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The Golden Age of Mystery Writers

I just finished a three-hour class on Dorothy L. Sayers and her book, Gaudy Night. This is the book where Lord Peter Wimsey proposes to Harriet Vane and is finally accepted. She has kept Wimsey at a distance because he saved her from the gallows and she refused to accept a marriage tainted by gratitude. Gaudy Night explores such topics as personal integrity, relationships, and women’s role, but there is no murder, but there is a puzzle. At the end, Harriet and Wimsey find equal footing, dispense with gratitude, and move forward toward marriage. Dorothy L. Sayers is one of the “golden age” mystery writers from the 30s and 40s who are described in The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards. Th

Malice Domestic 2018

April is here, and while I’m still waiting for warm spring weather, I do have a sure thing coming up--this year’s Malice Domestic Conference, April 27-29 in Bethesda, MD. I am part of a panel on “Antiquities” to be held Saturday morning, April 28, at 9 a.m. A book signing will follow. Malice Domestic was established in 1989 as an annual fan convention in the metropolitan D.C. area. It celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or violence. Malice Domestic Ltd. is a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation governed by an all-volunteer board of directors.

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