Monday, April 7, 2008

Family affair

The Clarks, mother Mary Higgins Clark and daughter Carol Higgins Clark, each have new books hitting the shelves Tuesday: Where Are You Now by MHC and Zapped by CHC. This got us thinking about other mystery writers whose relatives also made their mark in mysteries.

Dick Francis' latest mystery, Dead Heat, was co-authored with son Felix Francis. Christopher Rice, son of Ann Rice, has several of his own books out, the latest of which is Blind Fall.

E.W. Hornung, who gave us Raffles and the Crime Doctor, was brother-in-law to Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. And while Joe Hill, author of The Heart-Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts, is a popular writer, his dad Stephen King is no slouch in the thriller department.

Fans of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge may not know that that venernable British detective is the creation of Charles and Caroline Todd, an American mother-son team.

And Jesse Kellerman, son of authors Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, has a new book out this week also; it's called The Genius.

Some things just run in the family

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