Lyn Hamilton vs Lara McClintoch

Lyn Hamilton wrote fiction tales about her character Lara McClintoch. Lyn was an avid archeology enthusiast and studied cultural and physical anthropology in colleget. She didn’t begin her career in writing until her 50’s but wrote consistently until a year or two before she passed away. Her main character, Lara, is not a “detective” per se but she does seem to get involved in some rather interesting situations. You wouldn’t think that an antiques dealer would come across dead bodies or go out and solve crimes but this one does. I have read several of Ms. Hamilton’s books but not all of them, yet! She includes references to old stories or myths within the region. The latest one was entitled “The Orkney Scroll” where Lara ends up going to some islands off the coast of Scotland to solve a riddle that is over 1000 years old and of course, a murder as well. Continue reading “Lyn Hamilton vs Lara McClintoch”

Watching Writers on YouTube

I do so like to read a good detective novel of almost any kind. But one that features a female heroine is even better. We all like to put ourselves in the role of the characters we read about and we wonder what their authors are like as well. Youtube is a place that you can find videos of authors being interviewed, lecturing in front of groups, and fans doing “what-if” videos on their favorite characters. I have recently re-watched a 2010 Q&A session by one of my favorite writers Laurell K. Hamilton. She is in touch with her fans through her website, she tweets and even has a blog. Continue reading “Watching Writers on YouTube”

List of Female Detectives

Wiki has a great listing of female writers and female detectives in fiction. First you should view the listing of female writers of detective fiction by clicking here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_detective/mystery_writers The listing is arranged alphabetically and is quite long. There are some great information about the writers and a listing of the titles of their books. Some writers have more information than others of course. If you would like to add information on your favorite writer you might want to join the wiki community and add whatever you can that will help keep other readers informed. Continue reading “List of Female Detectives”

What Makes a Good Detective Story

Whether the main hero is a male or female, there are certain elements of a good fictional detective story that are the same for any great tale. To me a great fiction story has a main character that has flaws and quirks. He or she must have a code that they live by. It may not be a conventional code but they live by their own set of rules. Another thing a great detective story should have is an interesting setting. It all comes down to how writer describes the surroundings in the story. The use of rich descriptive words helps the reader get into the story and be in the story. We want to feel something for the characters, to be able to root for the good guy, Finally, the good guys should always win in the end. The main reason that we read a book or listen to a story is to be entertained, to come out of ourselves for just a little while. Continue reading “What Makes a Good Detective Story”

VI Warshawski PI

SaraParetskyVI Warshawski PI was one of the first female private investigators that I read and enjoyed after Nancy Drew. The series is written by Sara Paretsky. Victoria Iphigenia “Vic” “V. I.” Warshawski was raised on the southside of Chicago whose father was a police officer and her mother was an Italian opera singer. She attended law school, was a public defender who moved into the private investigation game. With both parents deceased and a disastrous first and only marriage this lady is a hard working, hit-and-missing loving lady who shares two dogs with your downstairs neighbor a retired 80 year old machinist. Along with her regular duties of skip tracing, a couple of missing persons, and insurance fraud investigations she gets roped into a few murder mysteries along the way.

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