Another Week of the Sisters in Crime Challenge

September 5, 2011

At Petrona, Maxine Clarke takes the “easy” challenge with panache, highlighting a writer who immediately went on my “to be read” list as a result – Unity Dow, who writes about Botswana in a tone that is utterly different than the charming world of Alexander McCall Smith’s popular series. While she is at it, Maxine commends to readers the Australian publisher Spinifex, an independent and feminist press that sounds very interesting indeed. She has five more writers to recommend who have the same dark edge as Dow. (Maxine is extremely well-read in the genre and often contributes reviews to Euro Crime.)  While you’re at it, why not check out Bernadette’s review of Unity’ Dow’s The Screaming of the Innocent at Reactions to Reading?

For contrast, at The Bunburyist, Elizabeth Foxwell highlights five women who can put a smile on your face (while solving a murder or two).

Jose Ignacio Escribano continues using his Europass to visit Denmark and check in with Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, who has some insightful things to say about the cozy mystery.

And I post my fourth challenge author, Reggie Nadelson.

This is fun! Why not join in? And just a reminder, Sisters in Crime will be celebrating its first quarter century of advocacy for women writers in the genre at Bouchercon 2011. See you in St. Louis.


More from the Challenge

August 28, 2011

Jose Ignacio Escribano, who bolted out of the gate before anyone else last week, continues his pace with a post on women writers from the Netherlands. He chose to take a stand in Maastricht in part because he is engaged in a book biathalon – two book challenges at once! If you enjoy a challenge, you can catch up with the Crime Fiction on a Europass as they visit Denmark.

At Kattomic Energy, Katherine Tomlinson (Kat Parrish) has wrapped up her challenge with three posts. The first of these is on Edna Buchanan’s memoirs about reporting on crime, Ann Rule, and several true crime writers. The second is about Patricia Cornwell’s first book, Postmortem, and the case that inspired it. In the third she does something many of us could do – she looks over the books on her TBR (to be read) shelves, and discovers a number by women writers, books she looks forward to reading. What’s fun about these posts is the personal stories she includes. Kattomic Energy generates a lot of blogging power.

At the Bunburyist, Elizabeth Foxwell joins the challenge, recalling five women authors who “left us too soon”  – Dorothy Bowers, Sarah Caudwell, Kate Ross, Rebecca Rothenberg, and Barbara Burnett Smith, all fine writers who died too young.

Norm at Crime Scraps begins his challenge with a challenge – a poll on which writer from a Nordic country is one’s favorite. This really is a challenge. (I voted for a writer who will be the subject of a future blog post.)

At Severn House, Susanna Gregory writes about Anne Perry for the challenge and has five more women writers to recommend.  Judith Cutler writes about Amy Myers – and recommendations to make, too.

And I tried to figure out just what it is about Kate Atkinson that works so brilliantly for me – and, of course, have further recommendations. If your TBR isn’t feeling the pressure, we’re not trying hard enough.


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