Re: RARA-AVIS: Laura

From: James Reasoner (
Date: 25 May 2002

----- Original Message ----- From: "Peedie Monk" <> To: <> Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 6:14 AM Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Laura

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "JIM DOHERTY" <>
> > What it really is is the first mystery/romance genre
> > crossover. It's damned good, but it might not be your
> > particular thing. Check out the movie. If you like
> > that, you'll probably like the book.
> I'll do that. Romance is a genre I've never investigated. If I did, I'd
> probably start with an Ashley Carter - since I found out AC was a Harry
> Whittington pseudonym I've seen second hand copies everywhere.

Hi, Al. Whittington's books as Ashley Carter aren't really romance novels. Most of them belong to the now-vanished genre known as plantation novels and are set in the pre-Civil War American South. Lots of violence and general, all-around sleaziness. Whittington is such a solid storyteller that I enjoyed the books, though they're nowhere near as good as his mysteries and suspense novels.


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