Ann Waldron Analysis


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Ann Waldron admits to being inspired by the detective novels of Agatha Christie and Rex Stout. Like Christie’s amateur detective Miss Marple, Waldron’s McLeod Dulaney has an advantage over professional detectives and police officers in that she can simply follow her intuitions and curiosity. The crimes committed in her community interest her precisely because they touch on her relationships with friends and colleagues. Dulaney differs from Miss Marple in that she is a trained journalist with a tough hide who does not mind being rebuffed by those she wants to interview. Like Stout’s Nero Wolfe, Dulaney works best in conversation with others, especially George Bridges, assistant to the president of Princeton, and Lieutenant Nick Perry, both of whom challenge her surmises and also build on her understanding of the cases she is determined to solve.

Dulaney may be an amateur sleuth situated in the comfortable—indeed self-congratulatory—ambiance of an Ivy League institution, but her southern take on her surroundings and years of experience at the Tallahassee Star make her a highly alert and shrewd observer of the criminal behavior lurking under the genteel veneer of university life. In other words, she does not take her environment for granted.


(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Brown, Clarence. Review of Death of a Princeton President, by Ann Waldron. The Times of Trenton, April 25, 2004. A book review by a former Princeton resident discusses Waldron’s fiction in terms of its real-life setting.

Cotterell, Bill. “Princeton Mystery Is a Tasty Mix of Food, Fun.” Review of The Princeton Murders, by Ann Waldron. Tallahassee Democrat, August 10, 2003. Notes the recipes at the end of book and praises the novel for its entertainment value.

Waldron, Ann. Ann Waldron. An excellent author’s Web site, including an extensive biography, summaries of Waldron’s books, a comprehensive interview with the author, and links to other sites.

Waldron, Ann. “Murder, She Wrote.” Interview by Sharon Krengel. New Brunswick Home News, March 10, 2004, pp. 6-7. An excellent interview with Waldron, exploring her interest in writing mystery stories, her experience as a journalist and biographer, her work at Princeton University, and how she chooses the settings for her crime novels.

Waldron, Ann. “Whodunits? Whydoits? Princeton’s Ann Waldron Turns, Belatedly, to Mystery Writing.” Interview by Clara Pierre Reeves. The Times of Trenton, June 5, 2005. An interview focusing on Waldron’s decision to write mysteries and set them in Princeton.