The Big Book of Female Detectives

The Big Book of Female Detectives

by Otto Penzler (Editor)

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Overview

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's new anthology brings together the most cunning, resourceful, and brilliant female sleuths in mystery fiction. A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original.

For the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the most iconic women of the detective canon over the past 150 years, captivating and surprising readers in equal measure. The 74 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most determined of gumshoe gals, from debutant detectives like Anna Katharine Green's Violet Strange to spinster sleuths like Mary Roberts Rinehart's Hilda Adams, from groundbreaking female cops like Baroness Orczy's Lady Molly to contemporary crime-fighting P.I.s like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, and include indelible tales from Agatha Christie, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Laura Lippman, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525434740
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 1136
Sales rank: 314,389
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, founded The Mysterious Press in 1975, now an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, and publishes classic crime fiction through MysteriousPress.com. Penzler has won two Edgar Awards, MWA’s Ellery Queen Award and the Raven. He has been given Lifetime Achievement awards by Noircon and The Strand Magazine. His new company, Penzler Publishers, launched its imprint American Mystery Classics in October 2018; it is devoted to reissuing classic American mysteries in hardcover and paperback.

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The Big Book of Female Detectives 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous collection for readers like me who cut their reading teeth on Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys and never quite got over their first book love - mysteries. An anthology full of short stories (74, but who's counting?) about female detectives, it spans multiple sub-genres and 150 years. Full disclosure here, I haven't read every story yet; I tend to read one or two between my other books. Some authors are familiar to me, some aren't. Some will be right up my alley, some won't be my cup of tea. But the formatting of the digital edition is wonderful, with a table of contents that's set up in different eras/genres, and links to each story. And there's an introduction to each story, with a bit of background information about the author, etc. This book makes me happy. My thanks to Netgalley and Knopf/Doubleday for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
4GranJan More than 1 year ago
Epic Anthology of Female Sleuths Well, he has done it again! This collection is a must for any mystery aficionado. There are 74 stories in this collection. They range from British Victorians and Edwardians, to pre WWI American, The Pulp Era, The Golden Age, Mid-Century, The Modern Era and just plain Bad Girls. While I have not yet read all of these stories, many I just re-read as they are favorites of mine, too. Each story is introduced with a nice bit on the history and significance of the piece. If I had gotten this book in physical form, it would be a permanent fixture on my nightstand. What a great book to add to any collection! This would make a wonderful gift for a mystery-loving mother on her special day! I received the ARC of this book for free and this is my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another nice compilation of 74 short stories that editor Otto Penzler put together for mystery fans. I personally own few other collections from the series and I have always enjoyed the curated collections picked by the editor. I was excited to come across this ARC on Netgallery. I appreciate the generosity from the publisher for my early enjoyment prior to the official release. "The Big Book of Female Detectives" is probably the most comprehensive collection of stories featuring females detectives and sleuths on the market. Readers are introduced to interesting cases written from the Victorian era to the recent time period (i.e. Anne Perry!) How interesting to see the revolution and development of the roles of females in the detective industry over the course of 100+ years. A nice contrast to the "typical" male sleuths who are usually intelligent and courageous, the females ones featured in this collection tend to exercise their brains by using different forms of methods more than being physical. Mind you, though, they are no less fearless than their male counterparts; sometimes they are in fact more creative to solve the cases in their own special ways!. The collection includes stories written by many influential authors in the mystery genre as well as some less renown ones. All of the stories are short with exception to one - "The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie. This one full-length story alone already makes this "big book" a worthy purchase. And the cover is so nice to look at. For some reason, I keep feeling the cover is so festive! I am writing this review with an actual copy on my desk and I can only say the actual book makes such a nice addition to my personal library, both the rich content and the aesthetic cover art.. Any mystery lover should check this wonderful book out. I highly recommend.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
The Big Book of Female Detectives is an absolute must for mystery lovers everywhere. An excellent compilation of 74 stories that will keep the reader enthralled for quite some time, with detectives and stories ranging over 150 years. Essential reading for fans of the genre! A+
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
The Big Book of Female Detectives is an absolute must for mystery lovers everywhere. An excellent compilation of 74 stories that will keep the reader enthralled for quite some time, with detectives and stories ranging over 150 years. Essential reading for fans of the genre! A+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you enjoy mysteries? Short stories? Female detectives? If yes, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf. It is filled with stories from different eras and covers 150 years of writing, beginning with the Victorians. My favorites sections are the Golden Age, Mid Century, the Modern Era and Bad Girls. Many, many of my favorite authors are to be found in this collection. At over 1000 pages, this will be a book to dip in and out of over time. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you enjoy mysteries? Short stories? Female detectives? If yes, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf. It is filled with stories from different eras and covers 150 years of writing, beginning with the Victorians. My favorites sections are the Golden Age, Mid Century, the Modern Era and Bad Girls. Many, many of my favorite authors are to be found in this collection. At over 1000 pages, this will be a book to dip in and out of over time. Highly recommended!