Month: November 2014

P.D. James Dies at 94

It is perfectly possible to remain within the constraints and conventions of the (crime and mystery) genre and be a serious writer, saying something true about men and women and their relationships and the society in which they live. P.D. James -3 August 1920; died 27 November 2014 The Grand Dame of British crime fiction, P. D. James, died peacefully in her home in Oxford, England, this morning.  She was 94. I met Lady Phillis Dorothy James of Holland Park in Bristol, England in May of 2012, where she gave a presentation on her latest novel, Death Comes to Pemberley,  at the UK Crime Writer’ Association’s Crimefest. She was sharp of mind and clear of soul, having lived a life of crime fiction writing for some fifty years. For any not in the know, P.D. James was the author of the famed Inspector Adam Dalgliesh series. Her crime novels explored religious and ethical dimensions rarely seen in crime fiction and even considered ‘passe’ in some circles. For this reason, she is one of my most revered authors, not only for her great artistry, but also for her refusal to bend with the winds of fashion. Spirituality and the nature of good and evil, such old fashioned phrases, were at the heart of her mysteries. Her books always contained at least one religious character, a sign of her devotion to Anglicanism....

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INTERVIEW With Sonia Meyer-Author of “Dosha, Flight of the Russian Gypsies:

  1.This is such a richly detailed historical saga, with at least four beautifully realized fictional worlds presented to us as readers. To what extent do these different worlds mirror events and experiences in your own life – the nomadic life of the Roma/Gypsies, the world of horses and dressage teams, Russian ballet, and the plight of persecuted peoples fleeing to safety during WWII?                                                           Most of the events mirror my...

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Book Review: Dosha, The Flight of the Russian Gypsies by Sonia Meyer

The prophecy of Dosha Alone you are going to cross the baro kalo pani, the one the Gadje call the ocean, to find new paths enabling the Lovara to return to our free way of life.    I am very pleased that my first book review at Crime Scene Reviews is the sweeping historical saga, Dosha, Flight of the Russian Gypsies, by Sonia Meyer (Author Interview here) which I’ve selected from Book Club Reading List.  This deeply moving account of the tragic plight of Russian Romany gypsies is an appropriate choice for this site because it deals with a horrific crime...

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