Sisters in Crime: Early Crime and Mystery Stories by Women
Paperback | Jul 2013 | Peter Owen Publishers | 9780720615166 | 224pp | 184x129mm | GEN | AUD$19.99, NZD$24.99
Many of the leading writers of crime fiction are women – Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell et al – but it still comes as a surprise to many that the first full-length detective novel was by one Metta Fuller whose The Dead Letter, under the alias Seeley Regester, appeared as far back as 1866, predating Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone by two years. In fact, women writers were instrumental in developing the new genre of detective fiction. This anthology selects stories from the late Victorian and Edwardian era including an early private woman detective and a story by the Australian writer Mary Fortune who had written over 500 detective novels by the time Edward VII came to the throne.