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.