Annal: 2004 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction

Results of the Agatha Award in the year 2004.

Book:Private Eye-Lashes

Private Eye-Lashes: Radio's Lady Detectives

Jack French

In this book, Jack French relates fascinating facts about the famous lady crime-solvers (Nora Charles, Candy Matson, Jane Sherlock) but he also tracks down the obscure ones (Susan Bright, Helen Holden, and The Lady in Blue, etc.) He traces the origin of these radio series, whether in pulp fiction, film, mystery novels, or comic books.

“Jack French has brought to the foreground many of the ladies who worked alongside their more famous male partners, and those who worked alone, in relative obscurity and were long forgotten. We learn about who these women were and their places in the world of detection. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Jack for bringing them back again.” From Foreword by Barbara J. Watkins

Book:The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: Vol 1 and 2. The Complete Short Stories

The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: Vol 1 and 2. The Complete Short Stories

Leslie S. Klinger, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A cause for international celebration—the most important Sherlock Holmes publication in four decades.

This monumental edition promises to be the most important new contribution to Sherlock Holmes literature since William Baring-Gould’s 1967 classic work. In this boxed set, Leslie Klinger, a leading world authority, reassembles Arthur Conan Doyle’s 56 classic short stories in the order in which they appeared in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century book editions. Inside, readers will find a cornucopia of insights: beginners will benefit from Klinger’s insightful biographies of Holmes, Watson, and Conan Doyle; history lovers will revel in the wealth of Victorian literary and cultural details; Sherlockian fanatics will puzzle over tantalizing new theories; art lovers will thrill to the 700-plus illustrations, which make this the most lavishly illustrated edition of the Holmes tales ever produced. The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes illuminates the timeless genius of Arthur Conan Doyle for an entirely new generation of readers.

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