GRANDE DAMES OF DETECTION: Two Centuries of Sleuthing Stories by the Gentle Sex by Seen & Gogo Lewis -- Eds. Manley

GRANDE DAMES OF DETECTION: Two Centuries of Sleuthing Stories by the Gentle Sex

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kissing cousins to Ladies of Horror and Mistresses of Mystery (KR, p. 568, J-186), but with a good deal more starch and a lot more contemporary appeal (despite the subtitle, the oldest of these whodunits goes back less than 100 years). The Baroness Orczy, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham and, of course, Dorothy Sayers need take second place to no one; this collection of nine very popular short pieces (including ""The Plymouth Express,"" ""Death on the Air,"" and ""The Learned Adventure of the Dragon's Head"") represents not just the best women's writing but the best of the genre as a whole (without Sherlock of course). And incisive commentary by Dorothy Sayers, Julian Symons and others offer some tantalizing clues to the genre's special popularity.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1973
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard