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February 03, 2016



Have you read Sue Ann Jaffarian's Odelia Grey mysteries? I think they sound like your cup of brandy. (No tea for you, I can tell.)

Lori Rader-Day

I'm drinking tea right now, Mark! And I have not, so I'll add them to my list. Thank you!


Thanks for dropping by, Lori! I thought this past week's episode of "Agent Carter" addressed this theme rather wonderfully, talking about what's allowed for women, or more importantly, what's not. No, they weren't going to smudge Peggy's lipstick, but they did show her nom-noming a doughnut with abandon.

Charlaine Harris

Oh! Nurse Hilda Adams from Mary Roberts Rineharts' books. Bertha Cool from the A.A. Fair books. And even Dana Stabenow's Native American detective Kate Shugak. She is wonderfully down-to-earth.


Well, hey! That's some amazing company in. I agree on Vera, Precious and Miss M so now I'm gagging to check out Amy and Hazel. As for recommendations: have you read Julia Keller? Is it time to re-watch Prime Suspect?

Lynne Raimondo

Great post Lori! VI Warshawsky also comes to mind.

Lori Rader-Day

I love all these suggestions! And, Dana, I LOVED that part of Agent Carter. Well, I loved it all, but that was a funny moment.

Elaine Viets

Can VI be forgiven for her fine Italian-made shoes, Lori? If so, she's your kind of woman.
Second Sue's Odelia Gray series.

Lori Rader-Day

Hmm. Fine Italian-made shoes are a lot to overcome...

Does she have fine bone structure, too? I can't remember.

Elaine Viets

She's naturally slim and goes for long walks with her shared golden retriever. She wears the shoes because her Italian mother said a woman should never wear poorly made shoes. If she's following her late mother's wishes, does she get a pass?

Lourdes Venard

Love Vera! You might also like Elly Griffith's Ruth Galloway series. She reminds me a bit of a younger Vera: slightly overweight, not really fashionable, lives alone in a secluded cottage. And solves mysteries, of course.

Lori Rader-Day

Elaine, if she's that completely based on Sara Paretsky, she gets a pass for sure. BROAD.

Lourdes, OF COURSE. Thank you! I got to meet Elly last year but haven't read her books yet.

Storyteller Mary

I loved the Mrs. Pollifax books, and cried a little when I got to the end of the series. "A woman of a certain age," tough but friendly and outgoing, who gathers a circle of trusted helpers wherever she goes, and excels at judo! I want to BE her.

Lori Rader-Day

I forgot about Mrs. Pollifax! I've only read the first one but I LOVED it!!

Lori Rader-Day

Thank you to Ann Cleeves for her nice message about this post and to Elaine Viets for having me visit!

Elaine Viets

Delighted to have you as a guest, Lori. You're our kind of broad.

Mollie Bryan

I love the Julia Spencer Flemming "Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne" series. I'm not sure you'd call Clare a broad, but she certainly is no-nonsense and sometimes borders on the unlikable.

Lori Rader-Day

Good one, Mollie! Thank you!

Kathy Reel

I second the Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series and Julia Spencer-Fleming's Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series.

Lori Rader-Day

Thanks, Kathy!

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