The Devereaux Legacy

Carolyn Hart. Prometheus/Seventh Street, $13.95 trade paper (190p) ISBN 978-1-61614-704-4
In the new introduction to this Carolyn Hart classic reissue, Hart (What the Cat Saw) explains just how difficult it was for a woman to publish mysteries in the late 1970s (“New York believed in two kinds of mysteries, the hard-boiled private eye books written by American men and traditional mysteries written by dead English ladies”). Leah Devereaux Shaw’s quest to locate other family members after the death of the grandmother who raised her takes Leah to a historic plantation in South Carolina, where she finds a ghost, danger, and love. Despite the dated, formulaic plot, this “gothic romance” (as it was labeled on first publication in 1986) shows the promise of the future winner of multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Hart fans will appreciate what were later to become the author’s signature elements: the Lowcountry setting, the vivid physical description, and surprising twists. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/10/2012
Release date: 02/01/2013
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Hardcover - 174 pages - 978-0-7862-2076-2
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