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Penny Mickelbury is the author of ten mystery novels in three successful series: The Carole Ann Gibson Mysteries, the Phil Rodriquez Mysteries, and the MimiPatterson/GiannaMaglione Mysteries. Her short stories have been included in several mystery anthologies, among them Spooks, Spies and Private Eyes and Send My Love and a Molotov Cocktail, and she has contributed articles to Mystery Readers Journal. She also is an accomplished playwright. She was a newspaper, radio and TV reporter in her former life, Penny's first non-mystery, BELLE CITY: A Novel of the South, will be published in 2014. Penny recently returned to live in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
At the weekend I read those three gems (the first one was originally published in 1991). First I loved the characters Gianna, head of the hate crimes unit and her team, Mimi, the investigative reporter and her editor and friends - the main, but also the secondary and tertiary characters are great. Then there is the crisp, neat writing with a great plot and a style where every word and sentence counts - pure pleasure! A sprinkling of romance and a not so easy relationship. And great plots. Sadly the cases of the hate crime unit could have easily happened today - so the plots feel fresh even after all those years. And for those looking for characters and settings outside the white mainstream, there are plenty of African-Americans in it too.
It is good to have such great books re-published and re-introduced to the growing readership of mysteries with great female characters.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)