RARA-AVIS: Re: Early Female Detectives

From: Mark Troy ( metroy@tamu.edu)
Date: 14 Aug 2002

I'm rejoining this list after a hiatus of about a year. My name is Mark Troy. I'm currently reading Neal Barrett Jr.'s Bad Eye Blues after hearing Bill Crider mention him at Cluefest. I'm also reading Curt Colbert's Rat City. Most of what I read tends towards hard-boiled PI.

 On 8/14/02 3:00 AM, William Harker wrote:

> Can anyone give me a basic list of the very earliest female
> writers/detectives who were not in the "drawing room" or cozy genre? I
> don't want to open a "what's hardboiled and what isn't" discussion, but I'd
> like to know who the earliest female writers/detectives were that were
> influenced by the early pioneers such as Hammett, Chandler, Daly, and others.
Here are some who appeared in pulps. I don't know if they were influenced by Hammett et al

Carrie Cashin, created by Theodore Tinsley, NY PI, first story in CRIME BUSTERS. 1937

Grace Culver, created by Roswell Brown, operative & secretary for Noonan Detective Agency, first story in SHADOW MAGAZINE, 1934

Violet McDade and Aevada Alvarado, created by Cleve Adams, partners in a their detective agency. Violet is 300 pounds and tough, Nevada is slim but also tough. First story in CLUES 1935

Ellen Patrick, The Domino Lady, by Lars Anderson, she steals from the rich guys who killed her father, all the while wearing slinky outfits. First story in SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTURES, 1936.

Mark Troy (http://www.marktroy.net)
PILIKIA IS MY BUSINESS, A private eye novel
from LTDBooks (http://www.ltdbooks.com)
2002 Shamus nominee:  Best 1st PI Novel

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