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Mystery Women I: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction: 1860-1979: 3 Paperback – 14 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 1090 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; Revised ed. edition (14 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590584228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590584224
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,925,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barnett, a lawyer and teacher of political science, has collected mystery fiction with female protagonists for more than 20 years. Here she focuses on those protagonists instead of on female mystery writers??Barnett offers a unique and highly subjective approach to the genre. Recommended where there is an interest in 'mystery women' and for readers' advisory services." ??Library Journal

"The amount of reading Ms. Barnett has done for these books boggles my mind. (Dare I say it is "incredible?") She discusses almost 700 series characters, with brief descriptions of virtually all their cases (over 3,000 titles) and succinct discussions of their personal lives and physical appearances.Barnett is careful not to give too much information regarding plot surprises and solutions.Prone to find errors in reference works, I was happily frustrated by the overall accuracy of Ms. Barnett's research and writing. This is a work that will need periodic updating, but for the periods covered in the two volumes, 1860-1989, Colleen Barnett has written the definitive work" --Deadly Pleasures

“This is a valuable reference work that any serious reader of the genre should own." –"Denver Post" on the "Mystery Women" series.

"This is a valuable reference work that any serious reader of the genre should own." -"Denver Post" on the "Mystery Women" series.

This is a valuable reference work that any serious reader of the genre should own." "Denver Post" on the "Mystery Women" series."

About the Author

Colleen Barnett is a retired attorney who still lives in Boscobel, Wisconsin where she and her husband raised their family. She has three degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Over the years she worked as a volunteer coordinator, then social work supervisor for the Grant County Department of Social Services; as a practicing attorney and custody mediator; and as a lecturer in American Government for the University of Wisconsin-Richland."

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I cannot work out whether or not I like this book or not. It is useful. There is no doubt about that. However, in spite of the vast list of heroines that have been introduced into crime fiction since 1990, I am constantly frustrated when I search for characters. Either the ones I am looking for have arrived before 1990 or after 2000. I confess that this is my responsibility, but I wonder if the 10 year frame is simply too narrow to be helpful. I am giving the book 4 stars because I do think that it is comprehensive, well written, and a very good concept. I hesitate in giving it 5 stars because I am invariably frustrated when I spend time browsing through it. I recommend it, with the caveat that you keep in mind that considering its size and the fact that the author has done a great job including every character she should, it still feels limited.
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