Well, it’s been a great eight weeks guest blogging here at Bitch about detectives and police work, but unfortunately it’s time to close the case.
We’ve sought out the first female detectives, and their ocelots. We’ve loved up spinster detectives, and called out some of the tropes and over-worn archetypes of detective characters. I’ve talked up some of my personal favorites, without, I hope, forgetting to cast a critical eye on their faults. And I’ve waxed on about some of the reasons I think the the genre fails, for the most part, to live up its potential to address social justice issues.
Incredibly there’s still loads I didn’t quite get around to investigating - posts about shows that never made it out of my drafts folder include CSI, The Shield, Wallender, and Damo, the Undercover Lady Detective:
All that remains now is to say thanks for having me and for engaging in discussions of these issues in comments…! If you like what you’ve read, I also post more or less voluminously over at The F-Word, my home patch.