Readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Margot Kinberg’s wonderful blog, Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. Margot’s latest post, on adoption in crime fiction, makes fascinating reading. Fraud in overseas adoption was the subject of my second novel, The Half-Child, which gets a mention in this post. If you can think of crime novels in which adoption plays a role, other than those mentioned by Margot, feel free to add them in the comments section. Enjoy!
Not long ago, I read an interesting post from D.S. Nelson about things that it’s best not to say to pregnant women. The post is both witty and spot-on – well-written and well worth a read. And it inspired me to think about the issue from a different perspective: the adoptive family. Adoptive mothers don’t get the pointed remarks about cravings and the well-meant advice about childbirth that pregnant mothers do. But people still have points of view about it. Trust me. And I’ll get to some of the things it’s best not to say to an adoptive parent later in this post.
Adoption hasn’t always been regarded as positively as it is now. In Agatha Christie’s short story Dead Man’s Mirror for instance, we are introduced to the Chevenix-Gore family. It’s an old, proud and distinguished family, and no-one is more conscious of that than the present patriarch Gervase…
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