Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives

Seal: Perseus. Apr. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781580059213. $28. LIT
Mystery giants Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver are known for tales of twisty suspense and thrilling whodunits, but in this volume, edited by Zackheim (creative nonfiction, Univ. of California, Los Angeles), they, along with 18 other crime fiction writers, explore the enigmas of their own lives. Some tackle actual mysteries—Hallie Ephron visited a medium when her friend was haunted by a ghost. But most contemplate personal journeys. Martin Limon considers how the Korean War has impacted his fiction. Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd discuss the gravity of writing about World War II. Connie May Fowler recalls how her abusive childhood led to her choice not to have children. William Kent Krueger delves into his mother’s mental illness, and its influence on his storytelling, particularly his novel Ordinary Grace.
VERDICT Genre fans are sure to be curious about this rare window into the lives of their favorite authors, as will anyone who enjoys compelling, candid tales.
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