Pantomime Time

by Mary Reed December is pantomime time in the old country and once again familiar tales are gracing stages up and down the land So somewhere or other in theatre land many old favorites will be presented this very night — Puss In Boots, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Snow White, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Sleeping […] Read More →

5 Best Jokes About Writers

By Michael A. Kahn Well, not exactly five. Maybe not even one. Think of this more as a plea for help. I’m suffering from writer’s-joke block. I am a lawyer by day and a writer by night. As for my day job, I have heard — as no doubt you have heard — dozens and […] Read More →

WHEN A LIBRARIAN BREAKS BAD

WHEN A LIBRARIAN BREAKS BAD By Jeanne Matthews Before the advent of the Digital Age, nothing stopped the spread of ideas as efficiently as an old-fashioned book burning and the City of Berlin staged one of history’s biggest on the evening of May 10th, 1933. The weather didn’t cooperate. It rained and the books didn’t […] Read More →

Cover Reveal: Hair of the Dog by Susan Slater

Synopsis: It sounds like some work and mostly play when United Life and Casualty sends its investigator Dan Mahoney to Florida. Five greyhounds—all heavily insured—were lost in a fire at the Daytona dog track. So simple. Five dogs dead by smoke inhalation, bagged, tagged, and cremated. Papers all in order. Ashes in specialty urns on […] Read More →

RIP P.D.

  Five days ago Triss Stein posted her blog about hearing P.D. James at the Brooklyn YMHA. Go back and check it out if you missed it. But there can’t be too many recollections of Baroness James, so let me add mine here. Since my last post we lost one of the finest mystery writers […] Read More →

Christmas for the Stressed and Vulnerable

In keeping with the theme of this post, which is to go easy on oneself during the holiday season, I’m re-posting last December’s. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be out of sync with my beliefs. My dad loved Christmas. He even raised poinsettias. I believe they were the only plants he ever raised. Whatever time he could […] Read More →

The Naturalist

Loveland has a fabulous wonderful out-of-sight writer. Well, I’ve run out of superlatives–unusual for me. His name is Kevin Cook and he’s a naturalist. He writes a column, Wildlife Window, every week for the Loveland Reporter Herald. I follow it faithfully not only because I enjoy his exquisite prose, but also because so much of […] Read More →

Cover Reveal: Cafe Europa by Ed Ifkovic

Synopsis: In 1914, as rumors of war float across Europe, Edna Ferber travels to Budapest with Winifred Moss, a famous London suffragette, to visit the homeland of her dead father and to see the sights. Author Edna is fascinated by ancient Emperor Franz Joseph and by the faltering Austro-Hungarian Empire, its pomp and circumstance so […] Read More →

Fear and Courage

I’ve written about fear before, and while I don’t want to create the wrong impression in your minds, I’m writing about it again. Because, honestly, it’s ever-present. Anyone who tells you it isn’t is lying. Fear is my constant companion while writing. While editing. While promoting. Of course, the fact of my fear tells me […] Read More →