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y Murder in the Telephone Exchange single work   novel   crime   detective  
Issue Details: First known date: 1948 1948
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'June Wright’s debut stars feisty young telephonist Maggie Byrnes. When one of her more unpopular colleagues at Melbourne Central is murdered – her head bashed in with a “buttinsky,” a piece of equipment used to listen in on phone calls – Maggie resolves to turn sleuth. A couple of her co-workers are acting strangely, and Maggie is convinced she has a better chance of figuring out who is responsible for the killing than the stodgy police team assigned to the case, who seem to think she herself might have had something to do with it. But then one of her friends is murdered too, and it looks like Maggie might be next in line. ' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: Dedicated to 'CENTRAL' and to all who have worked therein.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hutchinson , 1948 .
      7799081957222663045.jpg
      This image has been sourced from Goodreads
      Extent: 351p.
      Series: y The First Novel Library T. Fisher Unwin (publisher), London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1901- Z1274821 1901 series - publisher Number in series: 122
    • Portland, Oregon,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Verse Chorus Press , 2014 .
      4699888238880347076.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 368p.
      Note/s:
      ISBN: 9781891241376 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Gendering the Genre : Three Australian Women Writers and their Debut Crime Fiction Novels Rachel Franks , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , March vol. 3 no. 1 2014; (p. 57-71)
'The creators and consumers of crime fiction have changed dramatically since the genre, established in ancient times to define legal and moral codes and indicate the consequences for breaking those codes, first started to gain widespread popularity as a form of entertainment in the eighteenth century. One of the most significant of these changes can be seen in the slow but steady rise of the female as consumer, creator and character. There are many ways to explore some of the gendered changes within the crime fiction genre, one of which is to examine novels written by women who have chosen female protagonists to tell their stories. Ostensibly quite different texts, Miles Franklin’s Bring the Monkey (1933), June Wright’s Murder in the Telephone Exchange (1948) and Elizabeth Antill’s Death on the Barrier Reef (1952) are three debut crime novels that share some striking similarities. In addition to all three novels featuring female first-person narrators, these stories also tell tales of very violent crimes and contribute to documenting some of the shifts in views on gender, female friendship, marriage and class within what has become the world’s most popular genre.' (Publication abstract)
Our Very Own Agatha Christie Clare Kermond , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 27 April 2014; (p. 26)
' Who would have thought a reserved Australian housewife would produce exciting tales of homicide? Clare Kermond investigates.'
Review : Murder in the Telephone Exchange Francesca Sasnaitis , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 362 2014; (p. 70)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel
[Untitled] Shelley Orchard , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 May 2014; (p. 25)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel
Damned to Literary Obscurity Andrew Nette , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2014;
End of a Crime Wave H. J. Hamlyn , 1948 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , April vol. 2 no. 10 1948; (p. 532-533)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel ; An Author Bites the Dust Arthur W. Upfield 1948 single work novel
End of a Crime Wave H. J. Hamlyn , 1948 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , April vol. 2 no. 10 1948; (p. 532-533)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel ; An Author Bites the Dust Arthur W. Upfield 1948 single work novel
Review : Murder in the Telephone Exchange Francesca Sasnaitis , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 362 2014; (p. 70)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel
[Untitled] Shelley Orchard , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 31 May 2014; (p. 25)

— Review of Murder in the Telephone Exchange June Wright 1948 single work novel
Gendering the Genre : Three Australian Women Writers and their Debut Crime Fiction Novels Rachel Franks , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , March vol. 3 no. 1 2014; (p. 57-71)
'The creators and consumers of crime fiction have changed dramatically since the genre, established in ancient times to define legal and moral codes and indicate the consequences for breaking those codes, first started to gain widespread popularity as a form of entertainment in the eighteenth century. One of the most significant of these changes can be seen in the slow but steady rise of the female as consumer, creator and character. There are many ways to explore some of the gendered changes within the crime fiction genre, one of which is to examine novels written by women who have chosen female protagonists to tell their stories. Ostensibly quite different texts, Miles Franklin’s Bring the Monkey (1933), June Wright’s Murder in the Telephone Exchange (1948) and Elizabeth Antill’s Death on the Barrier Reef (1952) are three debut crime novels that share some striking similarities. In addition to all three novels featuring female first-person narrators, these stories also tell tales of very violent crimes and contribute to documenting some of the shifts in views on gender, female friendship, marriage and class within what has become the world’s most popular genre.' (Publication abstract)
Our Very Own Agatha Christie Clare Kermond , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 27 April 2014; (p. 26)
' Who would have thought a reserved Australian housewife would produce exciting tales of homicide? Clare Kermond investigates.'
Damned to Literary Obscurity Andrew Nette , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2014;
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