(Recently on a surfing trip around the Blogosphere, I found Billie A. Williams' site)
Welcome to Billie A. Williams, our guest poster. You guys say hi and play nice or I will turn mean and act like the murderer you know that I really am. xoxo Kim
Nancy Drew, Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Alfred Hitchcock, yup, I'm name dropping – on purpose.
Rubbing shoulders with the greats is always a good idea. No matter where you cut your teeth for mystery, reading or writing—the times have changed. I'm sure you noticed.
Most of these classic sleuth's stories will seem too tame for today's readers. You've heard of evolution, the phasing out and in of a species, well, the mystery genre is no different. It used to be a separate class, now more often than not it is partnered with suspense or thriller. But, we learn from the foundation, the what was, and how it grew. So, the classics will never die. They will keep inspiring writers and readers to interpret, re-interpret and re-write with an eye toward taking the best from the best in the past and twisting it to their unique style and slant.
You've heard the old saw, "Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean the fire's out in the furnace." That goes for the classics too. Will yours be one of those somewhere down the line when new writers and readers look for inspiration in a good classic mystery?