The second and concluding segment of my feature on real-life historical characters being cast as amateur gumshoes in contemporary crime fiction was posted this morning on the Kirkus Reviews Web site. In this piece, I investigate the mystery-solving skills of people such as Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, and Harry Houdini.
You can read all about it here. And click here to find Part I.
By the way, please feel free to add your own thoughts on this matter in the comments section of today’s Kirkus post. Do you have a favorite crime novel or series that employs a genuine figure from the past as a detective? Or are there historical players who have not yet been drafted into these stories, but who you think would make excellent celebrity sleuths? If so, let us all know about them.
READ MORE: “50 Novels Featuring Famous Authors as Characters,” by Sarah Seltzer (Flavorwire).