But how, and when, did I make the leap to adult mysteries?
Recently I tried to reach back into the deep, dark recesses of my mind, in the hope of remembering the who, what, when, where and how…
But of course: Sherlock Holmes.
The historic setting. The elocution. The thickening, twisting plots.
The bromance between the incomparable detective and his sidekick, Doctor John Watson. All sublime stuff!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s five serialized novels, and his additional five anthologies, were a tall drink of knowledge for a kid who was thirsted for juicy whodunits.
My favorite? The Red-Headed League. Pick it up, and you’ll see why.
After devouring Sherlock, I moved on to Agatha Christie marvelous stories; then Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko Russian police procedural series; and finally, John le Carré’s spy novels.
My Housewife Assassin series is certainly more lighthearted than Smith’s and le Carre’s works, but I read enough of Christie’s wonderful “Tommy and Tuppence” stories that I hope it emulates some of the humor and suspense of those superlative stories.
As for my own darker fare, I welcome you to try my latest novel, The Candidate, a political thriller that takes place during an national election cycle that involves a political campaign adviser who discovers that Washington’s power broker elite have embroiled his presidential candidate in a plot involving an act of terrorism on US soil. If it reminds you of 24 and Homeland, then you’ve got the right idea–
With a big dollop of Scandal.
And by the way, I’m running a contest to celebrate its launch — for a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice — so feel free to enter it.
When it comes to adult mysteries, which were your first?
I can’t wait to compare notes,