Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A feminist mystery by the author of The Yellow Wallpaper.
Publication Date: 09-01-1998
Edited by Catherine J. Golden and Denise D. Knight
Afterword by Catherine J. Golden and Denise D. Knight
Written in the 1920's, this mystery features a husband-and-wife detective team who must solve the murder of a well-known attorney who has been shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, strangled, and poisoned! This is a witty, decidedly feminist whodunit.
"Sure to delight mystery lovers and anyone interested in the history of early feminism. . . . Gilman weaves [her] overt political message into the story with wit and verve. . . . The book’s surprising ending, fast-paced action and endearing detectives make it far more than a valuable historical artifact; it’s a smart, entertaining whodunit by a writer who understood (and clearly enjoyed) the genre, even as she put it to polemical use." —Publishers Weekly
"A lively mystery melodrama." —Washington Post Book World
"Gilman was way ahead of her time . . . paving the way for contemporary heroines like Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone." —Seattle Weekly
"A feminist gem from the Golden Age of detective fiction . . . [Unpunished] is funny and smart and cleverly plotted, right down to the twist ending." —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)