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The Ten Best Movie ThrillersTwelve Must Read Thrillers

Twelve Must Read Thrillers (Author Louise Jensen has compiled a list of the twelve must read thrillers published this century. Some can be dystopian, some can have a trace of romance, a few will provide twists and surprise endings, and all are destined to be classics.) Someone like me – M. R. Carey The story […]


Book Review of The Week: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

Book Review of The Week: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor THE CHALK MAN By C.J. Tudor New York: Crown, 2018. $27.00 C.J. Tudor is something of a Renaissance woman. Before circumstances enabled her to write full-time, she dabbled in professions that included copywriter, television host, voice-over artist, and professional dog walker. Despite whatever creative […]


strand-mag-giveaway-blog-postThe Strand Magazine Giveaway

The Strand Magazine is hosting a giveaway! Want to celebrate the holidays with the Strand Magazine? Then get ready for The Strand Magazine Giveaway! Enter now for a chance to win a coffee mug featuring all of your favorite authors! We’re celebrating 20 years of The Strand Magazine, and we want to share this anniversary […]


Lyndsay Faye on Sherlock Holmes: "He's an outsider, a Bohemian, someone who doesn't fit into a neat and clean box for people to categorize."The Myth of the ‘Scientific’ Detective: A Dissenting View of Science in the Holmes Stories

The Myth of the ‘Scientific’ Detective: A Dissenting View of Science in the Holmes Stories Early in the first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, an admiring Watson, a few hours after observing his friend and roommate examine a crime scene, exclaims, “You have brought detection as near an exact science as it ever will […]


20 Years of The Strand Magazine

20 Years of The Strand Magazine When the first issue of The Strand was released in fall of 1998, none of us had any idea we would still be doing this twenty years later. As with any new venture, nothing had prepared me or the team I’d assembled for the difficulties we encountered in getting […]


10 Tips from the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction”Reconsidering Hemingway’s World War II Legacy

Reconsidering Hemingway’s World War II Legacy As much veneration as he has now garnered, Ernest Hemingway, believe it or not, still has not been given enough credit for what he attempted to write in his coverage of World War II. Hemingway aimed to write his grand heroic epic—covering the land, the sea, and the air—perspectives […]


THE FIVE BEST AND THE FIVE WORST FICTIONAL LAWYERS

THE FIVE BEST AND THE FIVE WORST FICTIONAL LAWYERS   This rather quirky list focuses on attorneys whose competence (or lack thereof) might not be obvious. In no particular order:   BEST FICTIONAL ATTORNEYS Hans Rolfe, Judgment at Nuremberg (Abby Man, 1961 motion picture) Rolfe represents a Nazi war criminal at the Nuremberg trials. Paradoxically, […]


 How do they do it? The Literary Masters of SuspenseHow do they do it? The Literary Masters of Suspense and Their Secrets

 How do they do it? The Literary Masters of Suspense As a mid-career novelist, I am attempting to forge fiction that is a hybrid of the literary and mystery and suspense genres.  And I have my role models, novelists whose work while suspenseful, also showcase in-depth characterization as well as consistently elegant and thought-provoking sentences […]


The Top Twenty Novels of 2018

Must Read Books in 2018   The Library Book by Susan Orlean (Simon & Schuster) (An unlikely book to make it to the top of the list, but Orlean delivers a book so vivid in atmosphere with a detailed plot that will appeal not only to those of us who love books, which makes it a […]


HAVE YOU EATEN?

HAVE YOU EATEN?   Frederick placed the three plastic trays balanced on his arms atop the green cafeteria-style table. He sat, and after three hours of wandering through Chinatown, and another half hour queuing up at three different food stalls, it felt good to sit. It was just after the dinner rush and most of […]


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