Category Archives: Crime Fiction

Women in Scandinavian and British Crime Fiction

Last year in the course ‘The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction’, we examined female authors and female detectives in mainly American crime fiction, moving from the first women to make it in Hollywood like Leigh Brackett and Vera Caspary; … Continue reading

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Waterstone’s Classics: A Chance to Dip into Literature on your Lunch Hour

Waterstone’s Liverpool One organizes a series of free talks by academics from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University on Wednesdays from 1-2 pm. It’s a great chance to dip into a work you’ve always been curious about … Continue reading

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Women in Film Noir: A four week course

Reading quite a bit of hard-boiled detective fiction this semester has raised questions about its translation to film, in particular, classic film noir. In response to this, I will be running a short course: Women in Film Noir on Thursdays … Continue reading

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Book review: One for the Money

Here’s another great post by one of my students on the course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is the first novel in the Stephanie Plum series. Evanovich had previously written several … Continue reading

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Book Review: Leigh Brackett’s No Good From A Corpse

Below is another post from one of my students. If you have time to leave feedback, it would be much appreciated: Not very far into this book I thought to myself, this woman writes like a man. Before going any … Continue reading

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Book Review: Vera Caspary’s Laura

Below is a blog post written by one of the Continuing Education students on my course The Female Dick: Women in Crime Fiction.  Viewing the blog as a platform for critical analysis and discussion, I set ‘blog posts’ as assignments for … Continue reading

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Stocking Stuffers for Women in Crime Fiction

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 … Continue reading

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