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From Agatha Christie To Ruth Rendell: British Women Writers in Detective and Crime Fiction

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From Agatha Christie to Ruth Rendell is the first book to consider seriously the hugely popular and influential works of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Nag Marsh, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell/Barbara Vine. Providing studies of 42 key novels, this volume introduces these authors for students and the general reader in the context of their lives, and of ...more
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published March 7th 2001 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published December 12th 2000)
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Eustacia Tan
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, non-fiction
This is one of the two books that I've managed to finish last week (at the rate I'm going, I'll have to take a hiatus from the blog/cut down on blogging dramatically because I will eventually run out of reviews :p)

Despite the unfortunate cover (sorry but I think it looks boring), I found this to be a fascinating read! It's an analysis of the works of 6 queens of crime:

Agatha Christie
Dorothy L. Sayers
Margery Allingham
Ngaio Marsh
P. D. James
Ruth Rendell (also writing as Barbara Vine)

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Helen
A good read, slightly frustrating in that it was such a slim volume, and clearly so much more could be said on each topic (although my eyes did glaze over somewhere amongst all that Freudian theory). My own tastes are definitely more towards the Agatha Christie end of the timeline than Ruth Rendell, so while I'm not any more inclined to read any Rendell (or James) it may finally encourage me to pick up an Allingham - and to read a few of Christie and Marsh's books with new knowledge and theories ...more
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