Posts Tagged ‘Barbara Mertz’

MPM_DisplayPic“You didn’t get ideas. You smelled them out, tracked them down, wrestled them into submission; you pursued them with forks and hope, and if you were lucky enough to catch one you impaled it, with the forks, before the sneaky little devil could get away.” – Naked Once More, p. 170.

This is a quote from one of my personal favorites of Barbara’s series characters, Jacqueline Kirby who has been something of a role model for me as a fellow librarian. 😉 It conveys a part of the  appeal of not only this character, but of the feel in all Barbara’s novels – and it is one of the more cogent things I’ve ever read about the “joys” of the writing process!


I have been so fortunate to not only read everything Barbara has written, but to have gotten to know her, paticularly while I was chairing the Agatha awards at Malice Domestic. I can honestly say that the breadth of her knowledge, humor and interests that readers discover in her books is completely characteristic of the author as a person — and is topped by her genuine warmth and care for her fans and friends. So as a way to celebrate her life and writing, we have a display in the library highlighting books we have (under all three names!) and handouts of the bibliography of all her works, so you can request the ones we don’t have as Inter-library Loans. If you have not had the chance to read her books before, I am pleased to be the one to introduce you to the redoubtable and wonderful, Barbara Mertz.


Click on the photo below of our MPM Bibliography — that’s currently available in the Mystery book section — to see the list here.


To see just a few of the many tributes to Barbara, click on the links below:

USA Today

The Washington Post

The Guardian (U.K.)

The Bunburyist: Dr. Barbara Mertz, Trailblazer.

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