femaledetective - A project to find the best mystery novels and thrillers featuring a female investigator.
Donna Leon - Donna Leon (born September 29, 1942) is an American author of a series of crime novels set in Venice and featuring the fictional hero Commissario Guido Brunetti. She has lived in Venice for twenty years. She has worked as a lecturer in English Literature for the University of Maryland University College - Europe (UMUC-Europe) in Italy and then as a Professor and a writer. Some years ago, Donna Leon stopped teaching and has concentrated on writing and other cultural activities in the field of music (especially Baroque music). Her crime novels are all situated in or near Venice. They are written in English and translated into many foreign languages, although not (by her request Italian. Friends in High Places won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger in 2000. Also see official site. A listing of the Brunetti novels:
Death at La Fenice (1992)
Death in a Strange Country (1993)
The Anonymous Venetian (1994) aka Dressed for Death
A Venetian Reckoning (1995) aka Death and Judgment
Acqua Alta (1996) aka Death in High Water
The Death of Faith (1997) aka Quietly in Their Sleep
Felony & Mayhem - An American book publisher specializing in re-issues of out-of-print mystery novels, first paperback editions of books previously published in hardcover, and U.S. editions of books that initially came out overseas. Owner and founder: Maggie Topkis.
Jules Maigret - A fictional police detective, created by writer Georges Simenon. Seventy-five novels and twenty-eight short stories about Maigret were published between 1931 and 1972, starting with Pietr-le-Leton (The Case of Peter the Lett) and concluding with Maigret et Monsieur Charles (Maigret and Monsieur Charles). Also see Simenon's Inspector Maigret.
MacLehose Press - Devoted to the translation of literature and crime fiction into English. This press has broken new ground with the success of the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and many other critically acclaimed books including translations from Italian, Spanish, Polish, Icelandic, French, and Arabic.
Mystery News - Entertaining guide to the latest mystery books, writers, and events.
Mystery Readers International (MRI) - MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers. Started by Janet A. Rudolph in Berkeley, California, it now has members in all 50 of the United States and 18 foreign countries. Members vote each year to nominate and select the winners of the Macavity Award.
Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (MWA) - The premier organization for mystery writers and other professionals in the mystery field. MWA watches developments in legislation and tax law, sponsors symposia and mystery conferences, presents the Edgar Awards, and provides information for mystery writers.
Nicolas Freeling - British crime novelist, best known as the author of the Van der Valk and Henri Castang series of detective novels.
Simenon's Inspector Maigret - Jules Maigret, known as (Commissaire) Maigret to most people, including his wife, is a fictional police detective, created by writer Georges Simenon. Some of his trademark features are his pipes, his mixed approach to detecting (at times relying on pure intuition, at times on method), and his fondness for alcohol. Often during an investigation, he will step into a small cafe or bar for a drink and possibly a light lunch. His drink of choice is beer or cider, though he has also been known to drink pastis as well as wine at dinner or when it is the only thing available. This is not to say that he is a drunk, as it is a matter of personal pride that he can hold his liquor, and would be deeply embarrassed if he allowed himself to get intoxicated. Maigret often wears a heavy overcoat, even when traveling to the Riviera - a fact which leads people unfamiliar with him to mark him instantly as a policeman.
Sjowall and Wahloo (Wikipedia) - A well known husband and wife team of detective writers from Sweden. Together they conceived and wrote a series of ten novels (police procedurals) about the exploits of detectives from the the special homicide commission of the national police in which the character of Martin Beck was the main protagonist. The decalogue of Sjowall-Wahloo, written in the sixties and seventies, is nothing less than the Holy Grail of modern Scandinavian crime fiction, a chronicle of the painful creation of modern society. More information on the authors and their books here.
Spinetingler - Publishes crime ficiton as well as news and reviews.
ThePulp.Net - Guide to the online world of pulp magazines: The Shadow, Night Master, Doc Savage, Man of Bronze, Spider, Master of Men, Walter Gibson, Maxwell Grant, Kenneth Robeson, Lester Dent, Grant Stockbridge, Norvell Page, R.T.M. Scott, paperbacks, old time radio, Avenger, Argosy, Frank Munsey, Tarzan.
Violent World of Parker, The - Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake) is an excellent writer and his Parker books are exciting and thought-provoking. Like all great crime fiction, the Parker novels give readers not just the story of a crime, but also a detailed look at the inner workings of a fascinating and original character.
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