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February 14, 1997

Dickens scholar publishes third novel

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The latest Victorian murder mystery from Purdue English Professor William J. Palmer is on bookstore shelves.

"The Hoydens and Mr. Dickens" was published Feb. 15 by St. Martin's Press. It is the third in a series of Victorian-era murder-mystery novels by Palmer, a Charles Dickens scholar at Purdue.

"Hoyden" is a Victorian word for an outspoken woman, and the story takes its historical perspective from the feminist movement in England during the 1850s. Some of the characters include Florence Nightingale and Marian Evans, who later wrote as George Eliot.

Palmer's first novel, "The Detective and Mr. Dickens," was a main selection of the Literary Guild, the Mystery Book Club and the Doubleday Book Club in 1990. The second book in the series, "The Highwayman and Mr. Dickens," was an alternate selection of the Book of the Month Club in 1992.

CONTACT: Palmer, (765) 494-3729; e-mail,

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