Sisters In Crime: The Past is Never Past: New Mysteries with History

Classes, Lessons, Workshops and Talks

22 Feb 2019

Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander and Alison Goodman discuss how digging into the past provides fertile themes and characters for crime writing.

Toni Jordan’s The Fragments is set in 1930s’ New York and 1980s’ Brisbane. Inga Carlson died in a fire, leaving behind a phenomenally successful first novel, the scorched fragments of a second book—and a literary mystery that captivated generations of readers.

M.J. Tia is the author of two novels set in 1860s London, featuring the courtesan sleuth, Heloise Chancey – She Be Damned and A Necessary Murder. M.J. explores dimensions that novels or history might ignore or elide, such as racism and gender bias.

Kirsten Alexander’s Half Moon Lake draws on real events in Louisiana. Four-year-old Sonny Davenport disappears in 1913, and is found two years later in the company of a tramp. Unwed farm worker Grace Mill claims the boy as her own, but the wealthy Davenports challenge her, uncovering complicated issues of truth, identity, and power.

Alison Goodman is the author of seven novels, including Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, the final novel in her award-winning Regency supernatural trilogy, and EON and EONA, a New York Times bestselling fantasy duology.


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22 Feb 2019

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