Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction

Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction

by Erika Janik

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807047880
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,176,484
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Erika Janik is an award-winning writer, historian, and the executive producer of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She’s the author of five previous books, including Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
Detecting Women

CHAPTER TWO
Sleuths in Skirts

CHAPTER THREE
Sisterhood Behind Bars

CHAPTER FOUR
Spinster Sleuth

CHAPTER FIVE
The First Policewomen

CHAPTER SIX
Girl Detectives

CHAPTER SEVEN
Breaking Through the Ranks

CHAPTER EIGHT
Hard-Boiled Heroes

CHAPTER NINE
From Mothers to Crime Fighters

CHAPTER TEN
Women Detectives Today

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

INDEX

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Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
[I received this trade paperback book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it] " In 1952, Lilian Wyles,one of the first sergeants of the London Metropolitan Police Force wrote:' Prejudice dies hard in police circles: it has been dying these thirty years and is not quite dead today'. Wylie foresaw a day when the 'convulsive shudder' of opposition to police women would be dead and buried. More than half a century later, that day still has not come." This book traces the history of women authors in crime fiction. It also follows the history of women in police departments. There is a major correlation in how women are seen both in reality and in fiction. Non-fiction that reads as it's own trophe,Erika Janik has written a thesis-worthy tome that should be on the shelf of every mystery writer and feminist historian in the country. Her premise of knowing the history of the genre should change authors and publishers alike. Highly recommended.
anneb10 More than 1 year ago
A smart and engaging look at the evolution of women in the field of law enforcement - both fact and fiction - since policing began to take shape in the nineteenth century. We see the precursors for Miss Marple all the way up to Kinsey Millhone, and how fiction and reality informed each other. Really lovely book; glad I read it. Full Disclosure: I received my copy of the book through Librarything's Early Reviewer program.