Fruitcake and a First Christmas

by Mary Reed Fruitcake is much mocked. Not by me, however, for whenever I see one it reminds me of my first Christmas in this country. At the time I was living in Florida. The state’s beaches may be golden, but there wasn’t much silver in the bank when the festive season rolled around. Of […] Read More →

How to Keep Track of Characters

Rounding up all the names in a mystery series is an essential but rather treacherous chore. With the first book, it’s a breeze. There is very little to keep track of. But as books are added to the series, it’s essential to have some kind of method or the books will start resembling real life […] Read More →

Introducing the Honorable Phryne Fisher

Meet Phryne Fisher, the 1920s’ most elegant and irrepressible sleuth, in her first three adventures bound together in one great value volume. This is the perfect way to introduce your friends to your favourite and most stylish sleuth—or to catch up on some of Miss Fisher’s earlier career. Our unflappable, unconventional and uninhibited heroine, The […] Read More →

Lottie Gets Her Gun

My protagonist, undersheriff Lottie Albright, historian and Director of the Northwest Kansas Regional Crime Center is taking a basic pistol course. Hopefully the end result will not be a mandatory card carrying membership in the NRA, but who knows. My views on guns, gun control and self protection are atypical in that they are not cut and […] Read More →

Memorable Ads

You don’t have to watch the big football game to see what advertising agencies hope will be memorable ads. It appears the consensus on this year’s Superbowl crop has been a general meh so my question today is which TV ads have stuck in your memory over the years? Having posed the question it’s only […] Read More →