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


by Willetta L. Heising


Purple Moon Press, Dearborn, MI. June 1995. (Second Printing). Trade paperback. 256 pages. (8½ X 11). A Letter to Mystery Lovers by the author. The author provides a section on how to use the present volume. Basically, this is an index of female authors and their detectives. The entries are alphabetical by author followed by their detectives’ appearances in a chronological order. Each listed author has a brief writeup of their life and writing career. There is a section where the author attempts to separate the characters into occupations and settings. A mystery chronology shows the appearance of all of the books that she lists, and covers from 1900 to 1995. There are many other chapters covering pseudonyms, short stories, periodicals, awards and organizations, a glossary, and a bibliography. The author shows her intention of going on with this book by telling about the next year’s plans. A useful book to search out some of your favorite authors.



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