The Cloak & Dagger Literary Society @ Sharon Public Library
October 2016: Femme Fatale
A list of authors begins on the right and continues at the bottom of the newsletter. Their author photo is labeled with their name plus the name of a Femme Fatale lead from their books. Please click on the author's name to view a bibliography of their best-known Femme Fatale series! Once there, you can also find biographical information as well as links to their other works.
Exploring the notion of the Femme Fatale
"If the great male detectives are archetypically loners, female detectives are doubly so. They are alienated both by entrenched male hierarchies at work and the Janus-like disjunction between their formidable professional personas and their vulnerable private lives. They have a special sensitivity to victims and a repressed compassion that fuels their zeal to see justice done. This multi-dimensionality makes for good writing and good reading. The dramatic potential is heightened because female detectives, without the physical strength of their male counterparts, have to be more resourceful, intelligent, and tactical to solve the case. The stories tend to focus as much on their character as on the whodunit."

--Anne Holt, Norwegian crime writer
Upcoming Meetings
All meetings of the Cloak & Dagger Literary Society begin at 3:00pm at the Sharon Public Library.

Police Procedurals

Holiday Murder & Mayhem
Interesting Links
Ariana Franklin
Adelia Aguilar
Helen Wells
Cherry Ames
Stephanie Barron
Jane Austen
Charlaine Harris
Lily Bard
Judith Campbell
Rev. Olympia Brown
Linda Castillo
Kate Burkholder
J.D. Robb
Eve Dallas
Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Rev. Clare Ferguson
Francine Mathews
Merry Folger
Val McDermid
Lindsey Gordon
Kate Brannigan

P.D. James
Cordelia Gray
Sandra Scoppettone
Lauren Laurano
Marcia Muller
Sharon McCone
Sue Grafton
Kinsey Milhone
Denise Mina
Alex Morrow
Laura Lippman
Tess Monaghan
Rhys Bowen
Her Royal Spyness
Molly Murphy
Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next
Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody
Anne Perry
Charlotte & Thomas Pitt
Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum
Precious Ramotswe
Carol Higgins Clark
Regan Reilly
Rizzoli & Isles
Kay Scarpetta
Diane Mott Davidson
Goldy Schulz
Kate Shugak
Carol Starkey
Joanne Fluke
Hannah Swensen
Jacobia Jake Triptree
Victoria Trumbull
Dorothy Sayers
Harriet Vane
Detective D.D. Warren
V.I. Warshawski
Thomas Perry
Jane Whitefield
Women's Murder Club
Sister Agatha
Carol Anne O'Marie
Sister Mary Helen
Kopp sisters
Books to Check Out
Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction
by Erika Janik

A lively exploration of the struggles faced by women in law enforcement and mystery fiction for the past 175 years, this book tells the story of women's very early place in crime fiction and their public crusade to transform policing. 
A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
by Kathryn Harkup

Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other crime fiction writer. Written by former research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different novel and investigates the poison used by the murderer.
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"G" is for Grafton: The World of Kinsey Millhone
by Natalie Hevener Kaufman & Carol McGinnis Kay

With the cooperation of Sue Grafton, who provided unprecedented access to her working journals, authors Kaufman and Kay have created a fully dimensional biography of Kinsey Millhone that will answer every question readers have ever had. 
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