At some point in my life, I realized I was (am) an overachiever. Fiercely competitive. Not long after, I realized I should never play games of chance or physical skill. Because the occasional thrill of winning wasn’t worth the stress of competing. Those were the easy realizations. The harder one was figuring out how to make […] Read More →


When made a baroness, Ruth Rendell became an active member of the English Parliament, taking a seat on the Labor side. I have heard that she is a large contributor to the Labor Party. And yet if one went to fiction to illustrate what some call the undeserving poor (I will come back to that […] Read More →

Mrs. Casey’s Cafe

A few days ago, my husband and I were driving down the street discussing candy bars. He’s one of the few people in the world who doesn’t like chocolate, so we were trying to think of as many non-chocolate candy bars as we could. I mentioned Zeros, and suddenly was transported back half a century, to Boynton, […] Read More →

A Special Four Cover Reveal Friday!

Satan’s Lullaby: A Medieval Mystery by Priscilla Royal Synopsis: It is the autumn of 1278. The harvest is in. The air is crisp. Dusty summer breathes a last sigh before the dark seasons arrive. For Prioress Eleanor, dark times arrive early in Norfolk. The head of her order, Abbess Isabeau, has sent Father Etienne Davoir […] Read More →

Brown Leaf Reed Rebels

by Mary Reed That common autumn sight of leaves falling or gusting past the window puts me in mind of my sole public appearance as an interpretive dancer. When I attended grammar school, the British equivalent of the American high school, dancing lessons were on the curriculum. Naturally, all my classmates suffered from the usual […] Read More →


By Jeanne Matthews Videos of the grisly beheadings of hostages by ISIS terrorists have horrified us all, but we risk sounding like Captain Renault in Casablanca when we say that we are “shocked, shocked” by the “inhuman brutality.” Human beings have a rich history of inhumanity and brutality and, as regards methods of execution, we’ve […] Read More →

Not Just Between the Pages

My fourth novel — Deeper Than the Grave, the next book in my Tai Randolph series — is being released in less than a month (yay! yikes!). Introverted homebody that I am, I come to book promotion as if it were a particularly grouchy porcupine — tentatively, carefully, all the time wondering why I have […] Read More →