Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime : Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women

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The companion volume to "The Darker Sex" and "The Dreaming Sex," this absorbing anthology of early women's crime fictionbelongs on the bookshelf of any serious crime fanMany of the leading writers of crime fiction are women--Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell et al--but it still comes as a surprise to many that the first full-length detective novel was by one Metta Fuller whose "The""Dead Letter," under the alias Seeley Regester, appeared as far back as 1866, predating Wilkie Collins' "The Moonstone" by two years. In fact, women writers were instrumental in developing the new genre of detective fiction. This anthology selects stories from the late Victorian and Edwardian era including one of the Violet Strange stories by Anna Katharine Green, known as the "mother of the detective novel;" one of the Loveday Brooke stories by Catherine Pirkis, featuring an early private woman detective; and a story by the Australian writer Mary Fortune, who had written more than 500 detective novels by the time Edward VII came to the throne.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 251 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 240g
  • Peter Owen Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 072061516X
  • 9780720615166
  • 1,044,848

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"This stellar collection showcases the brilliant imagination of a heretofore neglected generation of female writers." --"Bust "magazine, on "The Dreaming Sex"

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About Mrs Gaskell

Mike Ashley is a bibliographer, author, and editor of science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. He is the editor "The Darker Sex," "The Dreaming Sex," and the Mammoth Book series of short-story anthologies. He won the Edgar Award for "The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction."

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