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Margery Allingham

Three Books: Margery Allingham

A published author at 19, Margery Allingham dabbled in occult-themed pulp fiction and playwriting before finding her calling in murder mysteries. More than 25 novels and short story collections feature, to some degree, her gentleman detective Albert Campion and his ex-burglar valet Magersfontein Lugg. A mysterious rogue equally at home

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Margery Allingham

Three Books: Margery Allingham

A published author at 19, Margery Allingham dabbled in occult-themed pulp fiction and playwriting before finding her calling in murder mysteries. More than 25 novels and short story collections feature, to some degree, her gentleman detective Albert Campion and his ex-burglar valet Magersfontein Lugg. A mysterious rogue equally at home

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Mondays Are Murder

Mondays Are Murder

For those of you who have been following me since the beginning, first I want to say “Thank you!” With my first book finally in print, the response has been overwhelming. There are almost 1,000 copies in print or downloaded, which for an unknown, self-published title is outstanding. And I

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A History of Kilts

A History of the Kilt, Part II

According to legend, in about 1720, a Quaker from Lancashire named Thomas Rawlinson was working with Ian MacDonnell, chief of the MacDonnells of Glengarry, on a charcoal and iron foundry near Inverness. While trying to fit in with the locals, Rawlinson had taken to wearing a feileadh beg, the common walking kilt

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A History of Kilts

A History of the Kilt, Part I

Scotsmen, she had occasion to observe, often did have nice knees. Perhaps that was why they insisted upon kilts. — Gail Carriger If you’ve ever been to a Highland games, a Scottish wedding or just a pub crawl on Saint Patricks’ day, you’ve probably encountered lads in kilts. You might

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The Caber Toss

A Bunch of Tossers

Few things put the “games” in Highland Games more than the caber toss. If you’ve ever been to a Scottish Festival, you probably had trouble missing those imposing men and women — also known as “throwers” or “tossers” — doing their able best to flip a telephone pole end over

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Types of Murder Mysteries

Types of Mysteries, Part II

Last month we looked at some of the major types of murder mysteries in lit today. The Whodunit and the Hard-Boiled Detective are classic tropes in mystery fiction. Let’s finish up the list with four more favorites. The Pastiche is really big right now. You may not know the term,

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Mystery Author Liam Ashe

Just in case we haven’t met, I am Liam Ashe, author and outspoken fan of Golden Age mysteries and edge-of-your-seat thrillers. My books feature Scottish historian Elle Mackay, former spy Mafalda Marchand and curiosity merchant Emery Vaughn. My first book, Thou Shalt Not Kilt, is available on Amazon.

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