“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 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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The daffodils have come and gone. Flowers that shouldn’t be here until May are blooming their little heads off. I am going through another real estate transaction, purchasing the condominium I have occupied since October. And, because of changes at my job, I’ve been working full-time. This has somewhat cramped my style writing. That said, […]

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The curtain has fallen on another year of great books, and it’s time to take stock of what has passed. Nearly six months ago I did a little mid-year check in, and I realize that most of the great books I read last year were during that first six months. For personal reasons, I sought escape […]

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Thanksgiving is the perfect day for hanging out and taking stock. I am not doing dinner this year. Wynne took over, and has been directing the show. I imagine we’ll be dining later on one of her brined turkeys. The one she made last Christmas was the best turkey I have ever eaten, so I […]

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Earlier this year, I noted in this blog that I am committed to spending more of my reading time with indie, small press, and self-published writers. Let’s face it, we are taking up a bigger share of the market every day. My latest discovery is Jean Erhardt. In her literary blog, Rose City Reader, Gilion Dumas quoted Erhardt’s […]

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The first thing I want to say about the Indie Scene is that, since I am a part of it, I have decided to devote half the books I read in 2014 to indie and self-published authors. While many indie and self-published books do rise to the top in sales, it’s more difficult for us small-scale […]

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