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Walter Edgar's Journal

Southern Fried mystery novels


Friday - September 17, 2010


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About This Show

Cathy Pickens has been, under different names, a lawyer, a business professor, a university provost, a clog-dancing coach, a church organist / choir director, and a typist.

The most profound influences on her life have been her family, her faith, Nancy Drew, and Perry Mason. She grew up in a small town and, forced to move to "big cities" to support herself, first as a lawyer and then as a professor, she found the only way to return to the comfortable familiarity of her childhood was by writing about Avery Andrews, the heroine of her Southern Fried mystery novels, who hails from the fictional town of Dacus, South Carolina.

She'll talk with Dr. Edgar about the novels, and her affection for life in the upstate.


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