The Thanksgiving Ragamuffin (mystery)
Kathleen Marple Kalb
On Thanksgiving Day, 1899, opera star Ella Shane and her cousin Tommy Hurley help a poor newsboy who is wrongly accused of a crime because of anti-immigrant and anti-Semitic prejudice, and end up solving a second case as well.
The theme of this year’s NY/TriState Sisters in Crime anthology is social justice. In the Ella Shane books, nativist, religious, and class prejudice are key issues, so when I found out about the tradition of New York City’s “Thanksgiving Ragamuffins” begging for treats on the holiday, it was the perfect start for a short story.
Kathleen Marple Kalb also contributed this recent post about writing short stories during the pandemic.