fifth installment in my series on the history of mystery fiction. Don't worry; I have 361 more to go before I run out.
March 4, 1881. According to William S. Baring-Gould's The Annotated Sherlock Holmes,
it was on this date that one of the most famous fictional relationships
began, when Dr John H.Watson's new roomie invites him to participate
in a case.
March 4, 1881. On the same day, but thousands of miles to the southwest, T.S. Stribling was born in Tennessee. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Store, but we are more interested in his mystery stories about psychologist Dr. Henry Poggioli.
March 4, 1959. On this day somebody started leaving severed hands around the streets of Isola. So begins the plot of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novel appropriately entitled Give The Boys A Great Big Hand.
March 4, 1982. The premiere of Police Squad. It only lasted six weeks because you actually had to watch it to get the jokes. Fortunately movie-goers pay more attention so the spin-off Naked Gun movies were more successful.
March 4, 2014. The publication date for Murder in Pigalle, Cara Black's fourteenth novel about Aimee Leduc. In it she is five months pregnant and her neighbor's thirteen year old daughter goes missing.