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Retro-dressing my characters

By Sally Carpenter One of the challenges of writers of historical mysteries is clothing their characters. As fashions change continually, authors must carefully research their time period for accuracy. My new cozy is set in 1967, a period that should … Continue reading

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Cold War ethics

My WIP is a cold war cozy, a somewhat traditional cozy mystery with spies. The setting is 1967, the peak of the spy craze on TV and in the movies. One of my favorite shows from this era is “Mission: … Continue reading

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Trixie Beldon and me

By Sally Carpenter I don’t remember how old I was at the time, but one Christmas my parents gave me the first two Trixie Beldon books, “Secret of the Mansion” and “The Red Trailer Mystery.” Since then I’ve gone on … Continue reading

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Mystery of the Muppets

How the Muppets inspired my current work-in-progress. Last year I checked out the DVDs of “The Muppet Show,” first season, from the library. I hadn’t paid much attention to the show when it first aired, but I had the urge … Continue reading

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Just one more plot hole

by Sally Carpenter Even the best writers don’t always get it right. Last year I purchased the complete “Columbo” DVD set—every episode from the 1968 pilot through the final case in 2003. The quality of the writing was superb, with … Continue reading

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When a book festival isn’t so festive

The fact that the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is America’s largest literary event doesn’t necessarily make it the best. Each year my Sisters in Crime chapter rents a festival booth where members can sell their books. I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Worldviews of mysteries

By Sally Carpenter What does that mystery say about its author and readers? All mysteries are written with a particular worldview; that is, the story takes place in a certain type of setting with characters of a certain ilk. If … Continue reading

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