Monday, February 4, 2008

Mystery Novels with Older Protagonists

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple is the classical example of an aging mystery protagonist. As I have attended writers’ and mystery fan conferences, I’ve met a number of other geezer-lit mystery authors. Here’s a sampling for your consideration: Rita Lakin’s protagonist is 75 year old Gladdy Gold, a self-proclaimed private investigator living in a condo in Florida. Rita’s mysteries include Getting Old Is Murder, Getting Old Is the Best Revenge, Getting Old Is Criminal and Getting Old Is To Die For. Nora Charles writes the Kate Kennedy senior sleuth mystery series including Who Killed Swami Swartz? Parnell Hall has the puzzle lady mystery featuring the incorrigible, gun-toting Cora Felton. Cynthia Riggs writes the Martha’s Vineyard Mystery Series starring 92-year old poet Victoria Trumbull. All of these have enjoyable and interesting senior sleuths, so add these to your reading list if you haven’t already.

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