A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
2/4/1992 Blanche on the Lam
February 4, 1992. On this date BarbaraNeely's first novel was published. Blanche on the Lam introduces an African-American domestic worker coping in a difficult world. She escapes a 30-day jail sentence for writing bad checks by going to work for a true Southern Gothic family of conniving relatives.
The book won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards for best first mystery. Neely has followed with three more books about Blanche.