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Jul 6 2016 11:00am

Classic Mysteries and Mysterious Classics

Read this exclusive guest post from Katherine Bolger Hyde, author of Arsenic with Austen, about the importance of reading the classics, and then, make sure you're signed in and comment for a chance to win a copy of the 1st book in the new Crime with the Classics series!

Nowadays, it’s generally assumed that crime fiction lies on one side of the Great Literary Divide and literary fiction lies on the other. Occasionally, a book manages to cross over, but this is always regarded as something of an anomaly. Writers and critics on each side of the divide tend to hold those on the other side in some degree of contempt.

But, it wasn’t always so. Some of the first writers to attempt what we today would call a detective story were among the greatest writers of their time—Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles Dickens, William Wilkie Collins. The terms “crime fiction” and “literary fiction” did not exist back then; novels were novels, and readers were left to their own judgment to discern what had lasting value and what did not. Detective stories written by great writers had as much value as anything else they wrote. Detective stories written by hacks—and I assure you there were some; I’ve read them—perished as ignominiously as they deserved.

[Hacks? More like Edgar Allan Poe-sers...]

Jul 6 2016 9:00am

Arsenic with Austen: New Excerpt

Katherine Bolger Hyde

Arsenic with Austen by Katherine Bolger Hyde is the 1st book in the Crime with the Classics Series (Available July 12).

When Emily Cavanaugh inherits a fortune from her great aunt, she expects her life to change. She doesn't expect to embark on a murder investigation, confront the man who broke her heart 35 years before, and nearly lose her own life.

Emily travels to the sleepy coastal village of Stony Beach, Oregon, to claim her inheritance, centered in a beautiful Victorian estate called Windy Corner but also including a substantial portion of the real estate of the whole town. As she gets to know the town's eccentric inhabitants—including her own once-and-possibly-future love, Sheriff Luke Richards—she learns of a covert plan to develop Stony Beach into a major resort. She also hears hints that her aunt may have been murdered. Soon another suspicious death confirms this, and before long Emily herself experiences a near-fatal accident.

Meanwhile, Emily reads Persuasion, hoping to find belated happiness with her first love as Anne Elliot did with Captain Wentworth. She notices a similarity between her not-quite-cousin Brock Runcible, heir to a smaller portion of her aunt's property, and Mr. Elliot in Persuasion, and her suspicions of Brock crystallize. But as she and Luke continue to investigate and events speed toward a climax, Emily realizes that underneath the innocent-looking rocks of Stony Beach lurk festering jealousies that would have shocked even the worst of Jane Austen's charming reprobates.

[Read the full excerpt from Arsenic with Austen...]