In the Shadow of Agatha Christie by Leslie S. Klinger

In the Shadow of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s best-selling mystery author, hailed as the “Queen of Crime,” with worldwide sales in the billions. Christie burst onto the literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career longer than even Conan Doyle’s forty-year span.The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, ...

Details In the Shadow of Agatha Christie

TitleIn the Shadow of Agatha Christie
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreMystery, Short Stories, Crime, Historical Mystery, Anthologies

Reviews In the Shadow of Agatha Christie

  • Susan
    This collection of classic crime fiction by forgotten authors, from 1850-1917, highlights some of the female authors of that period who were the forerunners of the great Golden Age crime authors – not only Agatha Christie, but Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham and others. Each of the featured authors is given a potted biography, putting them and their work in context, which is followed by a short story, which is representative o...
  • Annie
    A great book for the crime loving reader. The author gives an excellent introduction and mentions authors that I had not even heard of before, some I'd heard of but had never read any of their books. Klinger has put together an excellent compilation of crime stories, a book definitely worth reading.Many thanks to Netgalley for the advanced digital copy.
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Pegasus Books for a digital galley of this book.From the standpoint of learning about the roles women played in writing crime fiction published between 1850 and 1917 this book was interesting and successful. On a personal level the stories were not quite as engaging as a whole for me. I did not reach for pen and paper even once to jot down the name of an author I wanted to explore further. The premise of this book is to...
  • Thebooktrail
    Every great crime writer and reader loves Agatha Christie - she is the Queen of Crime,and many writers today are still inspired by her.But what about the writers who came before her and helped her to be able to write as she did? The women who paved the way for MsChristie. Well, this was a lovely set of stories,a good collection of some cosy ones, police led ones, and a variety of crimes and victims too. I hadn't heard of all the writers in the bo...
  • Yibbie
    Klinger has done a wonderful job of bringing together a collection of forgotten gems of early crime fiction. Before Agatha Christie there was Catherine Crowe, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Helena Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Mrs. George Corbett, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith, Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozalia Maria Jozefa Borbala Orczy de Orci, Augusta Groner, Mary Eli...
  • Melanie
    It is not often that I enjoy a foreword, but this book has probably one of the best forewords ever. Klinger clearly has researched the field of female crime fiction writers in great detail and is incredibly knowledgeable. Yet, overall, the book suffered from the anthology curse: It rises or falls with the weaker stories and there are quite a few week stories. Clearly not Klinger's fault, after all, the output of those ladies is not his responsibi...
  • Annarella
    A very good collection of short stories of women mystery writer who wrote before Agatha Christie. Most of them are unknown to most of people but their stories are an interesting reading.A good way to rediscover some female writers who are unfortunately forgotten.Many thanks to Netgalley and Pegasus Books for giving me the change to review this book.
  • Debbie
    "In the Shadow of Agatha Christie" is a collection of 16 short story mysteries that were originally published between 1850 and 1917. They were set in France, England, Australia, Austria, and America. Some of the stories were a person talking about a crime after it was solved, so it's more a "crime story" than a "mystery." The stories that followed someone as they solved a mystery were usually pretty straight-forward and involved few clues. Short ...
  • Eric
    Thank you to NetGalley and Pegasus Books for the digital ARC.I think the title of this might mislead some readers as there is nothing remotely Agatha Christie-like about these stories. They are interesting in themselves as a demonstration of the kind of crime fiction that existed before World War One, whether written by men or women: I do not think that there is a particularly feminine slant to these.Nor are some of these authors as neglected as ...