DVD Review– The Palermo Connection

DVD Review– The Palermo Connection

DVD Review– The Palermo Connection   The Italian-language miniseries The Palermo Connection centers around twin themes: first, that it is impossible to escape your past, and second, that it is impossible to escape your conscience.   When Angelo Caronia (Riccardo Scamarcio), a talented but arrogant investigator for the Italian police, alienates his superiors and is […]

The Ties that Bind: Ten of the Best Family Mystery Novels

The Ties that Bind: Ten of the Best Family Mystery Novels The first and most vital relationships we have are with our families. Our roles within our home life shape who we become as an adult, and it’s no secret that “sister,” “mother,” “wife,” or “daughter” carry certain expectations of behavior. Sacrifice. Nurture. Don’t ruffle feathers.  […]

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up

Writers’ Police Academy Wrap-Up What happens when you take the pen out of a writer’s hand and replace it with a pistol (or a Taser or a police baton)?  At a public safety school in Wisconsin where real training happens for police trainees, I found out. The 10th annual Writers’ Police Academy brought writers from […]

Top Ten Songs for Heist

Songs to Steal By

Songs to Steal By There is no shortage of songs about New York, from the classic to the cheesy to the tourist board approved, but this is a different New York, half myth and half grit, of crowded streets, deserted alleys, strip clubs, underground gambling joints, after hours bars and restaurants where English is spoken […]

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side”

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Ernest Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side” Fans of Ernest Hemingway books well know the importance of Paris to his work. Arriving in the “City of Light” in late 1921 along with his new bride, Hadley Richardson, the aspiring writer immersed himself in the Left Bank’s expatriate community […]

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night by Amy Stuart

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night Ten Novels to Keep you Up at Night Picture it:  I’m in my room at night, my pillows propped, my bedside lamp oriented so its light hits the book in my hands. I’m so immersed in the story that nothing beyond it moves or exists. My eyes […]

There’s Something About Harry: A Look into Jim Butcher’s Character Harry Dresden

There’s Something About Harry Jim Butcher talks about the evolution of his character Harry Dresden           New York Times best-selling novelist Jim Butcher hates telling people no. That’s why he’s written a dozen different short stories for a dozen different anthologies featuring his famous creation Harry Dresden, the protagonist of The Dresden […]

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns?

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns?

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns? It started as an experiment. When we met, we were both journalists and got used to sharing and discussing what we were reading and what we were writing. We started to have conversations about the idea of writing together. It was all very speculative. […]