Saturday, July 10, 2021

HISTORICAL MYSTERIES II: Mystery Readers Journal (37:2)

Mystery Readers Journal: Historical Mysteries II
(Volume 37:2// Summer 2021) is now available as PDF and hardcopy. If you're a PDF subscriber, you should have received download instructions. Hard copy subscription copies should arrive soon. PDF Contributor Copies will go out tomorrow. Don't forget, Historical Mysteries I (37:1) is still available. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue.

Historical Mysteries II

Volume 37, No. 2, Summer 2021

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  • Joe Gores’ Dashiell Hammett by Catherine Accardi
  • Ireland in the 1930s and 40s in Michael Russell’s Stefan Gillespie Novels by David Clark
  • History, Mystery & the Female Protagonist by Vinnie Hansen
  • Megan Abbott and the Evolution of Noir by Sean Day
  • Epochal or Historical? It’s Still a Mystery! by Chiara Giacobbe
  • Music Defines a Decade by Sandra Murphy


  • Not Another 1920s Mystery by Saffron Amatti
  • The Primary Reasons I Like Primary Sources by Anne Louise Bannon
  • Keeping it Real: The Challenge of Writing a Strong Historical Heroine by Mally Becker
  • The Case of the Missing River-Map by J. F. Benedetto
  • Who’s Hiding In That Ancient House? by Cordelia Frances Biddle
  • Mysteries Set in Places with History by Suzanne J. Bratcher
  • Keeping it Fresh: Writing a Long Running Historical Series by Emily Brightwell
  • Searching for the Roots of History by Rebecca Cantrell
  • Hands, Hearts and History by Charles Colley
  • “And Put a Crime in It…” by Ruth Downie
  • Excavations of Violence: Why History Makes the Best Mystery by Mariah Fredericks
  • Should I Tinker with the Facts? by Jim Fusilli
  • The Art and Madness of Writing Historical Mystery Novels by Harald Gilbers
  • Pirates Make Unreliable Witnesses by Steve Goble
  • “Historical Fiction” Is an Oxymoron by Hal Glatzer
  • Writing the Stories I Love to Read by Anna Lee Huber
  • Travelling Through Time with Sherlock Holmes by Robert J. Harris
  • The Mystery Inside “The Baptism” by Gerald Everett Jones
  • A Lady and a Swordsman by Kathleen Marple Kalb
  • History as a Red Herring by Ron Katz
  • It’s Not My Fault I Write Historical Mysteries by Ken Kuhlken
  • Hunting Hitler in Hollywood by Susan Elia MacNeal
  • My Family Secret: An Eyewitness to India’s Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 by Nev March
  • What’s Really Inside the Carnival in Not Like Us by Darrin McGraw and Robert McGraw
  • Imagining History: Writing Death on the Homefront by Frances McNamara
  • Accidental Chronicler by Catriona McPherson
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mystery by Timothy Miller
  • Writing What You Don’t Know But Can Research by Sandra Murphy
  • San Francisco’s Cliff House: The History (and the Mystery) by Ann Parker
  • The Art of Creating an Historical Heroine by Andrea Penrose
  • A Talking Snake and Other Mysteries by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
  • Two Authors in Search of Ideas by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Haunted by History by Erika Robuck
  • The Responsibilities of Historical Fiction by Kelli Stanley
  • The Thousand Piece Puzzle by Susan Tornga
  • Recreating the Past by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
  • Closer Than You Think by Clare Whitfield
  • An Unlikely Home to Criminal Debuts by Gabriel Valjan
  • Helen of Troy—Just Another Pretty Face? by N. S. Wikarski
  • The Past Isn’t Dead, It Isn’t Even Past by Kenneth Wishnia
  • From True Crime to Historical Mystery by W.A. Winter


  • Mystery in Retrospect: Reviews by Benjamin L. Clark, Lesa Holstine, Peter Handel, Amy Renshaw, L.J. Roberts, Lucinda Surber
  • Children’s Hour: Historical Mysteries by Gay Toltl Kinman
  • Crime Seen: History Mystery Around the World by Kate Derie
  • Real History Mysteries by Cathy Pickens
  • In Short: History Mystery by Marv Lachman
  • From the Editor’s Desk by Janet A. Rudolph


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Themes in 2021: History Mysteries 1; History Mysteries 2; Texas; Cold Cases. 

Call for articles: We're looking for reviews, articles, and Author! author! essays. Review: 50-150 words, articles, 500-1000 words. Author Essays: 500-1000 words, first person, upclose and personal about yourself, your books, and the "theme" connection. Deadline for Texas: July 20, 2021.  

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