Hello, Sunshines, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang. I am super excited to share this book with you all, plus I have an exclusive Guest Post which is pretty darn good, I hope you will love it as much as I do.
Firstly, thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite.
About the Book
A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang
Series: An Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery #3
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.
Adding Details to Historical Fiction by D.S. Lang
My Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series is set at a fictional Ohio resort shortly after the Great War (World War I). One of the resort’s biggest attractions is its golf course. In the series’ second book, A Lingering Shadow, the murder weapon is a mashie. My original title for the book was Murder by Mashie, but I revised it once I finished the third and fourth books in the series.
Adding details is an important element in writing historical fiction. Using items from the era add flavor and color, which can go a long way to sweeping readers into the past. As a reader, I love that. As a writer, I strive to provide it!
At the time of the series, golf clubs were not numbered as they are today. Instead, they had names. (A few still do: drivers, putters, and wedges.) A mashie would be the equivalent of the modern five-iron, but there would have been several types of mashie in an early golf bag: mid-mashie, spade mashie, mashie-niblick, and the regular mashie.
A widely used club of the early 1920s was a jigger, which was used for shots around the putting green. Some jiggers had little loft and others had much more. The latter type would be much like the wedges of today. Famous golf pros Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen are often credited with inventing the modern sand wedge around 1930. However, another man, Edwin Kerr MacClain, obtained a sand wedge patent in 1928. Until then, no wedge existed.
Old clubs had wooden shafts, often hickory. By the mid-1930s, more and more clubs were made with steel shafts. Many still are, but graphite and titanium are also common.
D.S. Lang, author of the Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series
A Precarious Homecoming-Book One
A Lingering Shadow-Book Two
A Lethal Arrogance-Book Three
About the Author
D.S. Lang, a native Ohioan, has been making up stories since she was a little girl, and she still is! Along the way, she studied English and social studies as an undergrad. After graduate school, she went on to teach government and American history in high school. She also taught English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. In addition, she has worked as a program coordinator, golf shop manager, and online tutor.
Now, she spends much of her time reading, researching, and writing. Most recently, she has delved into the Great War era and the years immediately after it. Her Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery Series was inspired by her Great Uncle Brice who served in the American Expeditionary Force during World War One, and by her love of historical mysteries. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, including her dog Izzy.
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