One of the expectations I have as a reader is for the author to deliver the goods. It seems a modest expectation, but all too often, particularly in mystery fiction, the author is not up to the task. Last week, for example, I returned a mystery to the library half read. As mysteries go, it was only so-so. However, since the […]

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Should you happen to visit the fictional Three Pines, a small, isolated village in Canada’s Quebec province about an hour’s drive south of Montreal, you will at first be utterly charmed. Three Pines is that Norman Rockwell painting with deep snowdrifts outside and families gathered around groaning tables within. It is cozy wood fires, ice-skating, and hot chocolate in winter. It is cute […]

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“If it weren’t for a ridiculous snobbery about ‘crime writing’,” John Mortimer once observed, “Ruth Rendell would be acclaimed as one of our most important novelists.” This is a mouthful from the late barrister, screenwriter, and creator of “Rumpole of the Bailey”. Now 82 years young, Ruth Rendell, as I recently discovered, is author of […]

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“I finally figured out why I am so drawn to mysteries,” my walking partner said the other morning as we slogged through a variety of meteorlogical events. “It’s the adrenaline rush.” It’s not in her head, nor mine, nor yours for that matter. Most avid readers know that fiction changes us. Now, thanks to a […]

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Not too long ago, I wrote my first sex scene. And then mystery author Craig Johnson posted this for Valentine’s Day. I laughed so hard I had to hold my sides…probably because it was familiar territory. Craig was good enough to allow me to share this with my readers. Thanks, Craig. And to the rest […]

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Craig Johnson rode into town on a balmy night last summer to promote his latest Walt Longmire novel Junkyard Dogs. Until that night, I’d never heard of him. But, as he was reading at one of my favorite indie bookstores, Murder By The Book, we decided to check him out. He looked like a cowboy. He […]

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