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Karen Odden

Karen Odden's interest in the Victorian era and specifically railway crashes goes back to her New York University doctoral dissertation, which explored how the medical, parliamentary, and literary representations of railway disasters helped to create a discourse out of which Freud and others fashioned their ideas of trauma.Karen currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, her two children, and her ridiculously cute beagle, Rosy.


Genres: Historical Mystery
   A Lady in the Smoke (2016)
Karen Odden recommends
The Lace Widow (2023)
(Eliza Hamilton Mystery, book 1)
Mollie Ann Cox
"Wonderfully steeped in the sights and sounds of early 1800s New York City, this novel places the newly widowed Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and her clever friend Alice at the center of a compelling mystery with its roots in a conspiracy to blame Hamilton for money missing from the Treasury. Eliza must defend her husband's legacy and prevent her son from being accused of murder - all while comporting herself with enough decorum to keep gossips at bay. The talented, courageous Eliza is a heroine to root for!"
The Lindbergh Nanny (2022)
Mariah Fredericks
"Suspenseful and compelling, The Lindbergh Nanny is one of the best historical novels I have read in recent years. In Fredericks' deft hands, Betty Gow is vulnerable, observant, and utterly relatable. The pacing is perfect, the emotional stakes high, and the secondary characters, with all their flaws, are sensitively portrayed. Fans of Sarah Blake, Jennifer Egan, and Kate Morton will find much to love here. Not to be missed by anyone who loves well-wrought historical fiction with a humane spirit."
Death in a Pale Hue (2022)
(Art Center Mystery, book 1)
Susan Van Kirk
"A charming cozy with a sensitive young artist heroine, Jill Madison, who returns to her small town with the best of intentions-to develop a non-profit art center to serve the community-only to discover an old murder that will pull the community apart before it can mend. With a rich cast of secondary characters-including Jill's intuitive detective brother Tom, the dour board member Ivan who constantly doubts Jill's management abilities, and a range of suspects-it's an entertaining read and a wonderful start to what I hope will be a series!"

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Karen Odden
Black Cat Weekly #108 (2023)
(Black Cat Weekly, book 108)
SoWest: Love Kills (2021)
(Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Anthology, book 9)
edited by
Deborah J Ledford

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