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The Big Book of Female Detectives
The Big Book of Female Detectives | Otto Penzler
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Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler's new anthology brings together the most cunning, resourceful, and brilliant female sleuths in mystery fiction. A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original. For the first time ever, Otto Penzler gathers the most iconic women of the detective canon over the past 150 years, captivating and surprising readers in equal measure. The 74 handpicked stories in this collection introduce us to the most determined of gumshoe gals, from debutant detectives like Anna Katharine Green's Violet Strange to spinster sleuths like Mary Roberts Rinehart's Hilda Adams, from groundbreaking female cops like Baroness Orczy's Lady Molly to contemporary crime-fighting P.I.s like Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone, and include indelible tales from Agatha Christie, Carolyn Wells, Edgar Wallace, L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Sara Paretsky, Nevada Barr, Linda Barnes, Laura Lippman, and many more.
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kspenmoll
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Now that I finished Miss Marple‘s short stories, I have turned to this big tome. It too will be beside my bed for occasional night time reading for several months! It covers 150 years of such mystery stories.

LeahBergen Ooo, lovely! 9mo
Bklover I‘ve seen this book at the bookstore and it looks fascinating! 9mo
BiblioLitten Nice! 9mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! On this massive anthology, edited by the mystery genre‘s legendary Otto Penzler (owner of #NYC‘s Mysterious Bookshop), you‘ll find 74 stories spanning 150 years of publication, all of them having females in the starring roles, whether groundbreaking police officers to hard-boiled P.I.s. Christie, Lippman, Paretsky, Orczy, Grafton, are among those who have stories included. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

kspenmoll I have this but is so big I have to sit to read! Great collection! 3y
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Simona
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This big book (1136 pages) is collection of short stories (and few novellas) over the past 150 years, where main character is female trying to resolve some kind of mystery, murder, robbery ... Each story begins with short introduction of the author and where/when story was first published. I didn‘t enjoy in all of them, but the collection as a whole is very interesting and good overview of female characters (and their development) in this genre.

Cinfhen Did u read the WHOLE BOOK???? 🙌🏻💕😘 4y
Simona @Cinfhen Of course I did, and I don‘t regret it! A month and a half of hard work 🤓😘 4y
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Cinfhen Of course YOU DID ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
4thhouseontheleft Wow! I think you win for longest book for this prompt! 🙌🏽🙌🏽 4y
Crazeedi What a cool book!!!! 4y
Simona @4thhouseontheleft I think that this is gonna be the longest book in this year, for me. 4y
Simona @Crazeedi It is, but a little heavy to read it in bed. 4y
LeahBergen I have the Jack the Ripper collection from Otto Penzler. 👍🏻 4y
Simona @LeahBergen I've already 👁👁 at the Book Depository and at the moment I‘m in 🔥 for 4y
LeahBergen Oh, that one sounds good, too! 👍🏻 4y
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Simona
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While waiting for my friend, I‘m going to do some readathoning.

#24in28 #readathon

julesG Looks like a cozy morning. 4y
Simona @julesG It was❣️ Book, cat and coffee it‘s all I need. 4y
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Simona
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I hope that he didn‘t expected some royalties ...

gradcat That‘s hilarious...plus, I didn‘t know that! I love learning things about authors‘ private lives 😂😂😂 4y
LauraBeth 😂😂 further proof that writing is one of the healthiest outlets 4y
batsy Hard not to love that 😂😂 I'm going to have to read her books! 4y
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Bookgirl 🤣😂 4y
readordierachel Write what you know 😂😂 4y
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 4y
Simona @gradcat Each story has a short presentation of the author and this one is the best, so far. 4y
Simona @LauraBeth ... and this therapy is free! 4y
Simona @batsy I was thinking about that too... I‘ve never read any of her books yet. 4y
Simona @readordierachel In every bad thing is something good ... 4y
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Simona
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Seeing reading progress in the long, big book is so incredibly satisfying‼️

Naj That's impressive 👏 4y
BookBabe 🙌🏻 4y
tammysue 👏🏻👍🏻 4y
Simona @Naj @BookBabe @whatshesreadingnow I‘m quite sure that this will be my biggest book (1136 pages) in this year. 4y
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Simona
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Big book for looong night (first book for #Booked2019), while we are waiting for neighbors to burn all the firecrackers in the world 😠😡🤬

@hermyknee #readinthenewyear #currentlyreading

valeriegeary Oh no! Fire crackers are the worst! We used to have a dog who would go hide in our shower! 🙈 4y
Susannah Your poor animals! It‘s the same in my neighborhood. Once it‘s dark, the fireworks will gradually escalate until about 1am. 👎😡 4y
Simona @valeriegeary Close to the midnight I usually sit in bathroom with my dog and cat ... apparently the bathroom is the safest place in the house. 4y
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Simona @Susannah Same here ... it‘s like war between neighbors 😤 4y
MicheleinPhilly Same. In Phillly we play a game called “fireworks or gun shots.” 😡 4y
Simona @MicheleinPhilly What a thrilling game 🤬 4y
staci.reads Same here. Sounds like a battle zone 😡 4y
batsy I feel so bad for the dogs :( Luckily this year the fireworks in our area were pretty muted. 4y
Simona @staci.reads I hope that today will be peaceful, quite day.😞 4y
Simona @batsy I can tolerate and understand (to a certain degree) fireworks at midnight, but not the firecrackers through the day. 4y
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Jen2
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I didn‘t read all of the stories but this was such a fun book!!

Booksnchill Good to hear- I was looking at this one- have other Penzler compilations that I love to dip into! 4y
Cinfhen Perfect @BookNerd9906 😁 4y
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Amie
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It is completely reasonable to start this gigantic 1111 page book while also currently reading 5 other books, right?

Lindy Sure! Looks like this one will be easy to dip in and out of. 4y
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AmyStewart
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Went to @Powells today looking for inspiration. Found it.

tpixie Fun!! 4y
MMFinck Yes, you did! :) 4y
KTOHARA I'm new! Does it have Nancy Drew?🕰 4y
secofNOLA I've been wanting that book forever. 4y
lucyjohnson Test 4y
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MaGoose
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Just preordered the tagged book - as an ebook, this looks like a chunkster. Can't wait.

vivastory Penzler's bookstore is on my bucket list 4y
MaGoose @vivastory Mine too. 4y
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