Reading Group: Women Crime Writers

Date / Time

  • May 18, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • May 25, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 1, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • June 8, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


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While female mystery writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers have long been credited as masters of their genre, often overlooked are the women who wrote hardboiled crime novels. Focusing on 20th century novelists such as Dorothy B. Hughes and Margaret Millar, this Reading Group will explore criminal suspense novels that are not so much whodunits as why-dunits.

About the Instructor

Philadelphia writer, Philly Poe Guy, and all-around literary provocateur Edward G. Pettit is the Manager of Public Programs at the Rosenbach. He was a featured commentator in an episode of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, which focused on life in the city in the 1840s. In 2012, he was the Charles Dickens Ambassador for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Dickens Bicentenary celebrations and also wrote a Dickensian mystery play for the Ebenzer Maxwell Mansion, where he performed an annual Dickens reading.


Women Crime Writers Reading Group Syllabus