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Book:By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women

By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women

Jean Swanson, Dean James

Here are more than 200 clear, concise profiles of women authors of mystery and suspense fiction—including Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, and many others. Focusing on writers whose work appeared from the 1970s to the present, the volume is arranged alphabetically, with each entry containing the author’s best-known books, mystery heroines, pen names, writing styles, and more.

Book:Killer Books

Killer Books: A Reader's Guide to Exploring the Popular World of Mystery and Suspense

Jean Swanson, Dean James

Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Nonfiction, By a Woman’s Hand was “a tour de force of a reference source on contemporary women mystery writers” (Nancy Pickard). Now Jean Swanson and Dean James have written a mystery guide with even broader appeal-by reflecting current trends in film, television, and mainstream fiction.

Killer Books is the perfect guide for discovering favorite mystery writers based upon readers’ personal preferences. For instance: If you liked the movies The Silence of the Lambs or The Usual Suspects, or TV’s “The X-Files” or “Murder, She Wrote,” this cross-referenced sourcebook will guide you to the types of writers and books you’d most enjoy. Brilliantly organized and indexed, with complete descriptions, author profiles and awards, Killer Books is the mystery guide that lets you navigate the maze of mystery-and find the books that you’ll like best. Includes special sections on: • cops • private eyes • legal thrillers • psychological suspense • historical mysteries • romantic suspense • capers and criminals • amateur sleuths • reporters, writers, filmmakers • sci -fi/horror mysteries • and more.

Book:Deadly Women

Deadly Women: The Woman Mystery Reader's Indispensable Companion

Jan Grape, Dean James, Ellen Nehr

From Agatha Christie to Murder, She Wrote, women have occupied a central and honored place in the mystery scene. Containing articles about female writers past and present, including Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, J.A. Jance, Sara Paretsky, Marcia Muller and others, this book celebrates women’s contributions to crime fiction.

Book:The Dick Francis Companion

The Dick Francis Companion

Jean Swanson, Dean James

When former jockey Dick Francis turned to writing, his novels were a success right out of the gate. Now readers can learn more about his suspenseful stories and the fascinating worlds in which they take place-not only horse racing, but many others, from flying to filmmaking, from gemstones to glassblowing. Meet the man who has won three Edgar Allen Poe Awards, the title of Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master, fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature, and Malice Domestic’s Lifetime Achievement Award-and add to your reading pleasure with:

  • Book-by-book synopses, little-known facts, and quotes
  • Francis’s stable of memorable characters-from Sid Halley to Mr. Kitchens to Professor Guggenheim
  • The “beautiful, marvelous creatures” who run through his novels-from Admiral in Dead Cert to Zingaloo in Whip Hand
  • Websites on horseracing, the many novels, and the author himself
Book:By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women, 2nd Edition

By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women, 2nd Edition

Jean Swanson, Dean James

Mystery readers turn to this reference for its clear, concise profiles of women writers and their best-known books, mystery heroines and leading characters, pen names, writing styles and more. This revised and updated edition features profiles of Lilian Jackson Braun, Mary Higgins Clark, P.D. James, and other gifted writers—plus 70 new entries including Carol Higgins Clark, Susan Isaacs and Carol O’Connell.

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