Cummings Flynn Wanamaker is named for E.E. Cummings and Errol Flynn because his father liked wordplay and his mother liked swordplay. He didn’t set out to be an amateur sleuth – he works in philanthropy – but somehow he always finds himself near a murder.
The Cummings Flynn Wanamaker novels are set in Chicago and rural Maine. The tone is snarky, contemporary, sophisticated and humorous. Through a fusion of eccentric characters, outrageous but intriguing plots, obsessive word play, and pointed social satire, the novels blend the realities of modern America with the best elements of British mysteries of the 1920s and 1930s.
The series occurs in chronological sequence with character development across multiple books but are also enjoyable as standalones.