From the early to mid-twentieth century, queens of crime Sayers, Christie, Marsh, and Wentworth reigned supreme over British detective fiction. Their works not only reveal whodunit but give insight into how queer women lived in and were viewed by wider society from capital to countryside.
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Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness. (1928)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928).
Dorothy L. Sayers, Unnatural Death (1927)
Dorothy L. Sayers, Strong Poison (1930)
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night (1935)
Agatha Christie, A Murder is Announced (1950)
Nigel Nicolson, Portrait of a Marriage: Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson (1973)
Ngaio Marsh, Night at the Vulcan (1951)
Ngaio Marsh, Artists in Crime (1938)
Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time (1951)
Josephine Tey, Miss Pym Disposes (1946)
Josephine Tey, To Love and Be Wise (1950)
Patricia Wentworth, The Case of William Smith (1948)
Alan Sinfeld, "Lesbians and Gender," in Out on Stage: Gay and Lesbian Theater in the Twentieth Century, 130-51 (Yale University Press, 1999).
Crystal Downing, Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)