Where my research takes me: the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress

   
Main Reading Room, Library of Congress. Photo by Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons.

All kinds of decisions (and a hundred indecisions, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot) go into the plotting of a mystery. For example, as I was deciding upon the plot points for UNSEEMLY FATE, book 7 of the Concordia Wells Mysteries, I knew I needed a rare literary artifact that would be compatible with the lady professor’s interests (primarily Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantic poets). It was to be a gift from one of Concordia’s new relatives – a RICH relative (I think you can see where I might be going with this), which would set off a chain of catastrophic events that sends Concordia scrambling for the rest of the story.

I had one other proviso: the item couldn’t be SO rare that people would be giving it the squinty-eye and asking how the heck the rich man came to have it, and didn’t it belong in a proper museum, rather than a private gallery at some women’s college? Hmm???

What did I decide upon, and why? Read the rest here, at Misterio Press.

P.S. – Just a reminder…to celebrate the release of UNSEEMLY FATE, I have two giveaways still going on for FREE audiobooks and ebooks/paperbacks! Details on my home page and at Misterio Press. Anyone can enter! Contests end May 15th.

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4 thoughts on “Where my research takes me: the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress”

  1. PatriciaPatricia

    Very cool. Did you have to wear museum gloves when you handled the book? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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