A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
6/21/1905 Stuart Palmer is born
June 21, 1905. What better birthplace for a writer of humorous crime than Baraboo, Wisconsin? That's where Stuart Palmer arrived on this day, at any rate. He was best known for his books about Hildegarde Withers, an older schoolteacher who was an amateur sleuth. The character was inspired by one of Palmer's own teachers, and by the actress Edna May Oliver, who played her in the first three movies based on the books.