Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Meet Five Aging Female Sleuths

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

When Gertie Johnson started talking to me in my head, she was 77 years old.  "But they want their heroines young," I was told. Over and over. As a newbie writer, I caved to peer pressure and made her 66 (not exactly what my advisers meant). At first I thought 'they' equaled readers. But as it turned out it was the  publishers who didn't want older protagonists. That's still true. My publisher turned down my last proposal for a group of 'mature' women for that very reason. Have they completely forgotten about the famous Miss Marple?

I love, love, love writing and reading about older folks. They don't have all those issues young people have. They aren't afraid to take risks, don't care what others think, and have accepted themselves exactly as they are. Peer pressure doesn't scare them one bit.

So, without further ado, I bring you five contemporary older sleuths.

1. Ninety-two year old  Victoria Trumbell (by Cynthia Riggs). She live on Martha's Vineyard and has quite a reputation for her investigation skills.
The Bee Balm Murders(Martha's Vineyard Mysteries)

2. Mrs. Jeffries (by Emily Brightwell) keeps house in nineteenth century England and also keeps villains at bay. Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead (A Victorian Mystery)

3. Agatha Raisin (by M. C. Beaton) isn't quite as old. She's 53 and lives in Cotswold's. Agatha isn't everyone's cup of tea, but readers who start with the first in the series (The Quiche of Death) learn to love her. The Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin Mysteries, No. 1)

4. Gladdy and the girls (by Rita Lakin) reside in a Fort Lauderdale retirement community and never lack for interesting adventures and laugh out loud fun. Getting Old Can Kill You

5. Okay, I had to thrown in Gertie (she made me.)Murder Passes the Buck: A Gertie Johnson Murder Mystery

Anymore to add to the list??