In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850-1917

In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850-1917 Review

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s best-selling mystery author, hailed as the “Queen of Crime,” with worldwide sales in the billions. Christie burst onto the literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career longer than even Conan Doyle’s forty-year span.


The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia that the doors were finally opened for women crime-writers. Authors who followed them, such as Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless work of their predecessors—and the genre would be much poorer for their absence. So while Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who came before her—and inspired her—and who are now removed from her shadow once and for all by this superb new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger.

Featuring: Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Corbett, C. L. Pirkis, Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, L. T. Meade, Baroness Orczy, Augusta Großer, M. E. Graddon, Anna Katherine Green, Carolyn Wells, Susan Glashell

Title:In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850-1917

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Susan

    This collection of classic crime fiction by forgotten authors, from 1850-1917, highlights some of the female authors of that period who were the forerunners of the great Golden Age crime authors – n...

  • Annie

    A great book for the crime loving reader. The author gives an excellent introduction and mentions authors that I had not even heard of before, some I'd heard of but had never read any of their books. ...

  • Judy Lesley

    Thank you to NetGalley and Pegasus Books for a digital galley of this book.From the standpoint of learning about the roles women played in writing crime fiction published between 1850 and 1917 this bo...

  • Marchpane

    Although this collection invokes the name of Agatha Christie (in big letters on the cover), the stories themselves do not adhere to the typical Christie structure and style. Many of them are not even ...

  • Thebooktrail

    Every great crime writer and reader loves Agatha Christie - she is the Queen of Crime,and many writers today are still inspired by her.But what about the writers who came before her and helped her to ...

  • Yibbie

    Klinger has done a wonderful job of bringing together a collection of forgotten gems of early crime fiction. Before Agatha Christie there was Catherine Crowe, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Helena F...

  • Melanie

    It is not often that I enjoy a foreword, but this book has probably one of the best forewords ever. Klinger clearly has researched the field of female crime fiction writers in great detail and is incr...

  • BookishSteph1

    I really enjoyed this collection and how varied the stories and themes are, as well as the variation of authors each with something new to offer with a growing ingenuity in the latter half of the book...

  • Katherine

    An interesting collection of short stories....

  • Annarella

    A very good collection of short stories of women mystery writer who wrote before Agatha Christie. Most of them are unknown to most of people but their stories are an interesting reading.A good way to ...