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Book Review: And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library MysteryBook Review: And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery

Book Review: And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery As the title indicates, And Then They Were Doomed is inspired by Agatha Christie.  Right of the bat, readers should be warned that the endings to about half a dozen Christie novels are referenced here, including And Then There Were None, Murder on the […]


CONFESSIONS OF A STORY-TELLER

CONFESSIONS OF A STORY-TELLER I can’t say for certain when the urge to tell a story first came to me, but I suspect it was when I read Kipling’s The Jungle Book. It wasn’t a mystery, of course, like the books I was later to write, but I can remember to this day how the […]


DVD Review: Manhunt: Series 1, Blood, and London Kills, Series 1DVD Review: Manhunt: Series 1, Blood, and London Kills, Series 1

DVD Review: Manhunt: Series 1, Blood, and London Kills, Series 1 This review will cover three newly released Acorn Media UK crime series, two British police procedurals and a Irish family tragedy.   Manhunt: Series 1   Based on the memoirs of the police officer at the center of this drama, Manhunt is a three-part […]


Interview with John Grisham

  Interview with John Grisham For the last thirty years, the term legal thriller has been synonymous with John Grisham. Credited with single-handedly popularizing the genre, he has inspired scores of other authors and, in the process, has become both a commercial and critical success. With more than forty books to his name, more than […]


How to be a Writer: The Steps for Success

How to be a Writer: The Steps for Success Step One: Be a reader. Every writer starts out that way. Chances are, we fell in love with books before we even knew what to call them. Our parents and caregivers and teachers read to us, and we were transported. My father read us The Watchbirds […]


DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

DVD Review: The Happytime Murders and Can You Ever Forgive Me?   Melissa McCarthy had two crime movies released in 2018.  They were radically different films with wildly different receptions.  One “won” her a Razzie Award; and another earned her Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, as well as a plethora […]


Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille’s Top 5 Espionage Novels

Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille’s Top 5 Espionage Novels   Nelson: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carré This is a successful blend of popular fiction and fine English literature. The post-war world of the book is mostly bleak, but true to the times. Le Carré is a master of […]


Final Report on the Big New York Publishing Bash

Final Report on the Big New York Publishing Bash It was and balmy night in New York City, but that’d didn’t deter an all-star gang of authors, agents, publishers, and publicists from joining the revelry and honoring three legends. The best novel honors went to Kate Atkinson and Laura Lippman, they shared the Strand Critics […]


Spreading the joy of reading and literature by designing apparel

Spreading the joy of reading and literature by designing apparel   How It All Started Founded in 2009, Out of Print Clothing is dedicated to spreading the joy of reading and literature by designing apparel and accessories such as bags, bookmarks, and bottles. Jeff LeBlanc and Todd Lawton are the co-founders of this one-of-a-kind business. […]


SEVEN MYSTERIOUS TALES WITH SKEWED (& CONFUSED) NARRATION

SEVEN MYSTERIOUS TALES WITH SKEWED (& CONFUSED) NARRATION   By Vivan Barz, author of Forgotten Bones   Celebrating her debut novel, Forgotten Bones, a police procedural featuring a schizophrenic college professor who sees ghostly visions that mirror details of an open murder case, Vivian Barz creates a list of her favorite mysteries with skewed (and […]


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