(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Mary Kelly is unique in her use of industrial settings for many of her novels—a steel mill, a paper factory, and a pottery, for example. Her murders often involve elaborately planned industrial espionage, rather than personal grudges. Her characters, however, are complex; her detectives themselves are confused about their lives, often flawed in their capacity to maintain human relationships. Because of her interesting settings and compelling characterization, Kelly can maintain suspense from the first paragraph to the final page of a novel.