When You Wake, Ring For Drake*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

Not long ago, I did a post on some of the archetypes we see in crime fiction, and they’re certainly there. I had an interesting comment exchange about it with Moira at Clothes in Books, and she brought up the excellent point that there are some archetypal minor characters in crime fiction, too, especially in Golden Age crime fiction. It got me to thinking of a few of those archetypes, for which I’m grateful.

One of the types that Moira mentioned is the sly, even secretive maid. She’s often (but not always) foreign, and she sometimes has her own agenda. We see an example of this in the character of Louise Bourget, whom we meet in Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile. She serves as lady’s maid to Linette Ridgeway Doyle, who is taking a honeymoon cruise of the Nile with her new husband, Simon. On the…

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