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Another One Gone...

One of my favorite mystery writers, Barbara Parker, died after a long illness recently. Most of her novels were in her "Suspicion" series about Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. If you haven't read Ms. Parker's books, you'll find a strong, independent, female character in Gail Connor, a Miami attorney. Anthony Quintana was a Cuban-American, born in Cuba, whose family escaped to America in the 50s. This played a large part in the Connor-Quintana mysteries. Ms. Parker's first novel, "Suspicion of Innocence" was nominated for an Edgar Award and became a made-for-TV movie, "Sisters and Other Strangers". Ms. Parker was presently serving on the Mystery Writers of America board.  As a journalist and author, Parker visited Cuba three times and fervently opposed the Castro regime. She supported of the Independent Library Association in Cuba. On one of her trips to Cuba she visited the library donating books to the small library. I'll miss her stories.