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Challenging POV

There are a lot of “rules” when it comes to point of view. There is first person, often used in young adult and mysteries, and often either loved or hated by readers. There is third person, often used in romance. This is the basis for deep third person POV, which has been particularly popular for the last few years. The “rules” say you can only have two, the hero and heroine, or three, the hero, heroine, and villain. There is omniscient POV, once popular and now guaranteed to gain you a low score in any contest if a POV purist is judging.

Any POV needs to be handled clearly and competently by the author. That’s one rule that should always be kept. And as authors, we need to remember that different readers like different styles of POV.

Being a mystery writer, I thought I was one who preferred first person until I read Louise Penny. Bury Your Dead is a Chief Inspector Gamache mystery and uses a large number of points of view with dexterity and clarity. At one point, after a police interview with an English speaking witness who can read French fluently but struggles with spoken French, there is one paragraph in the POV of a police constable taking notes. The policeman is never named, but the story would have been poorer if  a POV purist editor had removed this paragraph. This same man gets another paragraph in his POV many pages later as another witness is interviewed. Again, it enriches the story.

And then a page or two later, the POV changes from the chief investigator to a witness for four paragraphs before it returns back to the chief investigator.

The next chapter changes POV to a different investigator in another town. This frequent changing continues on for the entire book. I was never confused, but I was fascinated. I’d never read a book with so many POV shifts, or if I had, it was probably thrown at the wall. The story drew me in to such a degree I didn’t notice until I was well into the story. By then, I didn’t care about anything but the story.

And that taught me something. It’s not the POV, it’s not the rules, it’s all about the story. And if it works, that’s all that matters.


Kate Parker continues to write both the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries and the Deadly series in first person. Her entries into the Christmas Revels anthology series are in third person, but without the flair with which Louise Penny uses POV. 


Saying Farewell to a series

Sue Grafton is running out of the alphabet. Darynda Jones is filling up the graveyard. Agatha Christie feared the bombs dropping on London during World War II and so wrote final novels for her sleuths, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. She survived and left the books with her bank as she wrote other stories in those series, knowing she’d already prepared them a suitable farewell. Margaret Frazer’s series with Dame Frevisse and Joliffe came to an end with her early death.

Every series, no matter how well loved by readers, must come to an end. And so it is with the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series. The romantic arc I’d imagined when I started The Vanishing Thief 5 years ago has come to an end with The Detecting Duchess, out today.

No author ends a series lightly, especially one as popular as the Victorian Bookshop mysteries have been. But my brain or my muse or the voices inside my head have moved on. Georgia and the duke no longer converse with me when I’m trying to sleep. I’m at work on my third Deadly series story, Deadly Fashion, with number four, Deadly Deception, churning in my mind like a hurricane.

Plus I have the first in a new series, set in the dawn of the Edwardian era of big hats and newfangled motor cars, already written. Readers who liked the Archivist Society and the idea of a group of sleuths will enjoy the Gates. They’re a close knit group, all right, but not exactly of sleuths. And there will be the slow blooming romance between my main character, milliner Emily Gates, and a certain Scotland Yard detective. I hope those who’ve enjoyed the late Victorian era will take a step into the new century as Emily finds her first dead body.

So I’m saying goodbye to a part of my life for the past five years with fond memories of hard work, long hours, and gratifyingly good comments from readers. And I’m saying hello to more long hours and hard work spent in the first years of the Edwardian era and the turbulent pre-World War II years. I hope the readers follow me to new adventures with murder, mayhem, and intrepid lady sleuths.

The newest from Kate Parker, The Detecting Duchess, is out now at all major on line retailers in print and ebook. For what’s coming next, check or

Fangirl Friday

TheConspiringWoman-200x300The Conspiring Woman by Kate Parker debuted this week. The fourth Georgia Fenchurch/Victorian Bookshop Mystery goes into late-Victorian London in search of a missing child and his mother. Georgia is almost alone as this case begins. Aunt Phyllida is nursing a friend through pneumonia. Emma is on her honeymoon. The Duke of Blackford has traveled to America to check on his investments.

And then Georgia discovers more well-to-do women are missing. Vanished without a sign. While she searches for them, hoping this will bring her closer to finding the child, she receives a letter from the Duke. He asks for a meeting as soon as he returns to London. Will this meeting give her everything her heart desires, or break her heart?

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Fan Girl Friday – July 3

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New This Week

On Tuesday, July 7th, we will celebrate the release of Kate Parker’s ROYAL ASSASSIN

The_Royal_Assassin2When the Duke of Blackford enters her bookstore, Georgia knows the Archivist Society is in need of her services. The Tsar of Russia and his family are visiting Queen Victoria on the auspices of the engagement of the Russian princess Kira to the son of the Queen’s cousin. When Kira’s bodyguard is found dead on a train returning from Scotland, the Queen calls on Blackford to discreetly protect the princess and prevent an international incident.

The Russian royalty refuses help in finding the murderer, suspecting anarchists and demanding every extremist in London be hanged. But that is far from the English way. To get the job done, Georgia must go undercover as Kira’s English secretary. She soon discovers that anarchy isn’t the only motive in the case-and that someone is determined to turn royal wedding bells into a funeral dirge.

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On Sale This Week

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Touring with a book in mind

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to travel, particularly to visit historic sites. Like every other writer, I’ll walk into a building or garden or field and the story will start to grow. I thought I’d share some of the sites I used to write The Counterfeit Lady, which came out August 5th.

First off, if you’re going to have a murder, it has to occur somewhere. When I decided Lady Phyllida’s cousin was going to be murdered and her husband blamed, I knew they had to have a period home. It needed to be just south of upper crust. And then I toured the Linley Sambourne house.

The terraced house, townhouse to Americans, at 18 Stafford Terrace, Kensington, London, was built in 1872 and moved into by the newlyweds Linley and Marion Sambourne in 1874. They lived there the rest of their lives. Linley died in 1910 at the end of the Edwardian era and Marion in 1914 just before the outbreak of WWI. Due to some lucky events, nothing in the house was altered until well after the end of WWII. Then the family decided to hand the house over to the city to be a museum of Victorian life and furnishings.

The four story and basement house was perfect as the layout of the home of Kenneth and Clara Gattenger. I admit I redid the furnishings in my mind to suit a naval architect who grew up poor and his aristocratic bride. But the doors, the windows, the stairs, everything was exactly as I wanted it for my murder.

Even without a murder, the house is a fascinating window into Victorian life. I highly recommend a visit if you happen to find yourself in London between September and June.

Another source of Victorian details that I found useful came from the London Transport Museum. Train engines and cars, trolleys, buses, both horse drawn and motorized take up the three level building. Visitors get information on how heavily used mass transit was and what it looked like, down to the seat coverings. Open all year.

One source I couldn’t take advantage of on my last trip to London was the British Library’s newspaper collection. It was being copied onto microfilm, all fifty billion newspapers, with the copies to go to London and the originals to a protected site in Yorkshire. Now, almost all of the newspapers have been copied and they are available in the newspaper reading room in the British Library. Access is by reading pass only, and they recommend anyone overseas apply before coming to London. I certainly plan to try before my next trip. The building is new and huge, near Kings Cross and St. Pancras rail stations.

And then there’s the place I want to visit, not because it will aid in writing late Victorian mysteries, but because there’s just something so intriguing about Bletchley Park. Now open to the public year round as a museum, this was where code breaking reached its zenith in WWII and where the ladies of the Bletchley Circle on PBS worked. When it comes to secrets and mystery and danger, this place is at the top of everybody’s list. It’s a 45 minute train ride from London.

Along the same lines, the Cabinet War Rooms, where Churchill spent much of the war and where the cabinet met, is a treat for any history hound. Unfortunately for those working there, it was just one not well-protected story beneath ground level in the center of heavily bombed London. And Churchill would often go up to the roof of the government building above the bunker to watch the aerial battles at night. I imagine his security people didn’t sleep for the entire war. At the end of the war, the government just closed it up and walked away, opening it decades later as a museum.

One of the best things about any of these sites (except the British Library) is the scores of books sold in their gift shops. Research gems you can take home with you as a souvenir of a fascinating tour.    

You can guess my favorite city to tour, which explains why The Counterfeit Lady is set in London in the late Victorian period. What is your favorite place to tour for ideas and settings for your stories?


The second in the Victorian Bookshop Mystery series, following The Vanishing Thief, is in book stores now. The Counterfeit Lady features the continuing adventures of bookshop owner Georgia Fenchurch and the Duke of Blackford as they solve a case of murder and treason.


Ruby Tuesday: Kate Parker

Welcome to another edition of Ruby Tuesday, that day when we dig deeper and get to know one of our Rubies a little better!  Today we head back east to interrogate the historically mysterious Kate Parker.  Take it away, Kate!

Name: Kate Parker

2009 GH Category & Title: Historical Romance with The Art of a Lady

What Happened to That Book: The Art of a Lady is being completely rewritten and will come out July 2015 as the third Victorian Bookshop Mystery – the first, The Vanishing Thief, came out December 2013

What subgenre(s) do you write? I write cozy, or traditional, mysteries
When did you start writing? (And why?) I’ve always fooled around with writing, but I finally got serious about it in 1999 when my youngest graduated from college and spread her wings, and my husband was disabled in an accident. Why? Because I needed something to focus on outside my life. It could have been running marathons or learning to fly an airplane, but I chose writing because it filled a need inside me.

Kate’s Debut Release

How many books have you written? The Vanishing Thief was number 18. Since then, along with The Counterfeit Lady coming out in August, I’ve written a ghost story that needs polishing, a 1930s spy mystery that needs finishing, and the third contracted Victorian Bookshop Mystery currently receiving its final polish. The first 17 will remain in seclusion, appearing only to be used as jumping off points for better written stories.

Where do you get your best ideas? Gossip. Eavesdropping. Misunderstanding what I see or hear. Mix with a wicked sense of humor and being slightly nuts, and I come up with some great ideas for murders.
Where are you from? I grew up and spent most of my life in the Washington DC area, where I majored in Microbiology at the University of Maryland. Now that I’ve retired, I’ve escaped to the beach.
What’s your astrological sign? I’m a Leo.

Kate’s Upcoming Release

What is your Myers-Briggs designation? I’m an INTJ, which means I’m a pantser writer and I write plot driven stories. I’ve discovered your Myers-Briggs designation affects your writing style.

Which TV show are you most addicted to right now? For some reason, I’ve begun to like thriller-paranormal shows such as Sleepy Hollow and the Stephen King show that was on last summer, both of which I started watching because they were filmed near my home. I also like British mystery shows like Broadchurch and Masterpiece Mysteries and American mysteries like Elementary and NCIS.
Thank you, Kate!

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