Subtitled ‘The Mothers of the Mystery Genre’, this is quite as illuminating as any entry in Palgrave Macmillan’s always incisive series of studies of crime fiction in different countries and different eras. Lucy Sussex wears her scholarship lightly, but makes a persuasive case for many of the neglected female progenitors of the detective genre; the final effect of this concise but information-packed volume will be to send to readers out to scour bookshop shelves for some neglected but intriguing women writers.

Barry Forshaw

Women Writers and Detectives in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction

Lucy Sussex

Palgrave Macmillan Crime Files

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