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Why We Love Amateur Sleuths by Anna St. John

Why We Love Amateur Sleuths by Anna St. John

There’s a lot to love about cozy mysteries. Almost always, they begin in a picturesque small town filled with quirky characters we can easily imagine as our neighbors and friends. While a thriller might keep us on the edge of our seats, a cozy mystery pulls us into...

Fooling Grandma Part Deux by Susan Van Kirk

Fooling Grandma Part Deux by Susan Van Kirk

Back in August 2021, I wrote in my blog post: “Once upon a time I had three children who married and had children of their own. Now I have eleven grandchildren. I hadn’t thought I’d have such a bonanza, but four of them came as twins to my older son and his wife. Yes,...

Looking Back…Looking Forward by Susan Van Kirk

Looking Back…Looking Forward by Susan Van Kirk

As I sit in my office in my small Midwest town, the snow continues to fall, and we may get over a foot over the next day or two. It’s beautiful, but I plan to stay inside today catching up on tasks I put off as I finished writing Death in a Ghostly Hue. Cleaning out...

Inferno on Fifth by Marlie Wasserman

Inferno on Fifth by Marlie Wasserman

I'm welcoming back Marlie Wasserman, historical fiction crime writer, who has a wonderful new book out from Level Best Books. Her new novel is inspired by an 1899 New York City fire at a luxury hotel in Manhattan. Historical crime fiction includes both novels set in a...

My Review of “In the Hands of Women” by Jane Loeb Rubin

My Review of “In the Hands of Women” by Jane Loeb Rubin

The past few months, I’ve been uploading posts from my fellow Level Best Book authors. Today, I’m posting a review of a most remarkable book from that publisher. I love historical fiction books, and Jane Rubin’s new novel, In the Hands of Women, is truly an amazing...

The Circle of …a Mystery Series by Susan Van Kirk

The Circle of …a Mystery Series by Susan Van Kirk

Twelve years ago, when I began writing my Endurance Mysteries, I was just starting to write novels, and I continued the series as I thought of new directions. Not knowing that there was such a thing as a character arc or series arc, I continued that series as new...