February/March newsletter The cruelest month “February is the cruelest month”…or so says Emma Golden in my second novel, The Difficult Sister. For me, as well as for Emma, it always has been. Local readers know that in addition to snow, we set a record for February rainfall this past month. It also was the first […]

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2016 ended on a high note for me, literarily speaking. I read some extraordinary books in November and December. As this is one of my favorite blogs of the year, I can’t wait to share them with you. America’s First Daughter, a historical novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is simply an extraordinary read. Based on […]

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A quick note to all my followers! The 12 Days of December are here. Starting now, through December 12, I am offering you the opportunity to order paperback copies of any or all of the Emma Golden Mysteries from my website at a discounted price. Of course you can order the book from Amazon and other […]

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The state of the state The stock market is up; James Comey’s Trump/Pence sign has come down from his front yard. Life is ambling along nearly normal in P-town, aside from five post-election nights of marching and a couple of riots. I haven’t actually been able to do much over the last week or two. I […]

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“All crime novels are social novels,” says Laura Miller in her recent article “Try To Remember” in The New Yorker, an article devoted to Dublin-based mystery writer Tana French (Oct. 3, 2016, page 72). Unlike many articles in The New Yorker, this one cuts to the chase. Says Miller, “Most crime fiction is diverting; French’s is […]

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The State of the State We’re settling in for fall around here. Brilliant color, cold morning walks, baked apples. Most of the wineries have finished harvesting grapes and are now processing the bounty into next year’s wines. My dear friends Cheryl and Ginny and Margie, along with several other friends, celebrate birthdays with me in October. Cheryl and I also […]

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The State of the State Seasons change rapidly around here. In August we experienced three scalding weekends, while the time between them often gave us chilly mornings. It’s cooler now, and one doubts one will see 100-degree days again any time soon. Harvest began nearly two weeks ago out in Emma Golden’s wine country. I don’t think […]

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More than half of 2016 is behind us, and it’s a good time for a mid-year book review. How is your reading going? Mine is a little slower than I would have liked, but I’m reading some terrific stuff, so let’s get started. One of my guilty pleasures was re-reading Tana French’s thriller Faithful Place. […]

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