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A Woman's Eye: New Stories by the Best Women Crime Writers [Paperback]

Sara Paretsky
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1 Oct 1992

Crime is common ground for the twenty-one women writers in this extraordinary collection of contemporary mystery fiction. The voices here include professional crime solvers who take you from the mean streets of V.I Warshawski's Chicago in a case of music and murder... to the California freeway where Kinsey Millhone's beloved VW skids into a the gang-held turf of Sharon McCone's San Francisco, where an eyewitness to a slaying says mum's the word.

And then there are mothers, grandmothers, battered wives, and social workers- ordinary women in extraordinary situations whose voices reveal contemporary life as seen through a woman's eye. From the opening tale of a girl down-and-out in London and what she steals from a the final story of a summer vacation in the Berkshires, complete with romance and sudden death...this unique collection brings us great mystery writing that engages both our intellects and our hearts.

Includes stories from Liza Cody, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, Dorothy Salisbury Davis, Nancy Pickard, Amanda Cross, Faye Kellerman, Antonia Fraser, Julie SMith, Barbara Wilson, Susan Dunlap, Mary Wings, Marilyn Wallace, Gillian Slovo, Margaret Maron, Shelley SInger, Carolyn G. Hart, Carolyn Wheat, Maria Antonia Oliver, Sara Paretsky, and Dorothy B. Hughes.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185381492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853814921
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant new collection (DAILY EXPRESS)

Beguiling... shows the depth of imaginative and intelligent 'modern' female sleuthery (THE TIMES)

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The National Bestseller featuring the finest female sleuths by the best women crime writers ever.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant bedtime reading 11 May 2013
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Short detective stories by women authors, many excellent. Some feel dated, but others are original and captivating. Good for ideas, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 7 April 2011
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I picked up this book for 2 authors that I knew -- Paretsky and Grafton -- and enjoyed extensions of their PI characters -- Warshawski and Milhone. Bu...moreI picked up this book for 2 authors that I knew -- Paretsky and Grafton -- and enjoyed extensions of their PI characters -- Warshawski and Milhone. But along the way I found some new authors to read. There are 21 short stories in this anthology (8 of which can also be found on tape (or maybe CD too). Not all of the mysteries are solved by detectives, but all are solved by women. I especially enjoyed PI Kiernan O'Shaughnessy in "Death and Diamonds" by Susan Dunlap, journalist Jemima Shore In Getting to Know You by Antonia Fraser and Annie Darling in "Her Good Name" by Carolyn Hart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Collection with Mixed Results 20 Jan 2012
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I've read several collections of mystery fiction, but never one whose contributors (and protagonists) were all women, until now. Edited by Sara Paretsky, the collection first appeared in 1991. Although the book is touted as twenty-one stories of contemporary fiction, it was kind of strange to read pieces without cell phones, GPS systems, and other hi-tech gadgets. So, I'm not sure this collection could still be called contemporary. I guess it depends on your definition.

As with most collections, I found certain stories and writing styles more appealing than others. In fact, I really liked about half of the stories in the collection. The others were okay, and one was a translated piece that didn't work at all. The language was stilted and transitions awkward. Among my favorites were "Benny's Space" by Marcia Muller, "The Scar" by Nancy Pickard, "Murder Without a Text" by Amanda Cross, "Deborah's Judgment" by Maraget Maron, and "Her Good Name" by Carolyn G. Hart. I also discovered great writers I wasn't familiar with such as Liza Cody, Gillian Slovo, and Dorothy B. Hughes.

This collection features all types of protagonists with different jobs and viewpoints, and it was fun to see famous, fictional private eyes in one book. All stories are not created equal, but I'm sure you'll find some standouts in among them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Eye by Sara Paretsky 26 Feb 2013
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An excellent book...I learned a lot about women writers from the introduction. Loved reading and discovering new female mystery writers. I have enjoyed Sara Paretsky's books for years and was delighted to find this little gem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the stories! 6 Feb 2014
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This Sara Paretsky is a group of short stores and chapters by other authors who are women, and they are delightful, very satisfying. Gives me a good opportunity to try out other authors in the same genre without having to buy a whole book by an author I am not sure of.
I am reading them slowly, like luscious truffles, so that I can savor them over a longer period of time.
3.0 out of 5 stars Women 12 Mar 2012
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The short stories wasn't what I was expecting, but they all were good. Different places, people styles etc. I was quite pleased.
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