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August 18, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Online event
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Mystery Readers Group: Famous Historical People as Detectives

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Teddy Roosevelt helps find a serial killer! Dorothy Parker finds a body under the Algonquin Round Table!

Recently, there have been a lot of historical fiction books with real people as characters-- sometimes closely based on actual events, and sometimes more imaginative. This includes the mystery genre, too. Some of these involve contemporary famous people.

  • Matthew Pearl, The Dante Club: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and others search for a serial killer.
  • J. C. Briggs, The Murder of Patience Brooke: Charles Dickens searches for a murderer, “a man with a crooked face.”
  • J. J. Murphy, Murder Your Darlings: Dorothy Parker finds a body under the Algonquin Round Table, and William Faulkner is a suspect.
  • Michael Ennis, The Malice of Fortune: Machiavelli, with help from Leonard Da Vinci, searches for a killer.
  • Gyles Brandreth, Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance: Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle work to solve a murder (a real event).
  • Caleb Carr: The Alienist: N.Y. Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt helps find a serial killer.
Join us to discuss tales of real people put into fictional tales.

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The Mystery Readers Group meets online on the third Wednesday of each month, with a different topic or guest author at each meeting.

First-timers are always welcome!