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Sisters in crime - early detective and mystery stories by women
Michael Ashley
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Peter Owen
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The companion volume to The Darker Sex and The Dreaming Sex, this absorbinganthology of early women's crime fiction belongs on the bookshelf of any serious crime fan

Many 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 writtenmore than500 detective novels by the time Edward VII came to the throne.

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

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

"Ashley does his usual fine job in selecting and introducing the 11 entries . . . sure to appeal to fans of both Victorian fiction and ghost stories." -Publishers Weekly, on The Darker Sex

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Detective and mystery stories - Women authors.|Fiction - 19th century.
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