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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Talking About Detective Fiction, P.D. James

The queen of crime here writes a book about crime writing.

She discusses the history of detective fiction. Was The Moonstone the first mystery? She discusses the practitioners of detective fiction, from Dorothy L. Sayers to Sara Paretsky, from Arthur Conan Doyle to Dashiell Hammet. She discusses the processes of writing detective fiction.

I thoroughly enjoyed surveying the field of mystery novels with James.

But I really must stop reading books about books, or I'll never shorten my TBR list.


  1. I keep hearing about this book... Hope my library has it.

  2. Hopeinbrazil, I really liked it. I expect it wouldn't appeal to those who are disinterested in detective fiction. I can't imagine my husband reading it, for instance.