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.