Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Introduction

From: William Denton (
Date: 12 Oct 2004

On 12 October 2004, Susan Evans Shaw wrote:

: Where's the joy in trashing Dorothy Sayers and cosies? They may not be
: to everyone's taste, but they have a right to existence. How many of you
: hardboilers cut your writerly teeth on Agatha Christie? As for Sayers,
: her style is definitely dated, but they are well-written and researched
: and more digestable than modern efforts by Martha Grimes and Elizabeth
: George. What does Russell James have to say about Sayers and cosies?

I don't know, but we'd all rather talk about Russell James himself than cozy writers. And in fact we have. A few snide remarks about cozy writers and cats and recipe mysteries have been made on the list, but I'm sure a number of people here read them and enjoy them. Agatha Christie was one of the first mystery writers I read. Their existence is pretty much beside the point, though, since we're here to talk about the tough stuff. Comparing and contrasting the two schisms is one thing, but just sneering is pointless.


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : : Caveat lector.

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