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Investigating Women

Female Detectives by Canadian Writers: An Eclectic Sampler

edited by David Skene-Melvin

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category: Fiction
published: 1995
publisher: Dundurn Press

Meet some fascinating females:

  • Jennie Baxer, 1890s journalist and world traveller
  • Nelvana of the Northern Lights, created for comic book-starved Canadians during the Second World War
  • the 60s’ Eve Adam, the "Rock Hit of Prague," whose methods violate all the "rules" for detective books
  • and, very much of the 1990s, vampire detective Vicki Nelson, whose beat is Toronto’s Queen Street West

As well as the fifteen investigating women in the book, Skene-Melvin’s introduction describes hundreds of female sleuths and their creators in an in-depth analysis of women detective fiction by Canadians.

You will recognize many of the writers included in Investigating Women: Grant Allen, Robert Barr, Marisa De Franceschi, Adrian Dingle, Katherine V. Forrest, Hulbert Footner, Maurice Gagnon, Margaret Haffner, Joan Hall Hovey, Tanya Huff, Medora Sale, Josef Skvorecky, and Betsy Struthers.

For each of the selections a brief note sets the story; bibliographies help readers find other books by the authors featured in Investigating Women.

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About the Author

David Skene-Melvin

Dr. David Skene-Melvin is the dean of anthologizers of Canadian criminous short fiction and has previously edited Crime in a Cold Climate, Investigating Women, and Bloody York. He is also the compiler of Canadian Crime Fiction 1817-1996.

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