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Susanna Calkins | Writing the Speakeasy Murders
Author Guest / June 3, 2019

How does a 17th-century British historian move from mead and murder ballads to cocktails and speakeasies? When I first announced my new series, The Speakeasy Murders set in 1929 Chicago, I was met with excitement and some questions. Why the big jump? After all, my first series was set in mid 17th century London. Some people, very sweetly, even asked if Gina Ricci (my new protagonist) was the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Lucy Campion (my original 17th-century protagonist)! I get the questions. I mean, on the one hand, as someone who has taught world history from the beginning of recorded time to present day, I can assure you that 260 years is not very long timespan at all! But on the other hand, the Roaring Twenties probably seems a thousand years away from the 1660s, with its decimating plague, religious warfare, and the Great Fire (After all, I used to half-joke that contemporaries referred to 1666 as the “Devil’s year.”) Socially, culturally, politically—these are very distinct eras, and I approached researching my new series very differently. While I did seek to familiarize myself through scholarly books with the general trends of the 1920s, and Chicago more specifically, I also spent a lot…

Fresh Pick | FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS by Susanna Calkins
Fresh Pick / June 1, 2014

Fresh Pick for Sunday, June 1st, 2014 is FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS by Susanna Calkins #ReviewersFavorite Minotaur Books May 2014 On Sale: April 22, 2014 352 pages ISBN: 1250007887 EAN: 9781250007889 Kindle: B00G1F5L66 Hardcover / e-Book Add to Wish List Mystery Historical Buy A Copy Kindle Powell’s Books Indiebound From The Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins It’s 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady’s maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact—the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest. film streaming vf Searching for a purpose now that there’s no lady in the magistrate’s household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can’t help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It…