So excited to have my debut novel Behind the Night Bazaar blogged in the USA for the first time by Margot Kinberg. Margot includes Behind the Night Bazaar in her discussion of crime novelists who reference other crime novelists in their work — providing me with the added thrill of being tagged alongside Christie, Conan Doyle and Chandler. Of Behind the Night Bazaar, Margot says in the comments, “It really is in my opinion an excellent novel.”

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Authors understand as few other people can what other authors go through and what it’s like to be an author. That’s true in just about any genre and it’s certrainly true in crime fiction. So it’s a special compliment when one author pays tribute to another in a novel or series. And it happens more frequently than you might think. I’ll just give a few examples; I’m sure you can think of others.

Many people know that Agatha Christie mentions Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in several of her works. Christie fans will also know that she and P.G. Wodehouse admired each other’s work quite a lot. In fact Christie’s Hallowe’en Party is dedicated to Wodehouse. Murder in Mesopotamia is told from the point of view of Amy Leatheran, a nurse who’s been hired by noted archaeologist Eric Leidner. Leidner’s wife Louise has been having fears and anxieties – she…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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  1. Angela – Thanks so much for passing along my blog post 🙂 – and I really did enjoy Behind the Night Bazaar.


    • angelasavage says:

      It’s a pleasure Margot. I loved your piece on writers who doff their caps to their literary predecessors. I wonder if we are motivated in part by a desire to bask in their reflected glory 😉


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