“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” ― Dorothy Parker

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/2467-you-can-never-get-a-cup-of-tea-large-enough 

Oh, how I live by that C.S. Lewis quote which made yesterday a perfect day in my world of tea, books, and hats. There were books, galore -- all mysteries -- my favorite. I had my tea travel buddy filled with Chocolate Cream Tea and one of my most favorite hats upon my head. Best of all I was able to share this all with my daughter. We had a very special day together doing our favorite things -- meeting new people, buying books, shopping, and learning about new authors (at least to us). 

We spent the day at the "Murder as You Like It" Mystery Conference hosted by the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop http://www.mysterybooksonline.com/. We found at least three or four authors that will easily be listed among our favorite as well as four or five authors that will be placed on our "to be read soon" list. Yes, people who read do categorize their books, not always in the most logical manner but to us it is a system. 

I am very excited to start reading the Algonquin Round Table Mystery series whose main character is based on Dorothy Parker. Dorothy was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles. I find her captivating because she was a witty hat-wearing female in the 1920's (favoring the Cloche), and drank from a tea cup. Not necessary always tea; in fact, the beverage may not have never been tea. If it was tea I am sure it was blended with a stronger libation. 

Dorothy Parker's remains rest in a memorial garden designed by the NAACP outside their Baltimore headquarters. Her plaque reads, 

Here lie the ashes of Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) humorist, writer, critic. Defender of human and civil rights. For her epitaph she suggested, 'Excuse my dust'. This memorial garden is dedicated to her noble spirit which celebrated the oneness of humankind and to the bonds of everlasting friendship between black and Jewish people. Dedicated by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. October 28, 1988. 

What a fantastic way to be memorialized.

Of course I think there could be no better way to be memorialized than to become a feisty character in a fictional historical mystery series. To have your name and qualities (perhaps improved or expanded to be more interesting) read by future generations is the ultimate to me. More information is available about these books at the author's (J. J. Murphy) web page at http://www.roundtablemysteries.com/ and the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries on Face book.

Dorothy Parker

I raise my tea cup to Dorothy Parker . . . her feisty, witty humor and her debut in the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries. 

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” 
― Dorothy Parker

The Tea And Hat Lady