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DVD Review: Luther: Season 5

DVD Review: Luther: Season 5   By Chris Chan   Warning: Some oblique spoilers for this season of Luther and previous seasons follow!   Luther, the series that helped make Idris Elba an international star, is back for a fifth but hopefully not final season.  This season continues the series’ trademark of having the brilliant […]


Lessons We Can Learn from Authors with Distinctive Voices

Lessons We Can Learn from Authors with Distinctive Voices As a writer, you’re often asked who influenced or inspired you. That’s not always an easy question easy to answer, because writers tend to be voracious readers, magpie-like in their tendency to incorporate snippets and stylistic details from a myriad of sources. I’m sure there are […]


The Mystery of Elizabeth Canning

The Mystery of Elizabeth Canning Elizabeth Canning was an eighteen-year-old maidservant who disappeared on January 1, 1753, returning to her mother’s house, emaciated and in a deplorable state, one month later.  She told authorities of being kidnapped.  Several arrests were made and Henry Fielding took her side.  The accused were convicted, but the trial judge […]


Review: The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone

THE PARIS DIVERSION By Chris Pavone New York: Crown, 2019. $27.00 Chris Pavone burst onto the thriller scene with his 2012 debut The Expats. Drawing rave reviews for its compelling setting, devious plot twists, and unique take on the spy genre, The Expats became a New York Times bestseller. Pavone’s next two books, stand-alone novels […]


I TAKE THEE: Five Favorites with “Wife” in the Title

I TAKE THEE: Five Favorites with “Wife” in the Title For better or for worse, for richer or poorer… that’s how it’s supposed to go. Only it’s not always how it turns out in the long run. When soulmates often find themselves drifting apart and the most reliable spouse can turn out to be an […]


DVD Review: Holmes and Watson

DVD Review: Holmes and Watson In these heavily politicized times, when families and friendships are sundered by differing opinions, and there seems to be no widespread agreement anywhere, people from all walks of life and ideologies are concurring on one point: the movie Holmes and Watson is dreadful.   But why?  What exactly about this […]


Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction

 Serial Killers in Fact and Fiction Five of the best serial killer thrillers – Margaret Murphy, “write” arm of Ashley Dyer Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs must surely take pole position on any list of serial killer novels. Harris researched the background meticulously, including talking to FBI agents Robert Ressler and John Douglas, originators […]


The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin

The Care and Feeding of a MacGuffin As far as anyone knows Alfred Hitchcock was the first to use the term “MacGuffin.” He said it was “[T]he device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after… The plans, documents or secrets must seem to be of vital importance to the characters. […]


fiction writing photoEight Great Books About Writing

  My 8 Favorite Books on Writing   Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain It was written all the way back in 1974, but this is my favorite book on the list. So much good advice in here, but the best is: Move a story along quickly by making sure you have two […]


The Truth About AuthorsReview: 3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories by Townsend Walker

3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories By Townsend Walker Deeds Publishing 2019 $18.95     Townsend Walker’s collection of short fiction, 3 Women 4 Towns 5 Bodies & Other Stories, is a compilation of tales reflecting numerous different women, their lives, their loves, their hates, their crimes, and their plotting. The title […]


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