Drinking while Reading

Being out of tequila is a drag, but as it turns out, gin margaritas are a thing! Not bad, but not the same.

My less than favorite margarita paired with a biography of my favorite crime writer!

I’d been a fan of Anne Perry for years before I discovered that she and her friend were the inspiration of Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” (1994). I haven’t seen the movie and I haven’t read anything about Juliet Hulme’s real life… until now. I’m not that far into The Search of Anne Perry, but by all accounts Drayton’s book is a masterpiece of detail and has the approval and input of Juliet, as well as her friends and family.

GoodReads says,

Anne Perry (born Juliet Hulme) is a British historical novelist.

[…] Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction. Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger.

As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories. Her story “Heroes,” which first appeared the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. […]

If you haven’t tried one of her novels, what are you waiting for? I highly recommend these two: A Breach of Promise (the first one I read), and The Whitechapel Conspiracy (exploring the Jack the Ripper horror).


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