biographical material will be familiar to fans (Anne Perry's secret past as a convicted murderer; P. D. James' career in hospital administration), but there is considerable value, especially for students and researchers, in gathering this material together. In addition, DuBose's critical comments, though generally laudatory, are often quite perceptive. She is particularly good on the Golden Age authors and on establishing connections from one era to the next (the influence of Patricia Highsmith, for example, on such modern masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell). In all, a functional addition to the mystery reference shelf. ^-Bill Ott"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Detective and mystery stories, English -- History and criticism.
Women novelists, English -- Biography.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women novelists, American -- Biography.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- Bio-bibliography.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Minotaur,2000
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Thomas, M. C. (Margaret C.)
Language English
Notes "Thomas Dunne books."
Description xi, 467 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [445]-454) and index.
ISBN 0312209428
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