Road Trip Arizona

Today’s lesson, children, concerns the charms of my adopted home, the Great State of Arizona. When my husband and I first moved here thirty years ago, we took every opportunity to travel around and check out the sights. We went to the Grand Canyon, of course, as well as the Painted Desert, the Petrified Forest, [...] Read More →

Cover Reveal – Nantucket Fivespot: A Henry Kennis Mystery by Steven Axelrod

Henry Kennis, Nantucket island’s poetry-writing police chief who will remind readers of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Spenser, works a second challenging case in Nantucket Five-Spot.
At the height of the summer tourist season, a threat to bomb the annual Boston Pops Concert could destroy the island’s economy, along with its cachet as a safe, if-mostly-summertime haven for America’s ruling class. The threat of terrorism brings The Department of Homeland Security to the island, along with prospects for a rekindled love affair—Henry’s lost love works for the DHS now.

Crayolas and Cucumbers

by Eric Mayer (Mary’s co-author standing in this month.) The most frequent question asked of authors is “where do you get your ideas?” Or so I’m told. I’ve never had the question put to me. I have been asked: “How long did it take you to write that?” “Do you have to pay to have [...] Read More →

The Crime of the Century? Which One?

By Michael A. Kahn As a trial lawyer by day and a writer of legal thrillers and mysteries by night, I have long been fascinated with the so-called “headline trials”–both the ones that take place in real courtrooms and those that unfold in fictional ones. After all, the most famous lawyer of the 20th Century [...] Read More →

WORD BLOAT

One morning recently, I picked up a box of breakfast cereal and noticed this phrase on the back panel : “We are passionate and committed…” Which is as far as I got in my reading. The words triggered an interesting mental image of what life might be like in that perfervid cereal factory.

Smoking Guns

The room is dark, that’s the first thing. Dark at the edges, dark behind you. The gun in your hands is dark too, matte black, and heavier than a casual glance might reveal. It’s a real gun . . . except for the lack of a firing mechanism. There’s no path for bullets to be [...] Read More →

The Big Day

Alert readers of this blog will know that the second in my Rick Montoya Italian mystery series, Death in the Dolomites, came out last week. The second book from a new author is perhaps not quite as exciting as that first one, but it somehow validates that it wasn’t just a fluke. (It’s like in [...] Read More →

In My Dreams

A popular writer, Philip Yancey, told me he rarely works on his books while at his home in a city. Instead, he goes alone to a cabin in the mountains and while there does little but write. That’s how I work too, in my dreams. In reality, I have occasionally tried to escape to a [...] Read More →