Thank God It’s Tuesday (this week’s Monday)! #tgim #mysteries #writing #crimefiction @edgarawards

Today’s TGITTWM kick-off-the-week quote comes from Lillian de la Torre, the late historical mystery writer, from a 1974 essay reprinted in the Edgar Awards annual magazine following this year’s 70th anniversary ceremony. In it, de la Torre describes the attributes of a successful true-crime book . . .

“I don’t forget that shibboleth of today, ‘relevance,’ but I don’t confuse timeliness with relevance. I think that any book is relevant which lays bare the well-springs of the human soul, as a competent study of a crime, whenever it happened, must do.”

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