Leading Ladies of Mystery, Past and Present

Today, AARP: The Magazine published my quick reviews of two new books that together offer intriguing looks at both the history of and the craft behind some of the best British mystery fiction of the last century. With Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, John Curran delivers an often playful study of the exercise books in which Dame Agatha worked out the characters, plots, settings and more of her many books. And in Talking About Detective Fiction, Dame James does… well, just that: surveying a lifetime of great mystery novels, both others and her own. Check out the full reviews here.

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