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Great women mystery writers.

by Blakesley, Elizabeth, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Room Reference r PR830.D4 G74 2007
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Summary

Mysteries are among the most popular books today, and women continue to be among the most creative and widely read mystery writers. This book includes alphabetically arranged entries on 90 women mystery writers. Many of the writers discussed were not even writing when the first edition of this book was published in 1994, while others have written numerous works since then. Writers were selected based on their status as award winners, their commercial success, and their critical acclaim. Each entry provides biographical information, a discussion of major works and themes, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with appendices and a selected, general bibliography. Public library patrons will value this guide to their favorite authors, while students will turn to it when writing reports.

The volume provides alphabetically arranged entries on 90 great women mystery writers, including:

Cara Black

Sarah Caudwell

Mary Higgins Clark

Patricia Cornwell

Amanda Cross

Earlene Fowler

Charlaine Harris

Patricia Highsmith

Sujata Massey

Janet Neel

Sara Paretsky

Each entry provides a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The book closes with appendices of award winners and a selected, general bibliography. Public library patrons will value this guide to their favorite authors, while students will consult it when writing reports.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although the first (1994) edition of this work included important women mystery authors from the 1900s through the 1980s, the new edition concentrates solely on women who have made names for themselves from 1990 to 2006. Some 30 of the 92 articles are updates, while the other 62 cover new authors. The criteria for inclusion are based on nomination for major mystery awards, commercial success, and critical acclaim. Yet newer, well-received authors, such as Tess Gerstein and Katherine Hall Page, are not included, and Joan Hess, Magdalen Nabb, and others who were in the first edition are excluded, even though they are still commercially successful and have written many new works in the last 12 years. Each A-Z entry includes the author's full name, a short biography, a summary of the author's major works and themes, a discussion of the author's critical reception, a bibliography of the author's works separated by series, and a list of works about the author. Unfortunately, the second edition does not include the first edition's read-alike suggestions. Appendixes list by year all of the women who have either been nominated or won major mystery awards. The new Author/Character Master Index, Series Character Name Index, Series Setting Index, and Sleuth Type Index will be helpful for readers' advisory. The book ends with a bibliography of monographs about women mystery writers and a name and subject index. Libraries that have the first edition of Great Women Mystery Writers will want to add the second edition since it updates the first book and gives valuable information on many new mystery writers. All of the authors except two--Jerrilyn Farmer and Francine Mathews--are also in Gale's Contemporary Authors database, but since the essays in Great Women Mystery Writers are more analytical, the two resources are complementary. Public libraries with a strong patron demand for mysteries and academic libraries that have mystery courses will definitely want to add Great Women Mystery Writers to their reference collections. --Merle Jacob Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Detective and mystery stories, English -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- Bio-bibliography.
Detective and mystery stories, English -- Stories, plots, etc.
Detective and mystery stories, American -- Stories, plots, etc.
English fiction -- Women authors -- Bio-bibliography.
American fiction -- Women authors -- Bio-bibliography.
Women authors, English -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Women authors, American -- Biography -- Dictionaries.
Publisher Westport, Conn. :Greenwood Press,2007
Edition 2nd ed. /
Other Titles Great women mystery writers.
Language English
Notes Rev. ed. of: Great women mystery writers / edited by Kathleen Gregory Klein. 1994.
Description viii, 335 pages ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0313334285 (hardcover)
9780313334283 (hardcover)
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