Publication: NZ BookLovers

In an article featured in The Guardian a few years ago, the writer declared that a British survey confirmed her suspicions that – as far as female readers are concerned – romance was out and crime was in. The survey held by Women & Home magazine showed that the majority of their readers preferred “blood and guts to hearts and flowers.” Surprising? Not really when you consider that over half of all crime novels are now written by women, and that there is an ever growing list of fictional female sleuths, with a considerable following by both female and male readers.

And yet, the existence of female crime fighters in fiction is not a new phenomenon – women writers have been constructing female sleuths since the late 19th Century, at which time both the writers and their female protagonists would have been a considerable challenge to social norms and expectations.

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