Women Sleuths, Volume 1

Women Sleuths, Volume 1

by Eberhart Mignon, Margaret Cole
     
 

G.D.H. and Margaret Cole, "The Toys of Death;" An engaging little old lady solves a baffling murder on the south coast of England. Mignon Eberhart, "The Calico Dog;" Susan Dare accepts what is certainly "an invitation to murder" when she gets involved iwth conflicting claimants to a large fortune. Marcia Muller, "The Broken Men;" San Francisco investigator Sharon

Overview


G.D.H. and Margaret Cole, "The Toys of Death;" An engaging little old lady solves a baffling murder on the south coast of England. Mignon Eberhart, "The Calico Dog;" Susan Dare accepts what is certainly "an invitation to murder" when she gets involved iwth conflicting claimants to a large fortune. Marcia Muller, "The Broken Men;" San Francisco investigator Sharon McCone guards two famous participants in a clown festival and gets enmeshed in homicide. Cornell Woolrich, "The Book that Squealed;" A defaced library book leads to kidnapping and murder in a classic puzzler solved by a librarian.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"... every mystery fan will find something to like." — Washington Post

"... a triumph for womanly intuition." — Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The first volume in Academy Chicago's Mystery Novella series, this collection contains four generally disappointing works. Each has an interesting plot, but with the exception of Mignon Eberhart's ``Calico Dog,'' the key to the storyand any hint thereofis held back until a rather dry summation at the end. Characterization also drags down the work: the three stories from the '30s feature sheltered, prudish womeneven Eberhart's private eye Susan Dare, who feigns independence, is saved by her boyfriend. Muller's ``Broken Men,'' the sole contemporary story, is less stereotypical, but suffers again from a construction that excludes the reader from involvement. December

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897331579
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1985
Series:
Academy Book Ser.
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Pronzini is simply one of the masters. He seems to have taken a crack at just about every genre: mysteries, noirish thrillers, historicals, locked-room mysteries, adventure novels, spy capers, men's action, westerns, and, of course, his masterful, long-running Nameless private detective series, now entering its fourth decade, with no signs of creative flagging. He's also ghosted several Brett Halliday short stories as Michael Shayne for Mike Shayne's Mystery Magazine, and has managed to collaborate with such fellow writers as John Lutz, Barry Wahlberg, Collin Wilcox and Marcia Muller. Still, if he never ventured into fiction writing, his non-fiction work, as both writer and editor, would still earn him a place in the P.I. genre's Hall of Fame.

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