Poisoned Pen Press Cover Reveal – The Dungeon House: A Lake District Mystery #7 by Martin Edwards

Synopsis: The magnificent Dungeon House and gardens overlook Cumbria’s remote western coast with its mix of beaches, dunes, and fells, Roman ruins, and nuclear plant. Twenty years ago the wealthy Whiteleys called it home. But not a happy one. Malcolm Whiteley had begun to disintegrate under financial and emotional pressures. He suspected various men in […] Read More →

Greeks and the Middle Finger

This past week, Greece’s Finance Minister created quite (another) stir in the European media when confronted on German television with a video of him purportedly giving Germany the middle finger at a broadly attended 2013 international conference in Croatia. He admitted the conference took place and that he spoke there, but claimed he “never” gave […] Read More →

No Sign of the Geese Yet

by Mary Reed This past couple of months we’ve seen plenty of snow drops but none of the floral type, and there are still late lingering drifts here and there with talk of perhaps a small amount of snow arriving yet again in a day or so. Even more revealing is that no returning geese […] Read More →

In Praise of Cage-Free Characters

By Michael A. Kahn Over the years, as both reader and writer, I’ve come to appreciate the joys of what I call the cage-free characters. Think of them as the fictional version of free-range chickens. For readers, the cage-free character is the minor character who suddenly appears to have taken control of the novel or […] Read More →


During the movie of The Help, when little Mae Mobley said, “You’re my real mama, Aibi,” I had one of those time-travel moments. Back I went some sixty years, instantly transported to Lillian. Lillian came north from Georgia during the great migration of the ‘thirties (See Anyplace But Here, by Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy), […] Read More →

Taking a Leap

  The manuscript of the third Rick Montoya Italian Mystery has been sent to the Press. It will no doubt need some more work from me once it has come under the trained eye of the editors, but for the moment I am without a book. I’m pretty busy with other stuff in my life […] Read More →

Sort of Ashamed

I’m not proud of my productivity today. I wasted time trying to find a piece of paper that I put in the wrong place. I was tired because I slept poorly last night, which happens when the trees start coming to life and my allergies act up. So I’m late posting today and I will […] Read More →

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

I’ll start with a confession—an especially embarrassing one, since I’m blogging on my publisher’s site. I haven’t been writing fiction for three months now. The short story is it’s been a tumultuous time in my personal and professional life (primarily the latter), starting with the holidays, progressing through helping organize a 2,400-person conference for my […] Read More →