Friday, June 15, 2018

Women of Mystery: The Lives and Works of Notable Women Crime Novelists by Martha Hailey Dubose

 Once we got through our pile of stuff to the books and put them on the shelves, I chose this one to read. Bill got it for me months ago, but at the time, I was reading books that I knew I did not want to keep, so that when the time came, we would not have to move them. This is a book I will definitely keep. It’s slightly dated now, as it was published in 2000, but for anyone who is a fan of mysteries, it’s a great reference and a great read. The author talks about the early days of mystery writing and the women who were pioneers. I already had a collection of Anna Katharine Green and Mary Roberts Rinehart on my e-readers, along with a couple of the other women she wrote about, but there were a few that I’d not been aware of. I hopped over to Project Gutenberg and downloaded some of their work. She then moves into the Golden Age and ends with a section of more contemporary authors. For each authour, she talks about their lives, their influences, their work, and quotes from their work and interviews about their lives. She ends each author’s section with a bibliography which lists their writing, dates of publication, and film, stage, and television adaptations of their work. I can see that I will refer to this book in future and, having read about the authors, will approach their writing in a different way than I otherwise would have. I will also have a better idea about which authors to avoid because the kind of mysteries they write are not my cup of tea. I am in the mood for a mystery novel next. Maybe I’ll start at the beginning with The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green.

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