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Murder, She Blogged: Why Detectives?

I’ve come to the half-way point of the Murder, She Blogged series, and half way through my time guest blogging here at Bitch, so I just wanted to take a brief pause to address the question: Why detectives? Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: The First Female Detectives?

Let’s track down some of the first female detective characters, in literature, film and television. Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Class and Fashion in Miss Marple

As well as showcasing the quintessential Spinster Detective, the Miss Marple adaptations have plenty to say about England’s shifting class structures in the decades after World War II and women’s changing roles. It’s all played out in microcosm in the fictional village of St Mary... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Retrosexism in Life on Mars and LA Noire

From the village bobby on his bicycle to elaborate games of cops and robbers in mid-20th century America, detective fiction often harks back to the past. From a feminist perspective, this is a can of worms. Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Let's Celebrate the Spinster Detective

Presenting an unthreatening facade to the world, older women detectives usually conceal razor-sharp investigative skills and intelligence. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple is one of the classic examples of these subversive characters. Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: About the US Killing

So, hopefully I’ve sold you on Sarah Lund and the Danish TV series Forbrydelsen now. But what about that US remake, The Killing? Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Lund

AMC’s The Killing, which recently concluded its first season and has been renewed for a second, is as close to Twin Peaks as 21st century television gets. Set in Seattle, homicide detective Sarah Linden investigates the murder of a teenage girl. That’s it - a single murder... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Castle

Castle is a guilty pleasure for me. I once watched four episodes of the show in a night because it’s well-written, witty, and fun—and has some “strong” female characters front and center—so I want to be able to say, just go and watch it right now, don’t even bother reading... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Detectives in Distress

All good characters have a complex back story. But what is it with giving female TV detectives a particularly awful past? By no means is every female investigator on television shown to be “damaged,” but I think there are enough to make up an anecdotal trend. This “damage” is usually crucial in... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Prime Suspect

Are there any explicitly feminist crime TV shows? Prime Suspect, which ran on UK television channel ITV from 1991 to 2006, is surely a contender, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a... Read more »

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