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Book Review: The Inspector Dover Novels

Book Review: The Inspector Dover Novels   DCI Wilfred Dover is lazy, unhygienic, rude, gluttonous, ill-tempered, sticky-fingered, and one of the most entertaining detectives of twentieth-century crime fiction.  His creator, Joyce Porter, wrote ten novels and several short stories featuring Scotland Yard’s most boorish and crude sleuth, along with two other series featuring an amateur […]


What I learned about writing by traveling the world

  What I learned about writing by traveling the world   I was sitting in the back of a minibus in Istanbul recently and started thinking about how too often a tourist only sees the shiny facade presented to them. I love to travel and have not only done so extensively, but have also lived […]


Does it take a tribe to write a book?

  Does it take a tribe to write a book?   There are plenty of writers who will tell you this job is perfect for the introvert and while that is mostly true I’ve learned it takes a tribe to write, polish, and publish a book. I’m not just talking about the editors and publishers—though […]


violent crimes philip margolinBook Review: A Woman Condemned: The Tragic Case of Anna Antonio

Book Review: A Woman Condemned: The Tragic Case of Anna Antonio   After reading the title of this book, it may seem as if this historical overview of a 1930’s crime intends to exonerate the titular defendant.  As the story progresses, however, James M. Greiner makes it clear that he is not declaring Anna Antonio […]


MY TOP TEN CRIME NOVELS WITH AMATEUR SLEUTHSTop 10 Female Sleuths

Top 10 Female Sleuths   Each of the characters in this top ten list features a female sleuth who stars in her own series. This list is in no way comprehensive. I love far too many books to list them all here, but the following heroines have stuck with me for a variety of reasons. […]


DVD Review: Elementary: The Final Season, and Elementary: The Complete Series

DVD Review: Elementary: The Final Season, and Elementary: The Complete Series   By Chris Chan   When CBS first announced Elementary, a modernized take on the Sherlock Holmes stories, purists like me were apprehensive.  Not only did moving the mysteries to present-day New York City and gender and ethnicity-swapping Watson raise a few eyebrows, but […]


Spy Sites of New York: No One Saw a Thing 

Spy Sites of New York: No One Saw a Thing Two patrons, each carrying a Macy’s bag, joined the lunch crowd at a midtown diner. They sat on adjacent counter stools, never acknowledging one another. One finished a roast beef sandwich and departed taking a bag. Several minutes later the other, who had pie and […]


THE BOY ON THE TRAIN 

THE BOY ON THE TRAIN   I’m about to publish my ninth novel – and all nine have been written on the commuter train between my home in Connecticut and my job in Manhattan.  My commute has been so much a part of my novel writing that my first book, The Cold Truth, is dedicated […]


My Favorite DC Scandal: The Case of the Congressman and the Argentine Firecracker

My Favorite DC Scandal: The Case of the Congressman and the Argentine Firecracker   There’s nothing like a good DC scandal—the crashing together of high politics and base motives, the cover-up, the slow drip of revelations. In my new thriller, Hour of the Assassin, one such secret drives the plot as a former Secret Service […]


DVD Review: Knives Out

DVD Review: Knives Out   (SPOILER WARNING: Major plot points will be discussed here.)   Knives Out is a movie I wanted to love but wound up only kind of liking.  On paper, it’s exactly my kind of entertainment.  Harlan Thrombey, a famous mystery writer, has died mysteriously, his elaborately designed and decorated house is […]


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