One of the things I've tried to do for my tenth anniversary giveaways is to choose a little bit of everything from the various subgenres: police procedurals, cozies, historical mysteries, mysteries set in various parts of the world, and-- today's offering-- a book that harks back to the Golden Age of Crime.
The sixth book in my celebratory giveaway is Leslie S. Klinger's In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850 - 1917.
"Before Agatha Christie became the world’s Queen of Crime, she stood on the talented shoulders of the female crime authors who came before her. This splendid new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger brings these exceptional writers out of Christie’s shadow and back into the spotlight they deserve.
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."
It's been my personal experience that, if you're wanting to learn more about the writing during a specific time, anthologies like this are one of the best places to begin. (And Klinger is an excellent anthologist.) How can you win an autographed copy of In the Shadow of Agatha Christie? Here's all the information you'll need--
- Send an email to me-- kittlingbooks(at)gmail(dot)com
- The subject header of the email must read "10 Years, 10 Books, 10 Winners #6"
- The body of the email must include your name and mailing address.
Your entry must be posted by midnight (Arizona time), Friday, June 22. The winner will be notified and the book mailed later that same day.
Beware! If you don't follow all of the rules, your entry will not be included in the drawing, but there's one thing you don't have to worry about-- as soon as the winner's name has been drawn, all your names and addresses will be destroyed. (Spambots may love me, but I refuse to join their ranks!)
You can enter the drawing for each and every book, but you will be able to win only one. Ten years, ten books, ten winners. I want to distribute the wealth as evenly as I can among you all.
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