#Myrtle Mondays: The Fight to Vote

Americans have a big election coming up in a few weeks, with early voting and voting by mail happening right now, and 2020 marks the centennial of national women’s suffrage in the United States. But many of us aren’t aware of just how rocky and uneven the road to universal suffrage has been—full of switchbacks, detours, closed roads, and obstacles—or how precarious those rights continue to be. (more…)

#MyrtleMondays: Sherlock Holmes, Myrtle, & Me: The Strand Magazine

If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you no doubt know the name The Strand. This British and American magazine is famous for publishing many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries, beginning with “The Scandal in Bohemia” in 1891 and continuing well into the twentieth century (not counting the Great Hiatus). Doyle’s association with The Strand lasted forty years and included some 200 stories, articles, poems, and serialized novels.

Budding Victorian detective Myrtle Hardcastle (whose first two adventures, Premeditated Myrtle and How to Get Away with Myrtle are now available) is a great admirer of Doyle’s consulting detective, and therefore an avid reader of The Strand. In fact, as Book 3, Cold-Blooded Myrtle (coming October 2021) begins, Myrtle is eagerly awaiting the release of the December 1893 edition. (more…)