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An Unsuitable Job For A Woman

Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451697767
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An Unsuitable Job for a Woman introduces bestselling mystery author P.D. James’s courageous but vulnerable young detective, Cordelia Gray, in a “top-rated puzzle of peril that holds you all the way” (The New York Times). Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent of murder.

P D James S Cordelia Gray Mysteries

Author: P.D. James
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501117564
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Private investigator Cordelia Gray inherits the Pryde Detective Agency in London and solves mysteries after her boss’s suicide in this compelling ebook collection that includes An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

In Murderous Company

Author: P. D. James
Publisher: Outlet
ISBN: 9780517072288
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The incomparable, bestselling mystery writer P.D. James displays her brilliant English detective skills in a triple-scoop of murder novels written in the grand tradition and featuring the dashing detective Adam Dalgliesh: Unnatural Causes, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and The Black Tower.

New Perspectives On Detective Fiction

Author: Casey Cothran
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317435249
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This collection establishes new perspectives on the idea of mystery, as it is enacted and encoded in the genre of detective fiction. Essays reclaim detective fiction as an object of critical inquiry, examining the ways it shapes issues of social destabilization, moral ambiguity, reader complicity, intertextuality, and metafiction. Breaking new ground by moving beyond the critical preoccupation with classification of historical types and generic determinants, contributors examine the effect of mystery on literary forms and on readers, who experience the provocative, complex process of coming to grips with the unknown and the unknowable. This volume opens up discussion on publically acclaimed, modern works of mystery and on classic pieces, addressing a variety of forms including novels, plays, graphic novels, television series, films, and ipad games. Re-examining the interpretive potential of a genre that seems easily defined yet has endless permutations, the book closely analyzes the cultural function of mystery, the way it intervenes in social and political problems, as well as the literary properties that give the genre its particular shape. The volume treats various texts as meaningful subjects for critical analysis and sheds new light on the interpretive potential for a genre that creates as much ambiguity as it does clarity. Scholars of mystery and detective fiction, crime fiction, genre studies, and cultural studies will find this volume invaluable.

The Mystery Fancier Vol 1 No 5 September 1977

Author: Guy M. Townsend
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434403866
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The Mystery Fancier, Volume 1 Number 5, September 1977, contains: "Piercing the Closed Circle: The Technique of Point of View in Works by P. D. James," by Jane S. Bakerman, "Fear and Loathing With the Lone Wolf," by George Kelley, "The Avon Classic Crime Collection," by Jeff Meyerson, and "The Nero Wolfe Saga, Part III," by Guy M. Townsend.

Women Times Three

Author: Kathleen Gregory Klein
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 9780879726829
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This volume explores the range of relationships among women writers, women detectives and women-centered mystery fiction, and women readers. Focusing on writers as diverse as Sara Paretsky, Joan Hess, Sarah Caudwell, P.D. James, Katherine V. Forrest, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Sue Grafton, D.R. Meredith, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Barbara Wilson, the authors analyze the development of detective fiction with a different agenda: the woman-authored woman detective. Examined through the eyes of actual and hypothetical women readers of the genre, these eleven essays concentrate new attention on the trio of reader, writer, and text when all three are modified by the terms "woman" and "mystery." The first essay collection to propose this gender and genre specific analysis, Women Times Three offers its readers a careful theoretical and critical investigation of both historical and contemporary models of consistently "new" mystery fiction. The essays' authors are not only widely published scholar-critics of mystery/detective fiction but also dedicated fans of the genre. Familiar with the full scope of mystery fiction, they bring insight and enthusiasm to their writing.

Detective Agency

Author: Priscilla L. Walton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520921467
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Since the late 1970s, a subgenre of crime fiction, written by women and featuring a professional woman investigator, has exploded on the popular fiction market. Priscilla L. Walton and Manina Jones focus on this recent proliferation of women writers of detective fiction, providing the first book-length study of the historical and societal changes that fueled this popularity, along with insightful and entertaining readings of the texts themselves. Walton and Jones place the genre within its aesthetic, social, and economic contexts, reading it as an index of cultural beliefs. Addressing the ways that Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, Marcia Muller, and others work through the conventions of the "hard-boiled" genre made popular by writers such as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Mickey Spillane, the authors show how the male hard-boiled tradition has been challenged and transformed. Issues of child, spousal, and sexual abuse are more likely to surface in women's detective novels, the authors show, and female sleuths face many of the same dilemmas as those who read about them—everyday problems with relationships, parenting, and money. Detective Agency also integrates interviews with authors and publishers, reader surveys, publication data, and analysis of internet discussion groups to present a fascinating picture of the "industry" of women's detective fiction. Authors of these works are powerful players in the publishing system as well as agents of cultural intervention, Walton and Jones claim. They conclude by examining the rise of female detectives in television and film.

Popular Culture And Acquisitions

Author: Linda S Katz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317940040
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Here is an accessible book containing strategies to help librarians expand their popular culture collections in an organized manner. Many publications explain why libraries should collect popular culture materials; this one explains how. Packed full of useful information, Popular Culture and Acquisitions provides numerous practical approaches to collecting this ever-expanding, often unwieldy mass of information. It aids both beginning and experienced librarians as they sort through the vast array of materials available to them. Discussions ranging from what to collect and how to collect it to what to do with the material once it’s obtained give librarians solid information on how to establish cohesive popular culture collections. Chapters provide first-hand advice on: the importance of collection development policies problems of budgets, storage, and preservation working with donors methods of resource sharing what to collect, for whom, and for what purposes the struggle for legitimacy competition from collectors and fans locating obscure acquisitions or review sources Popular Culture and Acquisitions also includes chapters on how to acquire specific types of popular culture materials, such as children’s series books, comic books, mystery and detective fiction, popular recordings, romance novels, and tabloids. Librarians attempting to collect such materials systematically will find this book to be an invaluable guide for their efforts.