Jan 2, 2018

In The Shadow of Agatha Christie, edited by Leslie S. Klinger

When we think of the genesis of female mystery writers, Christie is at the top of the list followed closely by Dorothy L. Sayers. Most readers would be hard pressed to name another woman who wrote as prolifically; yet there are hundreds. 

In this entertaining anthology Leslie Klinger has brought together almost two dozen of these ‘forgotten females’ including Catherine Crow, Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Elizabeth Corbett and Carolyn Wells. Their stories range from the saga of the missing earring, ghostly goings on in Brighton, the testimony of an innocent man and some female detectives who wouldn’t look out of place in a Christie novel. A thoroughly enjoyable collection. It could be high time for these novelists’ work to be rediscovered.

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