Sharyn McCrumb's "Appalachian Ballad" novels feature a recurring cast of characters (wonderful characters), stories that combine a crime in the past with one in the present, and a lovely sense of place. My favorite is probably The Rosewood Casket. She also writes a series about a character named Elizabeth McPherson, which is totally different in style.
Five more authors I recommend: Kelli Stanley (who has two series going, one set in ancient Rome, one set in 1940s San Francisco); Carol O'Connell (her series heroine Kathy Mallory compares very favorably to Lisbeth Salander, if you liked The Millennium Trilogy, you'll like her books); Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (aka Carolyn Keene) The mother of both Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and the author who turned me into a lifelong mystery reader; Liza Cody (big fan of her Anna Lee series); Josephine Tey (her books are really timeless and there just aren't enough of them.)
Friday, August 19, 2011
In Praise of Women Crime Writers
Posted by Katherine Tomlinson at 12:42 PM
Labels: Sharyn McCrumb, SinC25
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