Stocking Stuffers for Women in Crime Fiction

The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Aside from the pleasure of reading a good book, I really enjoy paying for it at a reduced price. It doesn’t matter if the book is a gift for me or for a friend, the bigger the sale, the greater sense of confidence I have in my powers to analyse the market and make an informed (or perhaps serendipitous) purchase.

That’s why I thought I’d post the reading list for The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction, running January 24th- March 28th 2013(enroll at the University of Liverpool Continuing Education by the 14th of January). Aside from getting crime fiction fans interested in the books we’ll be reading, I thought I’d nudge wives, husbands and partners in the book-lovers’ direction by offering some suggestions and encourage bargain hunters like myself to start surveying the lay of the shopping land.

Here they are

Leigh Brackett, No Good from a Corpse

Vera Caspary, Laura

Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley

Alexander McCall Smith, No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Erle Stanley Gardner (A.A. Fair), The Bigger They Come

Sara Peretsky, Indemnity Only

Marcia Muller, Edwin of the Iron Shoes

Barabara Neely, Blanche on the Lam

Megan Abbott, Die a Little

Janet Evanovich, One for the Money

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