A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
1/22/1917 Parlor Games begin
January 22, 1917. On this date the action begins in Maryka Biaggio's novel Parlor Games (2013) when May Dugas goes on trial in Michigan. The book is based on the true-life globe-trotting adventures of a turn-of-the century con woman.
Kirkus Reviews called it: "An engaging glimpse into a character, who categorically eludes our attempts to define her.” I enjoyed the unusual structure which alternates between May's trial and the life that leads up to it. If the real-life woman was anything like her fictional counterpart she was fascinating but not anyone you would want to turn your back on...