Torn between Two Genres

Sex and Romance in Lesbian Detective Fiction



About the Book

Lesbian detective fiction’s radical origins took the mystery genre to the extreme of the rape of the detective. More contemporary works foreground lesbian sex, romance, and identity.  As a result, lesbian detective fiction has not continued to develop and failed to engage a wider audience. The author’s analysis includes works by M.F. Beal, Stella Duffy, Katherine V. Forrest, Clare McNab, Barbara Wilson, and Eve Zaremba. This article originally appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection, Volume 27, Issue 2.

About the Author(s)

Inga Simpson is an Australian writer and co-director of the Olvar Wood Writers Retreat in Queensland, Australia. Her creative writing dissertation explored detective fiction and included her lesbian detective novel, Fatal Development, which will be published by Torquere Press in late 2009.

Bibliographic Details

Inga Simpson

Format: E-Single
Pages: 12
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2009
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2482-2