This month at RTG is: favorite character any media. This is tough. But as I sat reflecting on the fictional characters in TV, movies, and books, I came up with a tie. Both characters are from books. I spent most of my school years with my face stuck in a book, and many, many hours when my children were growing up reading, which makes my choices seem fitting.
They are: Mrs. Pollifax of Dorothy Gilman's mystery series and Miss Marple of Agatha Christie's mystery books.
Miss Marple is an elderly spinster living in a small community in England. She pretends
Both women are of keen intelligence and have learned how to navigate society and people to discover the truths they seek.
As a mystery writer, I try to use bits and pieces of these two characters in my amateur sleuth, Shandra Higheagle. While she isn't as old, she has lived a life that has given her more insight than most her age. And she has the help of her deceased grandmother. What Shandra can't decipher, her grandmother is more than happy to come to her in a dream with a vision to help her put things in their place.
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