First Published In 1941, This Book Introduced The Sleuthing Pair Of Jean Holly Later Jean Abbott And Mr Pat Abbott Whose Adventures Took Them All Over The Globe This Novel Is Set In A Fictionalized Version Of Taos, New Mexico.
Frances Kirkwood Crane was an American mystery author, who introduced private investigator Pat Abbott and his future wife Jean in her first novel, The Turquoise Shop 1941 The Abbotts investigated crimes in a total of 26 volumes, each with a colour in the title.She died in an Albuquerque, New Mexico nursing home, where she had spent the previous few months because of ill health Her ashes were scattered across her home town of Lawrenceville.Frances Crane, author of the colorful Pat and Jean Abbott mystery stories, was born in Lawrenceville, Illinois After graduating from the University of Illinois, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she travelled in Europe While living there in the 1920s she began contributing to magazines, including The New Yorker, in which her satirical Mrs Craig Higgs pieces from England appeared Her articles did not prevent her from expanding into mystery fiction, a genre in which she found great success on both sides of the ocean.Mrs Crane spent a good part of her life traveling the world, living for extended periods in the places that provided the settings for many of her mysteries San Francisco was one of her favorite cities and the home of the Abbotts Her love for that cosmopolitan center was reflected in Thirteen White Tulips, The Amber Eyes, The Man in Gray, and others Similarly, her fascination with Tangier was evidenced in The Coral Princess Murders 1954 , and her love of New Orleans in The Indigo Necklace 1945 Paris, Louisville, Texas, and many other interesting locales were also backgrounds for her mysteries.From 1941 to 1965, Mrs Crane completed 26 novels featuring the Abbotts, whose adventures were broadcast in two radio series in the 1940s and 50s, Abbott Mysteries and Adventures of the Abbotts.
- 188 pages
- The Turquoise Shop
- Frances Crane
- 03 September 2019 Frances Crane