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In A Moment on the Edge, accomplished and internationally renowned contemporary mystery writer Elizabeth George has collected 26 short mystery/suspense stories that span nearly a century of crime writing, by some of the most respected and compelling women writers of the modern era. Her stated goal is to illustrate the many and varied reasons why women write about crime, assault, and murder, as well as to demonstrate how well they do it.
This compelling collection is arranged chronologically, from the classic "A Jury of Her Peers" written by Susan Glaspell in the early part of the 20th century to Minette Walters's "English Spring -- American Fall," which was completed as the century drew to a close. Between those two temporal extremes, you'll find stories by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, and other masters from the British Commonwealth's Golden Age of Mystery, as well as tales by such modern mystery greats as Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton.
You'll also find captivating works by writers generally published outside the mystery genre, including Shirley Jackson, Antonia Fraser, and Joyce Carol Oates. As you read this incredible collection, one thing soon becomes crystal clear: Women writers are as fascinated by those who break society's rules as are the rest of us. And, along the way, Elizabeth George proves her editorial point -- that mystery writers, whether male or female, find the most enduring fame by exploring the unthinkable and the unguessable. That's why it's no mystery that the women writers showcased in A Moment on the Edge are among those whose works will endure longest in the memories and hearts of readers, present and future. Sue Stone