A Novel Connection to Jigsaw Puzzles: Part One

I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles, whether putting them together by myself, with my children, or with my grandchildren. Maybe that’s why I also write and read mysteries. Recently, I thought about how my efforts in solving a jigsaw puzzle were like writing a mystery....

Summer Reading 2018

  So, what do writers do when they aren’t writing?  They read. Currently, I’m working on my own new mystery and sending out the last one to publishers. However, I also must keep up with my reading, both in my genre as well as with books outside the mystery realm....

Guest Post: Holly Hill House … Catalina’s Mascot

Janet Lynn and Will Zeilinger write mysteries both individually and together. Their latest book, Slick Deal, is about the interesting history of a location in Southern California. They’ve posted on my blog before about their Skylar Drake murder series, and they...

Reviewing “The Woman in the Water”

I read the first Charles Lenox mystery, A Beautiful Blue Death, in 2007. Browsing through the new library books, I plucked it from the shelf, read it too quickly, and enjoyed it immensely. Charles Finch, the author, has now written thirteen books in the series, and I...

Meet Calamity Barnstable by Judy Penz Sheluk

Today I’m welcoming Judy Penz Sheluk to my blog as a guest author. I first met Judy at the Malice Domestic Conference in 2014, and I’ve read both of her first mysteries in her two series. Loved them both! Judy is from Canada, and writes the Glass Dophin...

Book Review: From Holmes to Sherlock

If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were alive today, he would be 158 years old. The fact that his creation, Sherlock Holmes, is alive in the twenty-first century in newly minted versions on the screen and in books, is a testament to the lasting power of Doyle’s amazing...

Looking Back with Thanks

As we move into the holidays for 2017, I am astounded to look back and discover I’ve done thirty-one book talks, book signings, or both. Jim Jacobs, another author, has really nudged me about doing these events, and I am thankful he has. Going out on the road with...

Shifting Gears

Recently, I went to a local jeweler because prongs that held the stone in a cherished ring needed tightening. I have worn this ring every day for decades, and while it isn’t valuable in the financial sense, I love it because my parents gave it to me on my sixteenth...

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