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As a mystery buff, your resident image-smasher has his favorite authors. Most mystery buffs do. His include Tony Hillerman, Sara Paretsky, Agatha, of course, along with Doyle (he is, after all, a member of the Atlanta Sherlock Holmes Scion Society), a Cleveland local named Les Roberts, John Mortimer (Rumpole), and Margaret Truman.

Margaret Truman? She writes mysteries? Yes, she certainly does! Harry’s daughter grew up in Washington, D.C., and that is where her little episodes are set, in all the famous places. Mrs. Clifton Daniel (Margaret’s husband was an editor at the New York Times when this writer first encountered him) weaves very intricate webs of misdeeds and intrigue, often featuring her favorite characters, Mac and Annabel Smith, who reside at the Watergate. Mac is a professor of criminal law at George Washington University. Annabel runs a pre-Columbian art gallery.

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