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

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 writer Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world?s best-selling mystery author, hailed as the ?Queen of Crime,?...

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Title:In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers: 1850-1917
Author:Leslie S. Klinger
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1681776308
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:356 pages pages

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

  • Leah
    Jan 29, 2018
    Short story collections just aren?t for me. Jojo Moyes? Paris for One and Other Stories couldn?t hold my interest; Rebecca Makkai?s Music for Wartime had its bright spots, but felt lackluster as a whole, Margaret Atwood?s Stone Mattress was a DNF. This one is totally on me, g...
  • Megan
    Nov 23, 2018
    This anthology of short mystery stories from neglected female authors is largely entertaining. The preface and short literary bios are informative but not overlong. Naturally, I found some of the stories more enjoyable or better-written than others, but none are terrible. ...
  • Kelly
    Jul 02, 2018
    I struggle rating anthologies -- do you judge it based on the thought that went into the collection, or the merit of the individual stories? Some combination of both? I'll opt for the latter. This was a pretty enjoyable hodge-podge of crime fiction by less-known female authors. It does...
  • Susan
    Jul 12, 2018
    Klinger has collected stories from the 19th and early 20th century, written by women at the dawn of the detective story, some before Sherlock Holmes. There's an informative note about the authors' careers before each story, with some idea of the historical importance of each. Not all o...
  • Debbie
    Oct 19, 2017
    "In the Shadow of Agatha Christie" is a collection of 16 short story mysteries that were originally published between 1850 and 1917. They were set in France, England, Australia, Austria, and America. Some of the stories were a person talking about a crime after it was solved, so it's m...
  • Annarella
    Nov 04, 2017
    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 rediscover some female writers who are unfortunately forgotten. Many thanks to Netg...
  • Kristin
    Mar 27, 2018
    I'm always a little leery of story collections because they usually have one or two stories that I enjoy and lots that I don't. This one was much better than that! There were one or two stories that didn't click with me, but overall I really enjoyed the collection and I'm hoping to fin...
  • Judy Lesley
    Nov 17, 2017
    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 book was interesting and successful. On a personal level the stories were not quite ...
  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    Dec 27, 2017
    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 incredibly knowledgeable. Yet, overall, the book suffered from the anthology curse: It ris...
  • Susan
    Dec 03, 2017
    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 ? not only Agatha Christie, but Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham and oth...
  • Eustacia Tan
    Sep 03, 2018
    I was intrigued by this book the minute I saw the title because I love Agatha Christie. In The Shadow of Agatha Christie is a collection of crime fiction by women writers who came before Christie. I?m not sure why it cuts off at 1917, but it does. There are sixteen stories in this...
  • Marchpane
    Jan 22, 2018
    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 'mysteries', but quite journalistic accounts of invented crimes, with a straightforwar...
  • Katherine
    Feb 24, 2018
    An interesting collection of short stories. ...
  • Kerrie
    Oct 08, 2018
    The thing that struck me as I read the small biographies for each of these pre-Golden Age female crime fiction writers was how prolific they were, how many novels each one of them had written, how much choice late Victorian readers would have had. Most of them were British, and fr...
  • Andréa
    Oct 02, 2017
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss. ...
  • Literary Portals
    Jan 14, 2018
    Review originally published on my blog: https://literaryportals.blogspot.com/... What Made Me Read It They had me at Agatha Christie. I've always been a huge fan of her work, both her crime stories and her literary novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Table of Contents T...
  • Tonya Mathis
    Mar 06, 2018
    I found some new authors to read. Now if only my library carries them or I can find them in e-book format. ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    Dec 20, 2017
    In the Shadow of Agatha Christie highlights female writers of crime fiction from 1850-1917. These writers opened the door for the golden age, 1920-1939, of detective fiction led by many female authors like Christie, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers. The introductio...
  • Thebooktrail
    Nov 03, 2017
    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 be able to write as she did? The women who paved the way for MsChristie. Well, this wa...
  • Syd
    Feb 08, 2018
    I go back to Agatha Christie time and time again. But I never manage to branch out to her contemporaries or those who came before her. I didn't enjoy any of the stories quite as much as I usually enjoy an Agatha Christie novel. But it was interesting to see more of the literay world...
  • Dale
    Dec 10, 2017
    The unsung heroines of detective fiction are honored? My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, Maia Larson, and new, to me anyway, Bowen Dunnan?for my advance reading copy of this book. Thanks so much! Agatha Christie has the honor of being the b...
  • Yibbie
    Oct 30, 2017
    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 Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Mrs. George Corbett, Catherine Louisa P...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    Oct 07, 2017
    For my 500th Review of 2017 I wanted something special to mark the occasion. With an upcoming movie based on one of Agatha Christie?s books and being a staunch supporter of female writers this seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. Recently I reviewed a short story collection from...
  • Artemis
    Oct 21, 2017
    I love Christie's books!!! Super excited to read this! ...
  • Ami
    Jan 02, 2018
    When you think of a collection of mysteries you tend to think of those that are either current authors, or perhaps the ones in collections of stories similar to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However Leslie Klinger has done a truly masterful job at piecing together this collection of masterp...
  • BookishSteph1
    Jan 30, 2018
    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, particularly shown in one of my favourites, The Blood-Red Cross by L. T. Meade (with...
  • Vintagebooklvr
    Sep 21, 2018
    Interesting to read about some of these early female writers of detective fiction. Some were quite prolific. The stories vary in quality and some are barley qualified as crime fiction. The style of writing around the mid-19th century is accounts for some a reader's enjoyment either fav...
  • Eric
    Oct 17, 2017
    Thank you to NetGalley and Pegasus Books for the digital ARC. I think the title of this might mislead some readers as there is nothing remotely Agatha Christie-like about these stories. They are interesting in themselves as a demonstration of the kind of crime fiction that existed b...
  • Cindy Ladensack
    Apr 11, 2018
    The collected stories are really of uneven quality, but five stars for including ?Jury of her Peers,? which is just a masterpiece. Still unfortunately relevant a century later, it is stunning in its understated portrayal of isolation; we never really think about or know what is hap...
  • Annie
    Nov 20, 2017
    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. Klinger has put together an excellent compilation of crime stories, a book definitely ...