Women's Crime Fiction Print

Lucy has written extensively on women's crime fiction.


Women Writers and Detectives in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction

Contrary to popular belief, Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allen Poe did not invent the crime genre. Lucy's upcoming "Women Writers and Detectives in Nineteenth-Century Crime Fiction: The Mothers of the Mystery Genre" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010) is a study of the women writers and characters who contributed significantly to the development of the genre.

The book is being released as a Hardcover edition.



Mary Fortune

Lucy's article on Fortune "A Woman of Mystery: Mary Fortune" was originally pubished online at the now defunct Crime Factory website.

In 1989, Lucy edited a selection of Fortune's autobiographical writings as "The Fortunes of Mary Fortune" (Penguin)

She has compiled a bibliography of Mary Helena Fortune - Mary Helena Fortune ("Waif Wander"/"W.W."), c1833-1910: A bibliography (Victorian fiction research guide), ISBN 186499004X.

Lucy also edited "The Detectives’ Album" by Mary Fortune (Broken Silicon Press, USA and Canada, 2003), another collection of Fortune's stories.

Freddie Baer created an artist's impression of Mary Fortune which was used as the cover for "Three Detective Stories" by Mary Fortune (Mulini, 2009). Lucy edited this selection of three of Fortune's goldrush-era crime stories.


Sisters in Crime

Lucy has compiled a list of Australian Women Crime Fiction Authors which is hosted on the Sisters in Crime web site. Her list includes Mary Fortune, Ellen Davitt and Margot Neville to name a few.

Sisters in Crime is a literary society with a shared interest in women's crime and mystery fiction.  They also sponsor the Davitt Awards, an annual award for the best crime novel by an Australian woman. Sisters in Crime named the award The Davitt in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia’s first mystery novel, "Force and Fraud" in 1865. (Courtesy of Sisters in Crime Website)


Last Updated on Monday, 12 July 2010 10:47