Myrna, the Mammy: Louise Penny’s American Dream?

An Exploration of Race in the Award-Winning Novels of Canada’s Queen of Mysteries

Canada’s Louise Penny is one of the finest writers of mysteries in the world today. Yes, this is a bold claim, an audacious assertion, but it’s nonetheless true. I don’t say this because nearly every book she has written has won some major award or acknowledgment in Canada, Great Britain, or the U.S. multiple times, with Agatha, Anthony, Macavity awards as standard fare for her books — not one is missing some…