Fiction and reality meet and mingle in this fascinating work of cultural history. Who are the great female detectives in literature? Who were their historical precedents? How did they make their way in a predominantly male world, whether we re talking about the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1861 or "SVU" on NBC? The best study of this hugely popular genre that I have ever read.
William Martin, author of "Back Bay" and "The Lincoln Letter"
Erika Janik does a fine job tracing the history of women in police work while at the same time describing the role of females in crime fiction. The outcome, with a memorable gallery of characters, is a rich look at the ways in which fact and fiction overlap, reflecting the society surrounding them. A treat for fans of the mystery and who isn t?
Katherine Hill Page, Agatha Award winning author of "The Body in the Belfry" and "The Body in the Snowdrift"
Vivid, engaging, and informative. Erika Janik presents a fascinating gallery of pioneering female crime solvers and the fictional heroines they inspired.
Daniel Stashower, Edgar Award winning author of "The Hour of Peril" and "Teller of Tales"
"From the Hardcover edition."" --Daniel Stashower