Guest post: D.S. Lang, A Lethal Arrogance

A Lethal Arrogance-An Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery  Book 3

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.

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Writing historical mysteries combines two of my great interests: history and literature. I am a retired teacher and, although I mostly taught English (junior, high school, and college), I had dual majors: social studies and English. Of all the social sciences, history is my favorite. I’m interested in various eras, but World War I is especially intriguing to me.

Often, people ask why I chose to set my Arabella Stewart Historical Mystery series in the aftermath of the Great War (World War I). I have three primary reasons.

My first inspiration was my Great Uncle Brice, my maternal grandmother’s older brother, who served with the American Expeditionary Force. He died before I was born (being gassed in the trenches led to lingering health problems), but my gramma spoke of him often and fondly. One of my most prized possessions is an embroidered linen postcard that he sent to his mother from Paris at the end of the war. The embroidery reads 1914-1918 and consists of the flags of the allies. Beneath the embroidered years, “Greetings from Paris” is stitched in gold thread.

The second was my dad’s interest in golf history. He was a golf pro and a collector of golf memorabilia. Hearing and reading about the sport in 1920s, when it grew in popularity, became a passion. In doing research for the series, I found a number of advertisements and magazine covers with people in golf attire. At that time, men still wore dress shirts and ties to play. Often, they wore knickers instead of full-length pants. Women’s hemlines rose after the war, so golf skirts were shorter, too. The outfits were very stylish with stockings, skirts, and blouses matching. Early in the decade some golferettes (the term for women golfers at that time) began wearing knickers, always with knee socks. Many golf courses banned ladies in knickers until the middle of 1920s.

Third, I saw a fascinating documentary about World War I on the PBS series “The American Experience.” Although I studied and taught history, I realized I did not have a wide knowledge of that war, which motivated me to read a number of nonfiction books and watch more documentaries. I am far from an expert, but I have learned a lot about that time period. In writing the series, I strive to be highly accurate with historical information. Since I love to research, I have to be careful about getting swept into the past and away from writing!

About D.S. Lang

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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