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, Fiction, Anthologies, Classics

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...
  • Marchpane
    Although this collection invokes the name of Agatha Christie (in big letters on the cover), the stories themselves do not adhere to the typical Christie structure and style. Many of them are not even 'mysteries', but quite journalistic accounts of invented crimes, with a straightforward reporting of what happened, who did it and how the authorities solved it. This in itself was very interesting - what was the appetite for these stories in crime m...
  • 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...
  • BookishSteph1
    I really enjoyed this collection and how varied the stories and themes are, as well as the variation of authors each with something new to offer with a growing ingenuity in the latter half of the book, particularly shown in one of my favourites, The Blood-Red Cross by L. T. Meade (with assistance from Robert Eustace, a doctor) which uses an excellent bit of science. Some of my other favourites include The Statement of Jared Johnson by Geraldine B...
  • 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 ...
  • Leah
    Short story collections just aren’t for me. Jojo Moyes’ Paris for One and Other Stories couldn’t hold my interest; Rebecca Makkai’s Music for Wartime had its bright spots, but felt lackluster as a whole, Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress was a DNF. This one is totally on me, going in I KNEW short stories collection and anthologies just aren’t my thing, but I was so hopeful and excited that I didn’t care. ..and that led to another DNF...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    For my 500th Review of 2017 I wanted something special to mark the occasion. With an upcoming movie based on one of Agatha Christie’s books and being a staunch supporter of female writers this seemed like the perfect way to celebrate. Recently I reviewed a short story collection from the mystery genre that covered stories across 150 years yet only around 5% of the book was devoted to female writers despite the fact they have made their own mark...
  • Dale
    The unsung heroines of detective fiction are honored… My thanks to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, Maia Larson, and new, to me anyway, Bowen Dunnan—for my advance reading copy of this book. Thanks so much!Agatha Christie has the honor of being the best selling detective fiction author. Her characters of Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple are known the world over. Her works are translated into many languages and have ...
  • Diane Hernandez
    In the Shadow of Agatha Christie highlights female writers of crime fiction from 1850-1917. These writers opened the door for the golden age, 1920-1939, of detective fiction led by many female authors like Christie, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers. The introduction gives a comprehensive history of pre-golden age female writers. Unfortunately, not all are represented in the sixteen stories in this book. Here is the list of st...
  • Ami
    When you think of a collection of mysteries you tend to think of those that are either current authors, or perhaps the ones in collections of stories similar to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. However Leslie Klinger has done a truly masterful job at piecing together this collection of masterpieces that are not only influential and on par with Agatha Christie, but I'm sure of writers today. Each one has a unique voice, and has been seemingly shadowed by ...
  • Cindy Ladensack
    The collected stories are really of uneven quality, but five stars for including “Jury of her Peers,” which is just a masterpiece. Still unfortunately relevant a century later, it is stunning in its understated portrayal of isolation; we never really think about or know what is happening behind our neighbors’ doors. I wish this story was more widely read. One other note, I find it interesting that many of the stories weren’t centered on m...
  • Kristin
    I'm always a little leery of story collections because they usually have one or two stories that I enjoy and lots that I don't. This one was much better than that! There were one or two stories that didn't click with me, but overall I really enjoyed the collection and I'm hoping to find some more published stories by most of the authors. My only quibble was with the introduction, where the editor spent several pages in a book about female crime w...
  • Syd
    I go back to Agatha Christie time and time again. But I never manage to branch out to her contemporaries or those who came before her.I didn't enjoy any of the stories quite as much as I usually enjoy an Agatha Christie novel. But it was interesting to see more of the literay world she stepped into. That being said, you don't have to be a Christie fan to enjoy these stories.
  • Tonya Mathis
    I found some new authors to read. Now if only my library carries them or I can find them in e-book format.
  • Sarahkuzma
    I enjoyed this compilation but feel that the title is misleading. By and large these authors were forebears of Agatha Christie, not contemporaries.
  • Mary Hall
    Interesting to see the progression of the detective story up to Christie.
  • Melissa
    This is certainly a way to see how mystery/detective stories improved over time as the earliest ones were very minimal and not much detection in them.
  • Kelly
    A great collection...I learned about a lot of amazing women and have a whole list of new authors to check out. Even the intro was great.
  • Pat
    interesting short stories writen by women in the era of Agatha Christie. Their background information was informative and a view into the struggle of women of that era.
  • Helen
    Agatha Christie is an author most people have heard of, whether or not they’ve ever read any of her books. Ask someone to think of a female crime writer and she is probably the first name that will come to mind. Christie’s first novel, though, wasn’t published until 1920 – and she was by no means the first woman to write in the crime genre. This new collection of short stories, edited by Leslie S. Klinger, features some of the lesser know...
  • rabbitprincess
    3.5 rounded up