The Fifteen Toughest Book Titles to Play Charades With.

The Fifteen Toughest Book Titles to Play Charades With.   What sparked my original interest in writing suspense?  Truth is, the suspense novelist Robert Ludlum may be the reason you’re reading this – or any writing from me.  Meaning – when I was in junior high, I read an early novel of his, The Osterman […]

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Ten Spy/Heist Reads from Bookstore Owners

Ten Spy/Heist Reads from Bookstore Owners We all have our favorite subgenres in the mystery/thriller world. For me, it’s spy and heist novels, the more escapist the better. Who doesn’t love the skilled patriot working in the shadows for king and country, the cat burglar challenging a high-tech security system, or the grifter spinning the […]

Three Amazing Classic Thrillers That Need To Be Made Into Films Right Now (plus one underrated amazing spy film that you really need to see)

Three Amazing Classic Thrillers That Need To Be Made Into Films Right Now (plus one underrated amazing spy film that you really need to see)   by Michael Ledwidge   Sometimes you come across a book that is so good you shake your head and wonder to yourself why isn’t this a movie?  Here are […]

A Genre in Itself: The Child in Danger/The Child IS the Danger?

A Genre in Itself: The Child in Danger/The Child IS the Danger? Are the Kids Alright?   Parenting is complicated.  You drum up anxiety about nearly every aspect of your child’s life.  You fret over their food intake, hoping they’ll eat something with at least a shred of nutritional content (thank goodness macaroni and cheese […]

Musings from Cassandra: Could the West Have Anticipated this Crisis?

Musings from Cassandra: Could the West Have Anticipated this Crisis? Joseph Stalin is quoted as saying, “The death of one man is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic.”  Today he might say, “The death of one Iranian General sucks up the headlines, leaving millions to suffer the consequences in anonymity.” Continuing aggressive […]

Five Irish Myths and Legends We Take for The Truth

Five Irish Myths and Legends We Take for Truth   When I started researching and writing No Stone Unturned, I had a tremendous task at hand.  Given the fact that my main characters are Irish and the plot is steeped in Irish history and mystery, I needed to learn about all things Irish.  From the […]

THE SPY NEXT DOOR — WHO KNEW?

In their newly released book, Spy Sites of New York; A Guide to the Region’s Secret History, intelligence historians H. Keith Melton and Robert Wallace  with Hnry Schlesinger document the tradecraft used by Anna Chapman and other Russian spies to create identities and covers that enable them blend seamlessly into the U.S. urban environment. These […]

Writing Serial Killer Thrillers (Part III)

Writing Serial Killer Thrillers (Part III)     Part III of this blog series “Writing Serial Killer Thriller’s” will cover some of the global aspects of serial killing.   Rick was a homicide detective and gained a unique perspective when he caught a serial killer in 2000. He retired from law enforcement after 26 years. […]

San Francisco and Mysteries

  A sampling of mysteries set in 19th-century San Francisco   When you think of “mysteries set in San Francisco,” what comes to mind? Maybe your thoughts turn to Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, or you envision noir-ish protagonists such as Bill Pronzini’s Nameless Detective, Kelli Stanley’s Miranda Corbie, or Mark Coggins’ August Riordan walking […]