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Who is your favorite lady detective from movies, books, or TV?
Hildegarde Withers   by Stuart Palmer. I love the novels and the short stories, and the movies (when I can get them)  Murder on the Blackboard i had on tape for a while and is actually brilliant and still feels fresh after 70 years, which is saying something. 

What I found particularly intriguing is that in the books Piper and Miss Withers have a very very low key relationship, you know they care deeply about each other but there is a sense that sexuality is something that happens to other people. In the movies there is sexual tension and actual innuendo and it works. Edna May Oliver and James Gleason play off each other perfectly it's a real treat to watch.

::::sigh::: Still waiting for the DVD:::::::

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silent_snark
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
LOL... I read "Investigations of a Female Nature" and thought that prompt was about something totally different. ;)
avidreadergirl
Jul. 21st, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
lol, it can def be read that way!
leakey_lover
Jul. 21st, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yikes. How lovely to discover someone else a fan of Hildegarde Withers. Edna May Oliver and James Gleason exemplified perfect casting, too. Sweet.
avidreadergirl
Jul. 21st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! I was sure I would end up being a voice in the wilderness on this one. You have exceptional taste in early lady detectives :)

And yes Gleason and Oliver rock. I wish those movies were available on DVD. My VHS of Murder on the Blackboard broke and there went a rainy weekend staple. damn.

I will probably have to re-read penguin pool murder now, just because I've been thinking about it.
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