What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson?

What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson?

What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson? Readers of any of my five novels or the short stories will realize I’ve very considerable admiration for Dr. John H. Watson. I’m not the first to deplore the traditional Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Hollywood portrayal of the former Army surgeon and wondrous chronicler as bumbling, slow-witted, and […]

Mission of Crime Writing

The Mission of Crime Writing

 Mission of Crime Writing Writing detective fiction wasn’t really popular in Israel until very recently. When I grew up, in the 1980s and 1990s Tel Aviv, detective-fiction shelves in libraries and bookshops were exceptionally empty: the tradition of Hebrew detective writing began only in the late 1980s with pioneer writer Batya Gur, and you couldn’t […]

TOP TEN BREAKOUT CRIME NOVELS OF THE LAST THIRTY YEARS

TOP TEN BREAKOUT CRIME NOVELS OF THE LAST THIRTY YEARS

TOP TEN BREAKOUT CRIME NOVELS OF THE LAST THIRTY YEARS The Breakout Novel. It’s one of the most sought-after creatures in the literary forest. And one of the rarest. And yet every so often, it happens: that book that takes an author who was previously only known at the bar at Bouchercon—or other places hardcore […]

Raymond Chandler and the Trauma of War

Raymond Chandler and the Trauma of War

Raymond Chandler and the Trauma of War   Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe is traditionally viewed as the image of a chivalric knight seeking justice and aiming to right the wrongs of a corrupt society. But what if we could change this established belief simply by reexamining one important and overlooked part of Chandler’s life? What […]

Ten Mystery Novel which were SO Well Researched...

Ten Mystery Novels which were SO Well Researched…

Ten Mystery Novels which were SO Well Researched… Research Between the Covers I’ve found that, for the most part, when doing extensive research for a novel perhaps 10% of that research makes it into the book. But, it’s that 10% that brings the story to life for the readers. I love to read books where […]

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What in the World is a DESK GUARDIAN?

What in the World is a DESK GUARDIAN? Unlike a lot of writers I know, I’m not keen on collecting things to plant about my office for inspiration. I appreciate a clean sparseness so I can think. It’s something that my hubby and I clash over occasionally as he’s sentimental and has a fondness for […]

Top Ten Crime Fighting Duos

Top Ten Crime Fighting Duos

It Take Two, Baby: Top Ten Crime Fighting Duos   I love teamwork. Many of my favorite books and movies include crime-fighting couples. Duos have built-in conflict and chemistry. They give truth to the saying the whole is more than the sum of its parts. In this article, I’ve mixed books, television, and movies to bring […]

Ten Tough Heroines you should no about!

Ten Tough Heroines you should Know about!

Ten Tough Heroines you should no about!   I started my publishing career writing award-nominated borderland noir fiction set in Mexico and Texas. These days I write thrillers about Camaro Espinoza, a bad-ass former combat medic who never met a gun she didn’t like and never found a problem she couldn’t solve through violence. My […]