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In 1984 I published one of the first crime novels featuring a lesbian sleuth, Murder in the Collective. Two more mysteries with printer Pam Nilsen followed. In 1990 Gaudi Afternoon appeared with a new amateur detective, the footloose lesbian translator, Cassandra Reilly. Irish-American, but based in London and Barcelona, Cassandra went on to solve crimes in Transylvania, Venice, Hawaii, Iceland, and London, in two more novels and a collection of stories.

Now, after a long hiatus, while I pursued other interest like translation and travel/memoir writing I’ve returned to mysteries. That is, Cassandra Reilly has dropped back into my life, as is her way, with new stories to tell about Paris and Montevideo and adventures in crime solving to report.

 

 

 

"A mind like a steel trap, a literate, uplifting voice, and a wicked sense of humor."*

Welcome to Barbara Wilson Mysteries

*Library Journal was actually describing my translator sleuth, Cassandra Reilly, but shouldn't I be able to take a little credit for inventing her?

In 1984 I published one of the first crime novels featuring a lesbian sleuth, Murder in the Collective. Two more mysteries with printer Pam Nilsen followed. In 1990 Gaudi Afternoon appeared with a new amateur detective, the footloose lesbian translator, Cassandra Reilly. Irish-American, but based in London and Barcelona, Cassandra went on to solve crimes in Transylvania, Venice, Hawaii, Iceland, and London, in two more novels and a collection of stories.

Now, after a long hiatus, while I pursued other interests like translation and travel/memoir writing, I’ve returned to mysteries. That is, Cassandra Reilly has dropped back into my life, as is her way, with new stories to tell about Paris and Montevideo.

 
 
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All four mysteries starring the lesbian translator, globetrotter, and amateur sleuth —including Gaudí Afternoon—from the Lambda Literary Award–winning author.

“[Cassandra Reilly] has a restless nature, a facility for languages, and a lively curiosity about foreign cultures. Toss in her offbeat sense of humor and you have a terrific road pal.” —The New York Times Book Review

“[Cassandra Reilly] has a mind like a steel trap; a literate, uplifting voice; and a wicked sense of humor.” —Library Journal


“In the same way that she works issues of sexual politics into her madcap plot, Ms. Wilson also makes the city of Barcelona a lively party to the action.” —The New York Times

“Travel-writing so compelling that you’ll be reaching for your passport. Wilson is smart, tart, and knows how to write from a feminist perspective without once stooping to polemic.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Well-drawn characters and colorful settings . . . recommended.” —Library Journal


“Venice, Vivaldi, international intrigue, lesbians with bassoons—if you have a hankering for any of these, this book is for you!” —The Bloomsbury Review