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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“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 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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It’s official! The Man Who Wasn’t There will be launched officially on Wednesday, September 23, 7 p.m. at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village! If you can read this you’re invited. Annie’s is my neighborhood go-to bookstore. Unlike that other Portland bookstore, it probably is not internationally known, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s a […]

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James Ryder has it all. A founding  pioneer of the Oregon wine industry, he has, in addition to the stately good looks of a gentleman farmer, the perfect family, an ample bank account, and the prestige of owning one of Oregon’s oldest and most respected wineries. His youngest daughter has taken up the torch to become […]

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Gentle readers will have noticed that very little has been revealed in the first two Emma Golden mysteries about Emma’s appearance. While that is deliberate on my part, it probably is a good idea to let y’all know how Emma appears to her creator. Emma was born in 1951 and raised in a small town […]

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Looking back, over the year, I find that I’ve read only 27 books to date. Strangely for me, there were more books. I just didn’t complete them…or even get very far into them. First, let me just say that I’m a dolt. I picked up and attempted to read both The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Pulitzer Prize […]

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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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