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Reunions Can Be Murder

This month I will be attending a high school reunion.  I started thinking about the expectations, the memories, and just why do people go to these events?  Six mystery writers thought class reunions can stir up a great deal of feeling, perhaps even murderous thoughts...  Mrs. Murphy saves the day for postmistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, in Pawing Through the Past by Rita Mae Brown and Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas finds more than she's looking for at her 20th. class reunion in Miss Zukas and the Island Murders.  Jacqueline Girdner speculates who is Most Likely to Die and Sharyn McCrumb's successful classmate returning for her 20th High School Reunion in If ever I Return, Pretty Peggy O learns not all of her classmates are happy about her success.  Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night revolves not around murder but poison pen letters, damaging the reputations of faculty and graduates at Harriet Vane's alma mater, the fictitious all-female Shrewsbury College.  With with no leads to the disappearance of his wife, Frank Smith reluctantly heads east to his prep-school reunion and a 25 year old mystery in Frederick Ramsay's Impulse.