‘Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 1950s’

1101-BKS-McDermid-1444859829678-jumboThis post was intended as a private note, a reminder of books I’m looking forward to reading soon. However I thought it might be of some interest to readers of this blog. I came  across ‘Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 1950s’ by Val McDermid, in The New York Times here. Which led me to Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s by Sarah Weinman and, next, to visit the special Women Crime Writers companion website for complete information on the eight novels and their authors, along with appreciations by contemporary writers and a wealth of contextual material. A website I recently discovered when looking for biographical information of some of these authors.

So far I’ve read ­Margaret Millar’s Beast in View, I’ve seen several times Laura directed by Otto Preminger and In a Lonely Place directed by Nicholas Ray, but I haven’t read the books and even though I’ve read several books by Patricia Highsmith –mainly all the Ripley’s in my pre-blog days– I I’ve not read The Blunderer.

The rest of the books are: Helen ­Eustis’s The Horizontal Man, ­Elisabeth Sanxay Holding’s The Blank Wall, Charlotte Armstrong’s Mischief, and Dolores Hitchens’s Fools’ Gold.

Stay tuned.

3 thoughts on “‘Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s and 1950s’”

  1. In a Lonely Place is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year – hope you enjoy! If you do, Hughes’ The Expendable Man is also brilliant.

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