Welcome to Domestic Suspense!

You’ve reached the website for Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, edited by Sarah Weinman. It’s published by Penguin as a trade paperback original and ebook, and you can order the book at your preferred…

So here is something really cool that is also a prime example of lemonade being made from lemons: earlier this month, Sara Paretsky — who kindly read and blurbed Troubled Daughters and has been a real champion of the anthology…

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, whose short story “Lost Generation” was reprinted in Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, died last night in Palisides, NY. She was 98 years old. A private burial will be held at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. A memorial service…

In 1959 the Mystery Writers of America decided their annual anthology should feature stories entirely by women. The resulting volume of fourteen stories, The Lethal Sex, published as a paperback original by Dell (with an amazing Robert McGinnis cover) included…

The summer issue of Mystery Scene includes my essay on the crime novels of Dorothy Salisbury Davis. As much as I’d hoped to be a total completist when I met Davis and upon the publication date of Troubled Daughters, there…

There are a zillion reasons why I love Nedra Tyre’s work, but one key one is that she wrote some of the best, crispest opening lines of anybody. Here’s how her second novel DEATH OF AN INTRUDER (1953), a gloriously…

For months now, I’ve been chasing the ghost of a woman who called herself Marty Holland. For someone who wrote the source material for two key film noirs — FALLEN ANGEL (1945), directed by Otto Preminger, and THE FILE ON…

I’ve been a little obsessed of late with Anne Chamberlain’s 1955 debut novel The Tall Dark Man, which I’ve described to several people as what happens if Rear Window was written from the vantage point of a 13-year-old female fantasist….

Evelyn Piper wrote nine suspense novels, the best known of which are BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING! (1957) and THE NANNY (1962), both turned into successful, nail-biting films. Piper, however was a pseudonym for Merriam Modell (1908-1994), born Miriam Levant in…

As we head into 2014, the direction of this site will broaden to include many more authors of domestic suspense. (I know, I’ve promised this for a while, but related matters have kept me busy, about which more soon.) One…

Pardon me as I brush off the dust that’s gathered on this website over the fall. I do plan to post more frequently in 2014, timed with news I can’t wait to announce after the New Year. The month of…