Harriette Cora Ashbrook
Her early books are populated with lively characters and show an obvious love of the genre but derision for its tried formulae which she often spoofs in humorous asides. We get realistic detection with clever plot mechanics, neat insights into forensic police work not often seen in any of the American books of her contemporaries, and a smart alecky likeable playboy detective who is interesting and funny.
From 1941 until her death in 1946 she wrote six more detective novels under the name Susannah Shane. She
started out writing - women-in-peril suspense thrillers, but as she continued her offbeat sense of humour took over and she wrote books that bear comparison with Alice Tilton and Craig Rice, Indeed her plots often surpass those of both these two better known writers. In at least four of these the sleuthing was done by amateur man-about-town named Christopher Saxe.
The Murder of Cecily Thane (1930)
The Murder of Stephen Kester (1931)
The Murder of Sigurd Sharon (1933)
A Most Immoral Murder (1935)
Murder Makes Murder (1937)
Murder Comes Back (1940)
The Purple Onion Mystery (1941) (AKA Murder on Friday)