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Retro Reads: Domestic Suspense

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. I’m halfway through the book pictured at left, and I have to say – It. Is. Brilliant. The introduction from editor Sarah Weinman is informative, engrossing, and entertaining, and the stories chosen for the book proper are no less so. As advertised, this collection educates the reader about the true “trailblazers of domestic suspense”, women who paved the way for books like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, “2012’s most popular and critically acclaimed suspense novel” (Weinman, p.xv). While I’m a dedicated devotee…

Retro Reads: Hardboiled Fiction

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. “I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.”                                                       ― Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, arguably the two biggest names in hardboiled fiction, ushered in the golden age of a new type of detective story when they…

Retro Reads: Vintage romance – the evolution of a genre

Retro Reads is a series of posts highlighting the best, most interesting, and most hilarious trends of the fiction of yesteryear. Most of us have probably seen this sort of watercolor-foggy, beautiful-people romance cover before. Now a staple at yard sales, used book stores, and grandmothers’ basements, this type of image is characteristic of what comes to mind when we think about category romance publishers – especially the biggest of them all, Harlequin Romance. What many people would be surprised to discover, though, is that Harlequin wasn’t always in the romance game. In fact, it once published a much more…