THE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd

I’ve just read a fascinating book: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. It is beautifully written, with fascinating female protagonists, both white and black. Much of it takes place in ante-bellum Charleston, South Carolina, and details the extravagantly...

Art Mysteries

Because Restrike is a mystery set in the art world, I am often asked what art-related mysteries I’ve enjoyed. I think my list will surprise, perhaps even disappoint, some of my readers, but here goes: Barnard, Robert, The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori, 1998.  (I...

Animals as Characters

I have notebooks full of material on each of my characters. I love creating their stories, starting with when and where they were born. I’ve read everything I can find on how to develop interesting characters, and I’ve studied books by writers thought by their critics...