Re: RARA-AVIS: Historical crime writers

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 10 Jan 2002

i've never heard of any of those people. seems like a surprisingly high percentage of female writers for mystery. i thought women wrote romance novels and cook books.


> It's just George again, trying to take shortcuts in
> his research.
> I've just received a call for papers on historical
> crime fiction, but I'm not familiar with any of the
> names listed. Would anyone consider any of the
> following hard-boiled?
> Mary Jo Adamson; Simon Beauford; Lauren Belfer; Ann
> Benson; Emily Brightwell; Molly Brown; Fiona Buckley;
> Karen Rose Cerrone; P.F. Chisholm; Alys Clare; Dianna
> Day; Dale Futurani; Karen Hooper; Michael Jecks;
> Sharon Kay; Kate Kingsbury; Stephen Lewis; Alys
> Kingsbury;
> Stephen Lewlis; Gillian Linscatt; A.E. Marston; Ann
> McMillan; Margaret Monfredo; Fidelis Morgan; Robin
> Paige; Owen Parry; Iain Pears; Sharon Kay Penman;
> Linda S. Robinson; Caroline Roe; Candice Roff; Laura
> Jak Rowland; Randall Salvis; Kate Sealey; Troy Soos;
> Rosemary Stevens; Victoria Thompson; Leoney Tourney;
> Peter Tremayne
> I hate to admit it, but I honestly don't think I
> recognize a single name on that list.
> In the alternative, does anyone have a favorite
> hard-boiled historical detective writer? The only
> novel I can think of off the top of my head is the
> Eliot Ness book Max A. Collins wrote, which I think is
> called TRUE DETECTIVE and which sits in my TBR pile.
> I know there are a number of others, but I can't think
> of them and don't have access to my normal research
> tools until the semester starts up again next week.
> Aren't some of the Pelecanos D.C. novels historical?
> If anyone is interested in the original call for
> papers, let me know, and I'll be glad to forward the
> entire email to you. It's for a book of essays being
> edited by Ray Browne.

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