Psychotherapy for Characters

Psychotherapy for Characters Theatre trips are magical. I love the anticipation before the curtain raises, the imaginative sets, the actors, the story, the applause. As much as I enjoyed performing in school plays, I’ve never been able to act. Therefore, when a writer friend of mine, Phoebe Locke, recommended a psychotherapy service for fictitious characters […]

Book Review: Five More American Mystery Classics

Book Review: Five More American Mystery Classics   The American Mystery Classics series continues to republish some great crime novels of the past, featuring some of the greatest talents in the genre, including some legends who have unfortunately fallen into undeserved obscurity. John Dickson Carr made his name with the “locked room” mysteries and impossible crimes […]

THE LONDON MONSTER

THE LONDON MONSTER   In 1790, nearly a century before Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London, another predator held sway. The London Monster, as this mysterious miscreant was soon dubbed, used to walk up to a beautiful, well-dressed lady, insult her with coarse and earthy language, and then stab her in the thigh […]

The Secret Life of Mercenaries

The Secret Life of Mercenaries “You were a mercenary? Did you kill anyone?” I get this question a lot. “I really can’t say,” I answer, and it’s the truth. A lot of what I did was secret, or, as we say in the industry, a “zero-footprint operation.”  It means we were ghosts. When you need […]

DVD Review: Monk: The Complete Series (2020 Rerelease)

DVD Review: Monk: The Complete Series (2020 Rerelease)   Critics and pundits love to bandy the word “relevant” around certain creative works, arguing that because of its topic, themes, or political agenda, a certain book or movie or TV series is exceptionally “relevant” to the current era.  Often, this terminology means nothing more than “this work […]

Psychology as Forensic Science from Auguste Dupin to Sherlock Holmes

“The Razor-Potato Man”: An Analysis of Harlan Ellison’s Short Story “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes”

“The Razor-Potato Man”: An Analysis of Harlan Ellison’s Short Story “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes”   The prolific science fiction author Harlan Ellison passed away on June 27, 2018. One of his last stories, “He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes,” was published in the 2014 anthology In the Company of Sherlock Holmes: […]

The Top Pandemic Thrillers to Turn to Right Now

The Top Pandemic Thrillers to Turn to Right Now   To paraphrase that familiar insurance ad: I know a thing or two about pandemics, because I’ve seen a thing or two—both as an author who has written multiple thrillers involving global outbreaks, and as a frontline ER physician who has faced HIV, SARS, H1N1, and […]

Ten Terrific Thrillers Featuring Missing Persons

Ten Terrific Thrillers Featuring Missing Persons   I love a good abduction story—or even a book where someone has gone mysteriously missing. Some books begin with the disappearance and other books begin with the reemergence of the person who has vanished. Either way, the questions remain the same: where were they? Who took them and […]

Suspense in the Time of Corona

Suspense in the Time of Corona   In early March, I began writing a new story—another domestic suspense, this time about a home invasion. An armed and masked man, forcing his way into your home, holding you and your children captive… It’s a terrifying premise, right? One we see all too often on the news. […]

Of the Plague and Playwrights

Of the Plague and Playwrights   There have been a lot of comparisons recently between the current pandemic and the plagues of the past, particularly to William Shakespeare and his apparent ability to knock out a masterpiece like King Lear during quarantine. While there are many similarities between the epidemics of bubonic plague during the European Renaissance and […]

8 Places to Travel Through Books This Quarantine Season

8 Places to Travel Through Books This Quarantine Season With most of us in self isolation or limited to work-and-back, travel is rare. Books, though, always transport me to new places and make me see places I’ve been in a new way. These picks are ingrossing enough to distract from always pinging news alerts and […]