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Annotation:Many consider Agatha Christie the grand dame of Mysteries for her clever, complex plots. She also laid the foundation for the "fair play" mystery: No clues are hidden from the reader, so with careful attention it is possible to solve the mystery. - Novelist
Annotation:Susan Wittig Albert is a versatile writer of three distinct Cozy Mystery series, all of which feature an interesting mix of colorful characters, multiple puzzles leading to ingenious plot twists, and carefully researched, richly described settings. - Novelist
Annotation:Rita Mae Brown writes witty, clever mysteries and mainstream fiction with a strong sense of place and memorable, if quirky, characters. - Novelist
Annotation:Edgar Award-winning novelist Dana Stabenow writes intricately plotted, witty, and atmospheric mysteries set in Alaska.
Annotation:Anna Katharine Green was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel"
Annotation:Patricia Cornwell changed the Mystery genre with lead character, Kay Scarpetta, whose role as forensic anthropologist pioneered a new perspective on crime and detection while capitalizing on the growing popularity of female detectives. - Novelist
Annotation:While Inspector Gamache is the main attraction here, Penny's fans also enjoy her cast of secondary characters, especially the residents of Three Pines. Penny's settings have a timeless feel, and the tone of her novels is that of hope and resilience despite adversity. -Novelist
Annotation: Marsh's books contain many key elements -- including an aristocratic series sleuth, enclosed circle of suspects, and an absence of graphic violence and language -- found in mysteries written during the Golden Age of Crime, but Marsh put her own distinct stamp on the genre. -Novelist
Annotation:Mary Roberts Rinehart is best known for her "Had I But Known" novels of mystery and suspense, in which a female protagonist narrates the story ending each chapter with a cliffhanger revelation about further dangers to come. -Novelist
Annotation:Millar has long been an acknowledged master of psychological suspense (she received the Edgar Award in 1956 and the Grand Masters Award of the Mystery Writers of America in 1983). -Novelist
Annotation:Readers who enjoy classic British mysteries but want a more realistic, contemporary story will enjoy James. She deftly explores modern-day murders prompted by old-fashioned motives. - Novelist