Detecting Women: A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women

Detecting Women: A Reader's Guide and Checklist for Mystery Series Written by Women

by Willetta L. Heising
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a enthusiastic reader of mysteries, you really cannot afford to be without the new DETECTING WOMEN, 3rd edition. Everything you ever wanted to know about women who solve mysteries is within these pages. Just reading them through is a delightful way to spend some time. New authors are included, 225 of them. There is a Master List of all the living authors writing series with women as protagonists. Those books that were nominated or won a major award are distinguished so if you want to read all the winners, you can. But a list of writers and books is just the beginning. Next Heising has divided all the series into four basic groups, police procedurals, private eye novels, espionage and t traditional mysteries featuring amateur detectives. Every author in the book is listed in one of these categories, subdivided even further. If you know the character¿s name, but not the authors you can cross-reference that in this book. If you are interested in books in specific settings, you will find these authors divided into settings. There is still more, a chronological list of all the novels mentioned and an alphabetical list of titles. A discussion of pseudonyms follows and then a list of mystery book awards, nominees and winners. It is simply a phenomenal book containing information cross-referenced in every possible way. If, like me, you prefer to read series in order, you don¿t have to beg your friends to find out; you just look it up in DETECTING WOMEN. If you are visiting someplace new and would like to either read some mysteries that are set in that place or take some with you to read while you are there, here is where you find that information. If you only want to read books about women army officers solving crimes in Thailand, you can find all the books written about that subject. Truly I do not see how anyone who loves mysteries can do without this extremely valuable reference!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the great tradition of the other outstanding reference works by Heising, Detecting Women, 3rd ed. is a godsend for those who love mystery series. With biographical information on the authors, chronology of titles, indices with settings, names and occupations of sleuths, prizes won by authors, etc., this book is a necessity for bookstores and libraries which are constantly being asked to pull an book or an author out of the air with very little information. Detecting Women3 is also just fun to read for the short biographies in which you can find little known facts about some famous authors. If you are a mystery aficiando, you'll want to own Detecting Women, 3rd ed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No, we are not kin though Ms. Heising and I share a name. I wish we were kin so perhaps I could share a mind that could dream up a reference book like Detecting Women. This remarkable book is divided into wonderful lists to not only help you keep track of all the women authors and their series but also lists to help you locate almost any of these books even though you can't remember the author! Or perhaps you want to read about lawyers, or interior decorators, well, there they are. Or you really like historical mysteries? There they are. Or if you like award winning books, she has a whole section from which to choose. It is a treasure trove of information. I would love this book even if my name weren't Willetta!!