Saturday, December 26, 2015

12/26/1917 Patricia McGerr is born

December 26, 1917.  Patricia McGerr, born on this day, was the author of more than 15 mystery novels, but she is best remembered for the ingenious concept of her first book, Pick Your Victim.

One member of a group of bored American soldiers at a base in the Arctic gets a package from home.  Among the wrappings is a scrap of his hometown newspaper, announcing that someone he knows has been convicted of murder - but the identity of the victim is not included.  So the soldiers pass the time by learning all that the recipient knows about the "suspects," trying to figure out who was killed.

Source of the date: Bill Malloy's Mystery Book of Days.

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