Author Anne Da Vigo’s Bakersfield Boys Club, a thriller set in late-seventies Central California, is a riveting story about the abuse of power, unflinchingly realistic, but not without hope. It holds special interest for me because I grew up in Bakersfield where the real world case—known as the Lords of Bakersfield—continues to play out in civil courts. I was eager to talk to Anne about the story behind her story.
As a mystery writer, I have a dilemma: I love the old-fashioned mysteries.
You know, the ones. The master detective solves the murder simply by talking to the suspects while peering at the crime scene with his magnifying glass. All the while, he is on his pipe and examining the evidence without gloves. Then, when he identifies the culprit, the killer confesses and goes away to jail because the detective’s deduction of the evidence is so overwhelming that it is useless to deny it.
Everyone loves a good heroine. That statement got me wondering, what are the qualities that make a memorable heroine? Beauty? Pride? A strong will? Stubborn beyond belief? Courage? A kind soul who is generous to a fault?
Olive Thomas: Where History Meets Mystery by Kari Bovée. The character of Sophia Michelle in my novel Grace in the Wings, the first book in the Grace Michelle mystery series, was inspired by the beautiful and tragic Olive Thomas.