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I write three series: The Loser Mysteries, The Dead Detective Mysteries & the Simon & Elizabeth (Tudor) Mysteries as well as stand-alones that offer readers "Strong Women, Great Stories."
These days I also answer to Maggie Pill, who writes a cozy sleuth series. Maggie is a lot like Peg, just younger, cooler, and funnier.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Books with a Theme: SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD

Last week's post was about four authors who've joined together to celebrate Shakespeare's work. We've each written a mystery, set in modern times, that connects to the Bard. That led me to wonder who the other authors were and why they chose Shakespeare as a theme for their books. Here's what I found out.

Nancy G. West, who wrote NINE DAYS TO EVIL, ( http://tinyurl.com/a9aswr9) tried to convince herself to love business, but writing was always tugging on her sleeve. She went back to college and studied English literature. I can guess there was some time spent on the works of you-know-who.





                    Lise McClendon, author of PLAN X     (http://smarturl.it/plan–x likes Gothic novels (which were my faves growing up) and thrillers (which PLAN X is). What could be more natural than combining those things with Shakespeare's work? Love, blood, a little scary stuff--It's perfect.









Cindy Brown's book MACDEATH (http://amzn.to/1Ohx14f) is nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. How's that for entering the scene with panache? Ms. Brown is a self-described theater geek, and we know those folks get lots of Shakespeare along with their Simon and Sondheim.







And of course there's me: the reformed English teacher who came up with SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD (http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Blood). Macbeth was one of my favorite things to teach, and when I thought of writing a run-around-trying-not-to-die suspense novel, the Bard just naturally butted in and put himself in the center of it all.




Celebrate Will's 400th with us by reading a Shakespearean mystery: try one--try them all!



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