RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE; or, The Murderous Miss Mooney

Being an actress in the late nineteenth century can be fraught with peril. For one thing, there are the lecherous theatregoers--but Bridget Mooney can avoid them, except of course when she doesn't want to. More bothersome are the crimes and mysteries she encounters involving people like Ulysses S. Grant, Lillie Langtry, Thomas Alva Edison, and Jesse James. Two of the ten stories in Renowned Be Thy Grave were finalists for the Agatha Christie Award.


Renowned Be Thy Grave has collected ten high-spirited cases that dump high-living Gilded Age actress/​detective/​adventurer Bridget Mooney into criminal plots involving the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Alva Edison, Jesse James, and Mack Sennett.

Late-nineteenth-century actress Bridget Mooney, who had been appearing in original anthologies since 1989, is a lively character, as much rogue as detective. . . . Real-life newspaper clippings at the end of each story add to the enjoyment.
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Those with an interest in well-researched historical mysteries should enjoy Renowned Be Thy Grave, or The Murderous Miss Mooney by P. M. Carlson. This is a collection of ten stories about Bridget Mooney, the actress and amateur detective who shows up, Zelig-like in stories with such famous historical persons as Ulysses S. Grant, Lily Langtry, Thomas Edison, Charles Parnell, and Sarah Bernhardt.
Deadly Pleasures

Dashing, red-haired Bridget Mooney is a traveling actress who takes her pleasure where she finds it, and enjoys a good cigar when she can afford one or lift one from the pocket of a dozing pal. ("If he'd wanted to be asked, he shouldn't have gone to sleep, should he?") Begin reading at the table of contents, where elaborate titles and subtitles provide clues about the famous figures Bridget will encounter. "The Dirty Little Coward that Shot Mr. Howard; or, Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On" is straightforward--but what a shock to learn who really shot Jesse James. In "The Jersey Lily; or, Make Me Immortal with a Kiss," Lillie Langtry and Bridget discover common bonds, including beloved little "nieces" being raised by others. Not all the stories are merry ones: "Parties Unknown by the Jury" is an account of lynchings; "The Father of the Bride" tells a little-remembered tragedy in the life of President Grant. . . .the final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again.
The Drood Review of Mystery


AUDITION FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1967)-- "Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and starring that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Los Angeles Daily News
MURDER IS ACADEMIC (Maggie Ryan 1968)-- “treats violation of truth in tandem with assault and rape—true violations of person, mind, and body—and presents a cogent case for the inviolability both of persons and truth.” — The Armchair Detective
MURDER IS PATHOLOGICAL (Maggie Ryan 1969) “The vandal is elusive. When at last the mystery is solved, the conclusion is stunning.” –– The Armchair Detective
MURDER UNRENOVATED (Maggie Ryan 1972) "Terrific characters, funny incidents, genuine suspense, and an absolutely right sense of period and place." -- The Purloined Letter
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER (Maggie Ryan 1973)-- “A tightly woven thriller, warm and beautifully paced with a bittersweet finale. This show must go on!” -- Dorothy Salisbury Davis, MWA Grand Master
MURDER IN THE DOG DAYS (Maggie Ryan 1975)-- "An ingeniously plotted, fair-play, locked-room mystery, one of the best we've encountered." -- The Denver Post
MURDER MISREAD (Maggie Ryan 1977)-- "A tasty blend of irreverence and sincerity... [Maggie] conducts her crime-busting with quiet panache.” –– Entertainment Weekly
GRAVESTONE --- "Chock full of everything a mystery reader loves: fully drawn characters, a strong sense of place, keen pacing." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
BLOODSTREAM --- "Carlson's characters are sharp and strong, and the story's unexpected twists and turns will leave you reeling." New Woman
DEATHWIND --- "A genuinely shocking climax. Believable characters and an unusual setting close the deal: this one's a winner." Booklist
CROSSFIRE --- "Deputy Marty Hopkins lands in the middle of an arson case that forces her to confront her own terrifying memories.... A virtuoso climax." Kirkus
RENOWNED BE THY GRAVE --- "The final word on Bridget is that she's full of verve, meets fascinating people, and we hope to encounter her often again." The Drood Review
P.M. Carlsons Krimis in deutscher Übersetzung
Roman Patricije M. Carlson na hrvatskom jeziku