I recently completed a 4000-word article for the forthcoming Spring issue of CADS: Crime and Detective Stories titled "Killer Fashions: The Detective Novels of Emma Lou Fetta." Emma Lou who, you may be asking? Well, with Doubleday, Doran's Crime Club she published three enjoyable detective novels between 1939 and 1941: Murder in Style, Murder on the Face of It and Dressed to Kill.
Although Yates does sometimes go out to ill-advised, mysterious midnight rendezvous, she is emphatically not an HIBK-style character and most emphatically not one of those tiresomely helpless Mignon Eberhart limp dishrag ingenues.
Rather, Yates is part of a sleuthing couple with assistant district attorney Lyle Curtis--and rather the better half when it comes to the sleuthing. Part of the fun of these books is following the development of Yates' relationship with Curtis, who is a most sensible male, not at all threatened by Yates' career and sleuthing capabilities.
I am pleased to say these books, out-of-print for over seventy years, will soon be out in stylish new editions. And that issue of CADS will be out next month too. I'll be sure to keep you informed!
P.S. Hope to have a long book review up on Sunday! Now that the CADS piece is done, I should be getting more reviews posted.