By Vera Caspary
Lengthy ahead of determined Housewives, there has been Bedelia: beautiful, extremely femme, and “adoring as a kitten.” an ideal housekeeper and lover, she wishes not anything greater than to thrill her insecure new husband, who can’t think his success. yet is Bedelia too solid to be precise? A mysterious new neighbor seems to be a detective at the path of a “kitten with claws of steel”—a picture-perfect spouse with a string of useless husbands in her wake.
Caspary builds this story to a height of mental suspense as her characters are trapped jointly through a snow fall. the genuine Bedelia, the girl who selected homicide over a lifestyles in the street, finds how she turns male fantasies of superiority right into a lethal con.
Femmes Fatales restores to print the easiest of women’s writing within the vintage pulp genres of the mid-20th century. From secret to hard-boiled noir to taboo lesbian romance, those rediscovered queens of pulp supply subversive views on a turbulent period. benefit from the sequence: Bedelia; The Blackbirder; Bunny Lake Is lacking; via Cecile; The G-String Murders; the women in 3-B; In a Lonely position; Laura; mom unearths a physique; Now, Voyager; Skyscraper; Stranger on Lesbos; Women's Barracks.
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About the Author
Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated writer of 13 broadly praised books—twelve novels and a piece of nonfiction—including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers A Nail in the course of the center, The Fourth Watcher, respiring Water, and The Queen of Patpong. In 2010, Hallinan conceived and edited an book of unique brief tales through twenty secret writers, Shaken: tales for Japan, with a hundred% of the proceeds going to jap catastrophe aid.
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Sister Fidelma-an Eognacht princess and sister to the king of Cashel, a religieuse of the Celtic Church and an suggest of the Brehornn court-is essentially the most fascinating and compelling figures in modern secret fiction. during this number of brief mysteries, Tremayne fills in lots of of the history information of Fidelma and seventh-century eire now not present in the novels, and weaves his always-beguiling mixture of heritage and secret.
Publisher: Bella Books
Publication Date: 2008-12-02
Number of Pages: 201
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books, Goodreads
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Tori Hunter continuously labored solo, yet in Samantha Kennedy she came across a associate, in additional methods than one. Casey O'Connor isn't delighted to profit that she has a brand new accomplice at the approach. It's been challenging sufficient to transition from operating with dwell sufferers to useless ones. Now Leslie Turner goes to decelerate the method.
expert responsibility trumps own matters because the detectives specialize in their most modern case, a killer whose collection of sufferer is solitary girls. The research increases loads of questions round the killer's capability and possibilities. Leslie will be satisfied if the questions stopped there, yet she's additionally thinking about why she'd fairly spend time with those women--specifically Casey--than along with her fiance.
Casey might additionally prefer to stick with enterprise, yet because the case intensifies she reveals herself additionally gazing Tori and Sam and brooding about how they stability their public personas and personal passions. Figuring it out is a unnecessary workout, she tells herself, simply because that sort of lightning can't probably strike two times.
companions concludes the sequence that started with the chart-topping bestseller Hunter's method, and persevered with the Lambda Literary and Golden Crown finalist within the identify of the daddy -- with the scorching depth that simply Gerri Hill can convey.
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Author identify: Gerri Hill
Author Description: Gerri begun writing lesbian romance that allows you to amuse herself whereas snowed in a single wintry weather within the mountains of Colorado, and hasn't seemed again. Her first released paintings got here in 2000 with One summer season evening. Many extra romances have undefined, with the occasional homicide secret within the mix.
Gerri's love of nature and of being outside frequently makes its approach into her tales as her characters usually locate themselves in attractive average settings. while she isn't writing, Gerri and her longtime companion, Diane, are available at their domestic in East Texas, the place their vegetable backyard, orchard, and 5 acres of woods continue them busy. They proportion their lives with an ever-changing solid of bushy friends.
Her favourite hobbies contain tenting, climbing, birdwatching (though she insists she doesn't put on humorous hats but! ), images, and cooking. She collects issues nature deals, like an strange pinecone, colourful rocks, or an deserted chook feather. sunrise is her favourite time of day, the instant correct prior to dawn. .. (from the author's website)
Author URL: http://www. goodreads. com/author/show/129676
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Boys and men boast about their heterosexual exploits in school locker rooms and their adult equivalents, and men may be called upon at any time to defend themselves against implications that they are anything other than blatantly and enthusiastically heterosexual. The ubiquitous taunts of the schoolyard provide one means to assert heterosexual masculinity; crimes motivated by hatred of homosexuality provide a more extreme alternative. Gay men are disproportionately the victims of this kind of hate crime, and young white working-class men are the most common perpetrators.
2 Whatever other changes it has wrought, the women’s movement has not loosed a new breed of violent female criminals on society (Chesney-Lind and Irwin 2008; Lauritsen, Heimer, and Lynch 2009). So where does that leave gender? Emancipation theory in itself actually offers an account of the demise of gender; Adler and Simon contended that the women’s movement would take women beyond the social constraints of femininity, that liberation would make gender irrelevant. Given continuing substantial sex differences in arrests, must we return to biological accounts that link higher rates of criminality to masculine physical superiority?
In Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film, Kill Bill (and in its 2004 sequel—and in dozens of other films since), female characters stabbed, sliced, and decapitated their way through the film. Parodying a slogan of the women’s movement, one critic writing about the film put it this way: “The message from Hollywood is clear: You’ve come a long way, baby. Now kill someone” (Leland 2003). This message can be heard across the media spectrum. In video games players can become female characters and lay waste to entire planets.
Bedelia by Vera Caspary