When we talked about a guest blog, Laurie suggested that I might say a few words about sleuths of size, as I created one in my Josephine Fuller series and I have a list on my web page http://www.maadwomen.com/lynnemurray/essays/sleuthsizelist.html Ã¢â‚¬â€including old time fun mysteries like Rex StoutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fat, genius orchid-growing gourmet sleuth, Nero Wolfe, and Earl Stanley GardnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bertha Cool, a hardboiled, plus sized private investigator with a heart of gold.
I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find any new entries in the past few years in the plus-sized sleuth department. But there is one fat activist sleuth out there–Sue Ann JaffarianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Odelia Grey. Sue Ann has managed a major accomplishmentÃ¢â‚¬â€she began by self publishing her books, and now they are being series reissued by a large publisher, Llewellyn WorldwideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Midnight Ink imprint. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also a television option for her series. Very exciting and encouraging! Susan Jaffarian
Some of the usual suspectsÃ¢â‚¬â€fat sleuths whose series started five to ten years agoÃ¢â‚¬â€have new books coming out this year: Selma EichlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s queen-sized Desiree Shapiro is still solving mysteries and living large in New York City; G.A. MckevettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Savannah Reid, an ex-cop fired for obesity, runs her own detective agency; and Denise SwansonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heroine, Skye Denison, is a plus-sized, small-town school psychologist Skye Denison. Meanwhile in England, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fat AndyÃ¢â‚¬Â Dalziel in Reginald HillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dalziel and Pascoe series is still solving crimes in mid-Yorkshire.
Two African-American sleuths and one African private investigator, show very positive attitudes toward their plus-sized bodies:
Eleanor Taylor Bland, introduces her heroine in Dead Time: The First Marti MacAlister Mystery, as Marti, a plainclothes detective, walks confidently into a hostile crime scene, Ã¢â‚¬Å“At five ten and a hundred sixty pounds she was what her mother had called healthy. Her size pleased her and most people tended to move out of her way.Ã¢â‚¬Â
An interesting interview of the author is at http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/bland_eleanor_taylor.htm
Barbara NeelyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heroine, Blanche White, http://www.blanchewhite.com/ is described as Ã¢â‚¬Å“size 16Ã¢â‚¬Â and quite content with her body, and her professionÃ¢â‚¬â€working as a maid, and solving mysteries along the way. Alexander McCall SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Precious Ramotswe, owner of the No. Ladies Detective Agency, is Ã¢â‚¬Å“traditionally builtÃ¢â‚¬Â and admired by all.
If anyone knows of more recent mysteries featuring sleuths of size, please speak up, because I want to read the books and review them!