by Jennifer Young
For archaeologist Maxine ‘Max’ Falkland, life in early-50s London is difficult enough as she tries to move on from the death of her brother, an RAF pilot shot down over Korea. But, when she meets John Knox things get more complicated — before they get outright dangerous.
Mystery Sub-Genres: Historical, Suspense & Thriller
Other Characteristics: Female Protagonist, London, Mull, Scotland, 1950s
by Jennifer Berg
Barking Rain Press
Inspector Riggs reluctantly agrees to re-examine a supposed suicide case, but when his investigation leads to murder, he will have to convince a clever librarian to go undercover to catch the murderer.
Mystery Sub-Genres: Detective, Historical, Traditional, Amateur Sleuth, Soft-Boiled
Other Characteristics: Seattle, 1950’s, female sleuth
When researching my 1950s era books, I’m always referring to my old Seattle map. A few weeks ago, I posted a map-mystery about some Seattle streets that have disappeared, but my old map also shows several streets that never even existed.
Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood is a peninsula northwest of downtown. Per my 1950s era Kroll Map, Magnolia’s footprint was expected to balloon out several blocks into Elliott Bay and Puget Sound. My map shows that future fantasy expansion complete with streets names.
I’m not sure if they planned to wash away the Magnolia hillside (that’s what happened to Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood) but whatever they were planning, all that remains is an old map showing the streets and avenues of a future that never happened.
I’m new to publishing. Even though I’m currently writing my 5th book, the Hatbox Murders will be the first one published.
Over a hear ago, Barking Rain Press assigned me to a wonderful editor, and we spent 6 months going over the manuscript. We did 3 complete in-depth passes. After that, two more editors came on board and we all went through it again.
I thought the editing was finished. Silly me. I just received the final “Final for Print,” proof. Now, there are 5 of us on the project, all reviewing the Hatbox Murders cover-to-cover.
It really helps me appreciate (and maybe even dread 😉 all the work that goes into a traditionally published book.
And it keeps me really, really busy.