Friday, October 4, 2013
Lady detectives learning their trade. Mr. Kersey is showing them how to apprehend a suspect. Photo by Fox Photos, April 1927.
Looking for some mysteries featuring some tough lady sleuths? Here’s our top 10:
Box Nine by Jack O’Connell
Grey Mask by Patricia Wentwoth
An Equal Opportunity Death by Susan Dunlap
Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby
Sweet, Savage Death by Jane Haddam
The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod
The Bait by Dorothy Uhnak
Gray Matter by Shirley Kennett
Tales of the Witch by Angela Zeman
Murder on the Blackboard by Stuart Palmer

Lady detectives learning their trade. Mr. Kersey is showing them how to apprehend a suspect. Photo by Fox Photos, April 1927.

Looking for some mysteries featuring some tough lady sleuths? Here’s our top 10:

  1. Box Nine by Jack O’Connell
  2. Grey Mask by Patricia Wentwoth
  3. An Equal Opportunity Death by Susan Dunlap
  4. Telling Lies by Wendy Hornsby
  5. Sweet, Savage Death by Jane Haddam
  6. The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod
  7. The Bait by Dorothy Uhnak
  8. Gray Matter by Shirley Kennett
  9. Tales of the Witch by Angela Zeman
  10. Murder on the Blackboard by Stuart Palmer





Thursday, July 12, 2012
Dreamcasting: who author Angela Zeman would choose if her novel was turned into a movie. On sale now!

Dreamcasting: who author Angela Zeman would choose if her novel was turned into a movie. On sale now!






Friday, June 22, 2012

Tales of the Good Witch

Witches don’t exactly have a reputation for being good. For centuries, they’ve usually been depicted as frightening, wicked creatures, in everything from ancient classics such as Homer’s Odyssey to current TV shows like True Blood. We shudder over the Weird Sisters from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, who coined the phrase “double, double, toil and trouble,” and Minnie Castevet’s evil plot to see Satan’s son reborn in the film Rosemary’s Baby.

But a few good, or even goofy, witches have popped up in literature and movies, to offset their malicious counterparts. The Harry Potter series has plenty of good-hearted spellcasters. Some of our other favorite magical women include: Glinda from The Wizard of Oz (of course); Galadriel, an elf from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings; and the Sanderson Sisters from Hocus Pocus. (Who doesn’t love Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy together, back from the dead?)

There’s another good witch who has been on our minds lately: Mrs. Risk, the heroine of Angela Zeman’s titles Tales of the Witch and The Witch and the Borscht Pearl. Mrs. Risk is an all-star sleuth who uses her psychic abilities to solve mysteries—both natural and supernatural—in her tiny Long Island hometown, Wyndham-by-the-Sea. The villagers Mrs. Risk is not entirely gentle, however. She does have a record of a few murders … but she only kills bad guys.

                                

Zeman is a founder of the Mystery Writers of America and maintains a strong voice in the world of modern mystery literature. Her work is characterized by her clever wit and speedy plot development. Keep your eyes of newt peeled for the double ebook debut of Tales of the Witch and The Witch and the Borscht Pearl this June!