Category Archives: Sara Paretsky

She gave up on me first

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I was struggling with Sara Paretsky’s BREAKDOWN due to the overtly political nature of the book’s content. After putting the book aside for a week or so I picked it up again last … Continue reading

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This book is Political with a capital P

I am currently reading Sara Paretsky’s latest V.I. Warshawski novel, BREAKDOWN. It’s set in the present day and sees the series’ long-suffering heroine chance upon some teenage girls who are in a cemetery performing a ceremony they’ve learned from a series … Continue reading

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Sisters in Crime Challenge Post #1: The PI novel

One day in 1987 I asked a librarian to recommend some mysteries by contemporary women writers. I walked away with my first books by both Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky, so the two are inextricably linked for me. Both have … Continue reading

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Celebrating the women of crime fiction

March 8 is International Women’s Day and 2011 marks the 100th annual celebration of “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future”. Interestingly only 4 countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland) celebrated … Continue reading

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Review: Body Work by Sara Paretsky

In her fourteenth full-length outing Chicago private detective V. I. Warshawski (Vic to her friends) seems to take on half the city at one point or another. Our story begins when Vic and some friends attend the club that Vic’s … Continue reading

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Surmounting Series Struggles

Weekly Geeks poses some series related questions this week. As I mainly read crime fiction series are a part of my reading life whether I like it or not though I’d love to find more standalone novels in my favourite … Continue reading

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Review: Hardball by Sara Paretsky

While I don’t wait with quite the anticipation I used to have for a new V I Warshawski novel, I do still have a soft spot for the first female character I ever identified with in a work of crime … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction Alphabet: D is for Deadlock

My entry this week in Kerrie’s Crime Fiction Alphabet meme is Sara Paretsky’s Deadlock. The second in what has recently become a 13-book series, Deadlock was published in 1984 and features one of the earliest hard-edged female private eyes in … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon 2009-03-15: Can no one else see the silver lining?

This week I was quite chuffed to see crime fiction author Sara Paretsky posing some intelligent thoughts and questions about how the book business can move forward in this web 2.0 world. In response to a Wall Street Journal article … Continue reading

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