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...

Mining My Contact List

Best-selling New York Times’ authors often acknowledge their experts who have pedigrees like “Head of the FBI” or “Los Angeles Police Department Forensic Expert” or “the Medical Examiner of Cook County.” You probably won’t see those experts in my own book...

Writing “The End” to the Endurance Mysteries

This past week I had the pleasure of seeing the last installment of my Endurance Mystery series launch on Amazon. Death Takes No Bribes is the finale of a trilogy that began with Three May Keep a Secret, and Marry in Haste. I have been fortunate to have had steadfast...

Mystery Writing: From Thought to Page

Last week I had a conversation with a local farmer who had dug a well that had a depth of four hundred feet. My mystery-writer brain immediately thought, “Ah, a great place to hide a body.” I was just joking. Well, kind of. Writers pick up ideas from conversations or...

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