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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 […]


DVD Review: The PassengerDVD Review: The Passenger

DVD Review– The Passenger This six-episode French-language miniseries is purportedly about the hunt for a serial killer, but the really compelling drama comes in the search for the truth about its protagonist. As the story opens, the police come upon a particularly grisly murder: a man is found dead with a bull’s head stuck over […]


Mission of Crime WritingThe 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 […]


The Rules of Being a Professional WriterThe Rules of Being a Professional Writer

There are only two real rules to being a professional writer, and the rest of what I can offer are tips: things that work for me and may work for you. The real rules are simple. First, you must read. Second, you must write. Everyone who knows the alphabet thinks they can write, but reading […]


DVD Review– ZootopiaDVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia   The children’s mystery genre is sadly under-explored, with very few decent movies revolving around crimes. Of course, children’s entertainment shouldn’t center around murder, rape, and other violent atrocities, but properly designed, relatively wholesome puzzles are great for developing young minds.   Disney’s recent hit Zootopia is an enjoyable crime comedy for […]


TOP TEN BREAKOUT CRIME NOVELS OF THE LAST THIRTY YEARSTOP 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 WarRaymond 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 […]


Top 10 Reasons Why the Ohio Valley Makes a Great Backdrop for Mystery NovelsTop 10 Reasons Why the Ohio Valley Makes a Great Backdrop for Mystery Novels

Top 10 Reasons Why the Ohio Valley Makes a Great Backdrop for Mystery Novels by Robin Yocum A while back, I started a sequel to one of my novels, and I was more than 20,000 words into the manuscript when I put it away. I liked the storyline, the characters, and the subplots, but something wasn’t resonating […]


Top 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing TipsTop 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing Tips

Top 6 Reasons to Beware of Top 10 Writing Tips   Write Like Me. Idealism generates a lot of writing advice, self-promotion even more. The idealist sincerely believes that she has discovered some (or all!) of the secrets of good writing and wants to impart these to others, to save them time and frustration and […]


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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