A concise introduction on the history of female spies and detectives on TV precedes alphabetical entries on the series and characters covered. Major characters are accorded separate entries; secondary figures are cross referenced to the shows in which they appear. Coverage is limited to shows that have appeared on American television, whether network, cable, or syndicated. Thus, quite a few British plus some Canadian and Australian series are included. To be considered, a character must actually perform some investigative or espionage function; apparently this accounts for the absence of Della Street of the Perry Mason series, a decision many may disagree with. An appendix annotates some of the “most rewatchable” series available on DVD, among them seasons of Honey West, Cagney & Lacey, McMillan and Wife, Remington Steele, Rizzoli & Iles, and Rosemary & Thyme.

The clear and respectful coverage of the 1950s underlines the author’s meticulousness and sense of history. The first season of The Adventures of Superman (1952-53), in which Phyllis Coates appeared as probing reporter Lois Lane, is credited with a “noir sensibility...directed at an adult audience.” Pamela North, as played by Barbara Britton in Mr. and Mrs. North beginning in 1952, is deemed a better detective than her husband or their police contact. Even more significant, the short-lived Decoy: Police Woman (1957-58) starred Beverly Garland as TV’s pioneer female cop.

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Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA).

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery

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One of my favorite moments in the 1974 version of Murder on the Orient Express comes near the end—and I am not giving away any spoilers here—when the array of passengers are by themselves in the train car

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For those of us who have read mysteries all our lives—I started as a child—those early queens of mysteries probably were our first introduction to the genre.

I cut my reading teeth on Hammett, Chand

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