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Great Women Mystery Writers: Classic to Contemporary Kathleen Gregory Klein

Great Women Mystery Writers: Classic to Contemporary

Kathleen Gregory Klein

Published September 30th 1994
ISBN : 9780313287701
Hardcover
456 pages
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This comprehensive biocritical dictionary evaluates 117 widely read historical and contemporary women mystery writers and over 1,000 novels. From the sensationalist women mystery writers of the 19th century to the mid-1990s practitioners such asMoreThis comprehensive biocritical dictionary evaluates 117 widely read historical and contemporary women mystery writers and over 1,000 novels. From the sensationalist women mystery writers of the 19th century to the mid-1990s practitioners such as Margaret Maron, Karen Kijewski, and Sue Grafton, this work celebrates the contributions of women writers to mystery fiction, with an emphasis on contemporary writers. The dictionary also serves as a readers advisory to frequently asked questions: Which novels shouldnt be missed? In what order should you read them? What other writers will you enjoy if you like a particular writer, setting, or type of mystery? Signed interpretive and evaluative essays by 86 scholar-critics who are experts in the field are 4-5 pages in length and review the totality of the writers work: the relationship among her novels, her place in the genre- recommendations of her best books- whether to read a series in order- and which novelists have similar settings, writing styles, or reader appeal. A complete mystery bibliography and selected critical bibliography are included in each entry, and helpful appendices conclude the volume. Great Women Mystery Writers is a full-fledged critical companion by noted scholars and critics, and can be used for its critical interpretations, as a readers advisory, and as an essential reference tool for librarian and patron alike.