Marcia writes: "Agatha Christie dedicated BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS to the 'many readers . . . who write to me asking: What has happened to Tommy and Tuppence? What are they doing now?' By the time of her last novel, POSTERN OF FATE, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have three children. Their adopted daughter, Betty, is working in Africa and the twins, Deborah and Derek, are married. At the end of the novel, Deborah makes a brief appearance at the Beresfords with her children. Now, years later, I couldn't help but wonder what the Beresford grandchildren might be doing today."
“Conventional Wisdom” originally appeared in MALICE DOMESTIC 9, an anthology of 14 original mystery stories inspired by Agatha Christie. “The stories in this anthology are about real people: no drug dealers, no secret agents, no gangbangers, no serial killers, no stalkers,” said Joan Hess in her introduction to the collection. “Here you’ll find a commonality that’s more frightening. Lock your door, fix a cup a tea, and curl up on the sofa … as someone comes up behind you, holding not an assault weapon but merely a pillow to slip behind your back. Perhaps.”
“. . . well-crafted gems by some of today’s wittiest and most well-known mystery writers.—Library Journal
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About the Author
Marcia Talley's Agatha and Anthony award-winning short stories have appeared in more than a dozen collections, including anthologies edited by New York Times best-selling authors Lawrence Block, Elizabeth George, Laura Lippman, and Anne Perry. They have been selected for inclusion in "The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories" and "The Deadly Bride and 21 of the Year's Finest Crime and Mystery Stories," edited by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.
"My mother was an avid mystery fan, and a charter subscriber to Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine, so mysteries were always around the house," Marcia told a Philadelphia newspaper. "I was also a great fan of that old television show, 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' and am grateful that although it appeared on TV late on a Sunday night (a school night--gasp!) I was allowed to stay up to watch it . . . I think my fondness for quirky endings can be traced back directly to Mr. Hitchcock."
Marcia divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland and living aboard an antique sailboat in the Bahamas with a husband who loves to sail and a cat who doesn't.