Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-boiled women

From: William Denton (
Date: 28 Aug 2000

On 28 August 2000, Nathalie M觥 wrote:

: Sorry if this has been mentioned already, but there is a list of HB
: heroines (PIs, actually) on TartCity. The author is Ruth Flannery.

Kinsey Millhone is certainly not hardboiled. The only one of the others I've read about is V.I. Warshawski, and I didn't think she was much either. Every now and then a debate breaks out about women writers and being hardboiled, and of the names on there, I think only Marcia Muller gets mentioned.

I believe that most female mystery fans who like to read mysteries by women have a very different definition of what fits into hardboiled than the average listmember (man or woman).


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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