Monday, October 17, 2005

Old Woman Pumps New Life Into Mystery Novels

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A veteran TV writer is trying to pump new life into mystery novels by creating a character she claims is “Florida’s oldest private eye.”

Rita Lakin has written for Dynasty and Dallas and is now turning her typewriter towards the mystery genre with a character named “Gladdy Gold,” who lives in a Florida retirement community when not solving murders.

Lakin – a senior herself – is basing the 75-year-old Gladdy on some of her female relatives who spend their days gabbing about early-bird specials.

Although the concept of an investigator old enough to be one of the Golden Girls is meant to be humorous, Lakin has no doubt that an oldster would make a great detective because “they see things younger people don’t.”

Plus, she says, they’re practical and know enough to bring plenty of food and playing cards if they’re going out on a stakeout.

The first Gladdy Gold mystery, Getting Old Is Murder (Bantam), hits stores Oct. 25 and the second will be released in February.

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