Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Murder

The full proposal on Mr. and Mrs. Murder will go out this week.

I feel it's safe to talk about the project now. It would be difficult for anyone to scoop because just buying all the resource materials is costing a fortune. I don't know that many scholars who can afford to plunk down the 3K I did in December alone for various titles. In fact, it's reached the point where Mr. Thrilling can't bear to hear the numbers. :-D

But we've got one hell of a library on married sleuths and the book will be a nice mix of the academic and the entertaining.

I am loving every minute of the research. Well, not the straining credit card part--though I do love book hunting--but the reading. So many new-to-us authors and new/old books, hours of reading the stuff I love most. And totally guilt-free!


Mr. Thrilling is handling most of the writing in the proposal because I've been so busy with my own solo projects. It's hard for me to quiet my inner control freak. But this is what he is so very good at. This is the kind of writing that wooed and won me on DorothyL all those years ago. :-)


17 comments:

  1. That sounds very intriguing. Looking forward to read it someday! -:)

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    1. I hope you will! I think--hope--it's going to be a lot of fun.

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  2. Ah, that explains the Tommy & Tuppence re-read. Have you seen Acorn has a new ‘Partners in Crime’ series premiering this month? Will be interesting to see how it compares to the Francesca Annis & James Warrick version.

    And the research spending… ouch! Can you deduct it as a business expense? Or maybe open that used book store you were joking about. :o)

    So what eras are you planning to cover? Couples from the 1920's through today or a narrower focus? Will you include any photos of vintage cover art? Hope the proposal snags the deal you guys are looking for.

    Faye

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    1. Ugh. I am so disappointed in the new Partners and Crime. :-(

      The married sleuths actually begin in 1908 with Paul and Dora Beck. We're covering 1800-1960s.

      And yes, part of the expense is deductible. Thank God for that.

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  3. Very much looking forward to the Mr & Mrs Murder book. I think the Pam and Jerry North novels (which might be out of your date range) started my love for cozy mysteries. From there to The Thin Man to Lord Peter & Harriet, then just to classic cozies. I wanted Cordelia Grey and Dangliesh to hook up just so I could get my fix. Somehow married sleuths = witty mysteries in my youth.

    I hope the Partners in Crime series gets better with the next set of episodes. I love the actress, but the tone just seems off. The economics of a more faithful version in terms of setting notwithstanding, I love hoe the books really show how they grow up and change over time. I think that is something of a departure for Christie. Poirot and Marple always seemed this fixtures even if the world changed around them.

    Good luck!!

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    1. Yes! I love the actress. The writers have reduced Tommy to a blithering idiot. And updating TSA to the 50s was a clumsy decision-- really adds nothing -- and saddling T&T with a kid is even worse. There were other odd choices too. I should probably write a full review. The original story is quirky and convoluted, but it works in the chaotic immediate aftermath of the war. But making T&T a staid married couple and planting that revised plot in the 50s....well, it just doesn't work. For me anyway.

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    2. Watched the 1st episode last night and agree both the tone and the 50's setting don't feel right. Poor Tommy. I hope it won't go the way of that adaptation they did of By the Picking of My Thumbs a few years ago. They inserted Miss Marple in that one while Tommy was supposed to be away on business and Tuppence was drinking because of their marital problems. Not sure why screen writers feel the need to mess with stories lines so much.

      Jessica Raine is great in Call the Midwife, and she also plays Ann Boleyn's sister-in-law in Wolf Hall.

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    3. The alcoholic Tuppence! Yes, that was the worst. The neglected wife turning to drink. Could anything be less in Tuppence's character?

      It's always puzzling to me why people take Christie's work and then almost completely rewrite it. There was a lot of that with the Marple series. And now we're seeing it with Partners in Crime, though I'm hoping maybe they'll pull it together. I hate to give up on it so soon.

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  4. I'm really looking forward to Mr. and Mrs. Murder. And so is hubby! (Woo hoo!) :-D

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    1. It's probably one of the most fun projects I've ever worked on. :-)

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  5. What is going on with Ms. Killian since 2015!?

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  6. I was worried you had died! Love your books and understand they are hard work. So enjoy your life but just let your fans know you are doing well but not writing. Up to us to deal with the loss.

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    1. Aww. That's so sweet. Thank you, Lucy. I keep dreaming I'll have time to write as Diana again -- hopefully one of these days!

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  7. I hope so too. Are you writing under another name?

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    1. Yes. I also write under the name Josh Lanyon. :-)

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  8. OMG! No wonder you are behind in the mysteries I love! I am so impressed.

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