When Shelagh was a kid "True Detective" was a popular magazine. It always featured lurid pictures of women in some kind of distress and it was the kind of magazine that parents kept away from kids... which only made Shelagh more interested in reading it.
That magazine came to mind when The Next Chapter team picked up Sarah Weinman's book, Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense. The difference is that in True Detective magazine, the women were mostly the victims of crime. In Sarah's book, the women are writing the stories and, in many cases, it's female characters planning and executing the crime.
This is crime-writing affirmative action and Sarah has put together a book that is a tribute to the women mystery writers of the past. These are the writers who Sarah believes laid the ground work for modern writers like Gillian Flynn and Louise Penny.
Sarah Weinman is a Canadian now living in Brooklyn. As you'll hear, she's a bona fide expert in domestic suspense. If you like mysteries and crime novels, you'll enjoy this 'inside baseball' look at the genre.