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These are stories of P.I.s who keep guns in their handbags--or their bras, of crime victims, homeless women, and housewives whose ordinary lives take a brutal, sometimes fatal twist. This collection brings several brilliant international authors to American readers for the first time, including Amel Benaboura, Irina Muravyova, and Helga Anderle. Mystery fans will also enjo ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 12th 1997 by Dell (first published 1996)
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James
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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3 out of 5 stars to Women on the Case, a collection of short stories curated by Sara Paretsky in 1996. Each of the short stories focuses on a female detective or investigator, bringing to the forefront both female-driven crime stories and a woman's point of view. While I enjoyed a few of these stories, it wasn't as strong as A Woman's Eye, one of the other anthologies Paretsky took the lead on. I enjoy short stories, but this didn't seem to have the same quality or expanse of styl
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Jodi
Mar 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Jodi by: no one
I bought this book, thinking that it would be a good mixture of mystery/detective short stories by female authors but was rather disappointed. The quality of the writing was inconsistent, as well as the fact that the plot of some wasn't a mystery or detective story at all.
Cybercrone
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Seemed a bit uneven, but given that Paretsky tried to choose the widest variety of woman writers she could find, there was bound to be a large variance in types of stories.

On the whole, quite enjoyable.
Jerry B
This is the second anthology of female crime writers hosted by the famous author Sara Paretsky – the first a similar collection entitled “A Woman’s Eye” (1991). We glommed onto “Women on the Case” when we learned one of our favorite authors, Linda Barnes, was among the 26 featured authors in this short-story mystery anthology. We have sometimes tired of Paretsky mounting her soapbox on various social issues in her VI Warshawski novels, but want to warn male readers that her introductory essay to ...more
jules
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
"Women on the case" is a collection of 26 crime short stories written by women, and in which women are the main characters.
Even though not all the stories may be exactly classified as "crime fiction", each tale has a mystery that catches the reader's attention from the first lines and it is often solven only in the last ones.
The collection was edited by Sara Paretsky (who also wrote a beautiful introduction quoting one of my all time favorite, Aurora Leigh) and published in 1996.
Elizabeth Ruth
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A lovely group of female detectives and writers comes together nicely in this short story collection. It's very obviously curated by Sara Paretsky, in its earnest third-wave feminism, but it works out well for this book. I actually enjoyed stories by some authors whose books I haven't enjoyed, like Nevada Barr and Sharon McCone.

Most of the stories in this book aren't anything to write home about, but a few really knock it out of the park with the cultural issues they tackle. Some non-Western st
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Lisa Faye
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't read a lot of short stories or a lot of detective fiction or a lot of compilations. I guess it's kind of the nature of the beast that some of the mix will totally suck. Still, it was nice to just read a short story before bed. Also the writing style for most of the stories was really simple, so this was some of the most relaxing reading I've done in a long time. Really though, it was just ok.
Sarah
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it
A good anthology of short stories, all written by women, about women. The protagaists range from private investigators to murderers to ghosts. Some stories, naturally, are better than others, but as a whole, a good book to read in bits and pieces.
Bettie☯
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Tex
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I don't read much short story writing but used this as filler between books while flying. Most intrigued by "I'll get back to you" which has the unusual setting of Pergatory.
Stephy
Jun 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery readers
Shelves: mystery
When it comes to Woman Writers, More is better.
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To be perfectly honest, I just read the stories by my favorite mystery authors: Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George, Liza Cody, Linda Barnes. Oddly, three of them had psychics in the plot line.
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Sara Paretsky is a modern American author of detective fiction. Paretsky was raised in Kansas, and graduated from the state university with a degree in political science. She did community service work on the south side of Chicago in 1966 and returned in 1968 to work there. She ultimately completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago, entitled The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New E ...more
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