“Murder, She Wrote”

This semi-academic discussion about Agatha Christie and her detectives is a brief introduction to the mystery genre. By comparing Christie to her male contemporaries it outlines the broad distinctions between what have come to be called “cozies” and “hard boiled” mystery stories. I like the comparisons to Shakespeare’s plots. And I’ve heard a few people say Christie was the inspiration for Cabot Cove’s Jessica Fletcher (although there is an argument for P.D. James, too).

Miss Marple vs. the Mansplainers: Agatha Christie’s Feminist Detective Hero


Shades of noir

Chicago author Libby Fischer Hellman just released her latest novel, Nobody’s Child, last week. She writes mysteries and thrillers and is a great supporter of other writers. She was a panelist at the Writers Block Party* last Saturday, sharing tips with new and aspiring writers.
Here is a post from her blog about dark mysteries.

Crime Novels: How Dark is Dark by Libby Hellmann


*More on that later.