Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Mystry Genre: Then and Now

Origin of the Mystery Genre

Have you ever wonder who wrote the first mystery novel? I have, and went on a quest to find the culprit who caused me to lose so much writing time. Alas, one cannot read and write at the same time.

Most scholars agree the first detective/mystery was the short story The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham’s Magazine, 1841.

C. Auguste Dupin, the “detective” in this macabre tale is never referred to as a detective. He is merely a citizen who offers his help to the prefect de police. At the risk of censure, I will break a long-standing taboo of mystery reader that you NEVER, NEVER, NEVER reveal who-dun-it, because it robs the reader of the pleasure of solving the crime. I do so only because the killer is humorous by today’s standards. Anyone who can Goggle can find the answer and most reader have seen the movie. The murderer is . . . (drum roll please) . . . an orangutan banishing a straight edge razor, who kills the female victim trying to shave her face. He then strangles the daughter and stuffs her in a chimney. We can only assume the girl didn’t need a shave.

See what I mean about funny?

Even with the comic aspects, Dupin, the first true detective in fiction, became the model for many mystery characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Poe referred to the method Dupin used to solve the crime as “ratiocination.” Dupin states: "the extent of information obtained (at the crime scene) lies not so much in the validity of the inference as in the quality of the observation." Or, as Hercule Poirot would say, “Use the little grey cells.”

Despite the fact that my love of mysteries and those who write them keeps me away from the keyboard, I offer my sincere thanks to Mr. Poe and his orangutan.

The Mystery Writers of America’s coveted Edgar Award was named after this great American writer and poet.

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

New Release

Murder in Marietta


Deborah Malone

Trixie Montgomery’s back on the beat, facing her own spectral fears covering ghost sightings at the Marietta History Museum. With sidekick and best friend, Dee Dee, in tow, the women brave a sleepover inside the haunted museum to discover what lurks behind closed doors. When their worst fears occur and a dead body is discovered right under their noses, Trixie’s reputation both as a journalist and crime solver, are once again put to the test.

First introduced in the acclaimed, Death in Dahlonega, Georgia Author of the Year nominee Deborah Malone presents another delightful Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery.

Join Trixie and Dee Dee while they explore the charming streets, and tantalizing restaurants, along with the colorful—and sometimes spooky—characters, and find out who materializes as the culprit in Murder in Marietta.


“I adore Trixie and Dee Dee’s friendship, and feel like I’m along for the ride to find out how who-done-it. Add in Malone’s delightful details that make you feel as if you’re exploring Marietta’s streets and history, and you have the perfect blend of cozy mystery and armchair travel.” Beverly Nault author

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Release

Dead Wrong


Susan Sleeman


When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush.

It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.