Category Archives: Female Gumshoes

Much to Like about “The Likeness”

In a 2009 Guardian article, award-winning novelist John Banville was questioned about whether his Detective novels deserved to be treated as true literature. “When I get up in the morning,” he said dryly, “I ask my wife whether I should write a Booker Prize winning novel, or another bestselling crime book. And we always come […]
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Was Sherlock Holmes a real person? What’s the difference between a crime novel and a mystery novel? What really happened to all the TP? Survey mystery fiction and its conventions, from the genre’s 19th-century origins to the classic Golden Age puzzle to its many postmodern manifestations. Writers to be studied will include Edgar Allan Poe, […]
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Film Review: Nancy Drew (2007) (includes spoilers)

A true representation of the unflappable sleuth we’ve known and loved since the first Nancy Drew book was published in 1930.

Atomic Blonde is Disappointingly Blonde and Not Nuclear Enough

I am diehard Jason Bourne fan. I have read most of the books and watched each movie few times. Yet I am always on a lookout for ass-kicking untraditional-detective characters. I watched Jack Reacher movies; I didn’t love them. These days, I am reading Jack Reacher books and I like him. In all my reading […]
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Fiction Review: Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich

  Note: This review contains SPOILERS from the book. The book Tricky Twenty-Two, by Janet Evanovich, is, not surprisingly, the twenty-second installment of Evanovich’s bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s series of the comic crime fiction subgenre. Unfortunately, anyone who has read other books in the series and were excited for the next book may as well […]
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Fiction Review: Faithful Place by Tana French

Faithful Place by Tana French, 2010 [SPOILERS] Faithful Place by Tana French is an unconventional mystery novel. There is a crime, there is a detective and the detective solves the crime, but in many ways this takes a secondary place to the detective’s own story. Frank Mackey, a seasoned detective with the Undercover Squad, is […]
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Fiction Review: Cocaine Blues, a Phryne Fisher Detective Novel by Kerry Greenwood (1989)

In Cocaine Blues, the first novel of Kerry Greenwood’s rip-roaring mystery series set in 1920s Melbourne Australia, we are introduced to the fabulous world of the Honourable Phryne Fisher. Not only is Phryne Fisher a preeminent female gumshoe of the flapper era, she solves crimes with panache and in high fashion while driving fast flashy […]
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Upcoming Event: Women of Law Enforcement August 23, 2015 (1PM)

The Sisters in Crime Orange County and the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America will be presenting “Women of Law Enforcement” on Sunday, August 23 at 1PM. To read more, please visit:

In the News: Ausma Zehanat Khan’s ‘Unquiet Dead’

Ausma Zehanat Khan’s ‘Unquiet Dead’ rises above mystery setting By Paula L. Woods January 9, 2015 While publishers may rave about mysteries that “transcend the genre,” few soar beyond their crime-solving objectives. And to find such a treasure in a first-time effort is rarer still. Khan has brought every ounce of her intellect and professional […]
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In the News: What Takes A Mystery Novel To Another Level? A Q&A With Tana French

by Michelle Dean 9/03/14 9:25am Link: Tana French’s Dublin murder mystery novels, of which the new release The Secret Place is the latest, always hit the bestseller lists. But her readers are a proud cult in my experience, always happy to find another fan to discuss them with. She has a talent for lighting up […]
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