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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Queens of the Crime Novel

The Huffington Post recently compiled a list of the greatest female authors of crime fiction ("Thirteen Female Mystery Writers," Aug. 16, 2102).  The four classic “Queens of Crime” are included: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh and Margery Allingham, but more contemporary writers appear, as well.  Here are a few from the list and samples of their best work:

Patricia Cornwall,  Postmortem

Laurie R. King, The Language of Bees

Val McDermid, The Wire in the Blood

Ruth Rendell,  A Sight for Sore Eyes

1 comment:

Barb Goffman said...

Laurie King will be the guest of honor at the next Malice Domestic convention, which will be held in Bethesda, MD next May. Malice is a 25-year-old convention that celebrates the traditional mystery. We invite crime fiction fans, and especially fans of Laurie King, to check out our website:

-Barb Goffman
Program Chair
Malice Domestic
(Also a Fairfax County resident)