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Twelve Woman Detective Stories

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Whether a housekeeper, secretary, lodger, or pawn-broker in a seedy area of Victorian London, the woman detective's powers of observation and deduction are also her most effective in uncovering and resolving both crimes and mysteries. Twelve Women Detective Stories is an entertaining anthology that gives us a glimpse at these female sleuths in twelve engaging mysteries.
The woman detective is as prominent in stories written by men as in those by women. The detectives here may ...
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Overview


Whether a housekeeper, secretary, lodger, or pawn-broker in a seedy area of Victorian London, the woman detective's powers of observation and deduction are also her most effective in uncovering and resolving both crimes and mysteries. Twelve Women Detective Stories is an entertaining anthology that gives us a glimpse at these female sleuths in twelve engaging mysteries.
The woman detective is as prominent in stories written by men as in those by women. The detectives here may be young, educated and independent, or elderly and unmarried, illustrating the writers abilities to both use and subvert feminine stereotypes in fascinating ways. Included here are stories by Fergus Hume, Robert Eustace, Baroness Orczy, and Agatha Christie, to name a few. There are also less well-known stories which keep the reader guessing right down to the last sentence.
Miss Marple, Carlotta Carlyle, Sharon McCone--the heroines of the detective novel are certainly some of the best loved and most memorable characters ever created. In Twelve Women Detective Stories, Laura Marcus presents some of the best ever written, in an absorbing tour of the world of crime, detection, and retribution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192880369
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/15/1998
  • Series: Oxford Twelves Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Laura Marcus lectures in English and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Mysterious Countess 1
2 Drawn Daggers 25
3 The First Customer and the Florentine Dante 46
4 The Adventure of the Cantankerous Old Lady 63
5 Mr Bovey's Unexpected Will 81
6 The Man in the Inverness Cape 96
7 The Man With Nine Lives 114
8 An Intangible Clue 147
9 The Clairvoyants 167
10 Lot's Wife 182
11 A Light on Murder 214
12 On Principle 222
Notes 227
Acknowledgements 230
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