Cleo Jasper, a beautiful woman in her early twenties drops out of sight while attending an exclusive school for the learning disabled Shortly before her disappearance, she had wandered into the law offices of Tom Aragon, the engaging young hero of Ask for Me Tomorrow and The Murder of Miranda Cleo s older brother Hilton, hires Aragon to find the vulnerable girl and bring her back home Hilton s dedication to his little sister is tinged with guilt and perhaps something for he has already alienated his wife and son by his devotion to Cleo.In a trailer park, far from the kind of environment Cleo has been used to, Aragon finds the body of her closest friend, a counselor at the school The corpse is surrounded by suicide messages, one of them addressed to Cleo But he doesn t find Cleo, who remains as elusive and as slippery as a mermaid.Agatha Christie was a great admirer of Margaret Millar s work becuase she is always different She always is Mermaid is a striking example of her storytelling skill and her never failing ability to surprise. Read Mermaid Author Margaret Millar – tbjewellers.co.uk
Margaret Ellis Millar n e Sturm was an American Canadian mystery and suspense writer Born in Kitchener, Ontario, she was educated there and in Toronto She moved to the United States after marrying Kenneth Millar better known under the pen name Ross Macdonald They resided for decades in the city of Santa Barbara, which was often utilized as a locale in her later novels under the pseudonyms of San Felice or Santa Felicia Millar s books are distinguished by sophistication of characterization Often we are shown the rather complex interior lives of the people in her books, with issues of class, insecurity, failed ambitions, loneliness or existential isolation or paranoia often being explored with an almost literary quality that transcends the mystery genre Unusual people, mild societal misfits or people who don t quite fit into their surroundings are given much interior detail In some of the books we are given chilling and fascinating insight into what it feels like to be losing touch with reality and evolving into madness In general, she is a writer of both expressive description and yet admirable economy, often ambitious in the sociological underpinnings of the stories and the quality of the writing.Millar often delivers effective and ingenious surprise endings, but the details that would allow the solution of the surprise have usually been subtly included, in the best genre tradition One of the distinctions of her books, however, is that they would be interesting, even if you knew how they were going to end, because they are every bit as much about subtleties of human interaction and rich psychological detail of individual characters as they are about the plot.Millar was a pioneer in writing intelligently about the psychology of women Even as early as the 40s and 50s, her books have a very mature and matter of fact view of class distinctions, sexual freedom and frustration, and the ambivalence of moral codes depending on a character s economic circumstances Her earliest novels seem unusually frank Read against the backdrop of Production Code era movies of the time, they remind us that life as lived in the 40s and 50s was not as black and white morally as Hollywood would have us believe.While she was not known for any one recurring detective unlike her husband, whose constant gumshoe was Lew Archer , she occasionally used a detective character forthan one novel Among her occasional ongoing sleuths were Canadians Dr Paul Prye her first invention, in the earliest books and Inspector Sands a quiet, unassuming Canadian police inspector who might be the most endearing of her recurring inventions In the California years, a few books featured either Joe Quinn, a rather down on his luck private eye, or Tom Aragorn, a young, Hispanic lawyer.Sadly, most of Millar s books are out of print in America, with the exception of the short story collection The Couple Next Door and two novels, An Air That Kills and Do Evil In Return, that have been re issued as classics by Stark House Press in California.In 1956 Millar won the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Best Novel award for Beast in View In 1965 she was awarded the Woman of the Year Award by the Los Angeles Times In 1983 she was awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition of her lifetime achievements.
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