Stereotyping Lawyers?

I don’t read many legal thrillers, or mysteries. I do enjoy Lisa Scottoline, her books are fast but also full of great characters and plot lines, and the lawyers aren’t  depicted as scum of the universe like other titles I’ve scanned. I read one Scott Turow–his first, and no Grisham, and if there are other … Read more

There Really Are a Bunch of Mysteries Featuring Thanksgiving!

Who would have thought it? Not me. Thanksgiving in my life is something I’ve always wanted to avoid. Stress, relatives, stress, too much food, and stress were the prevailing elements when I was growing up. Naturally, over the years the holiday was celebrated with other people, but the stress remained–a boyfriend’s mother,  a friend’s family, … Read more

Hypermodern and the Selling of a New Author

One advantage of managing an independent bookstore, you meet many writers. Some established like Sara Paretsky, some real old timers like Dick Francis, some mid-list like Rhys Bowen, some best sellers, like James Patterson, and some brand spanking new faces on the scene. It was the new writers that at the time most occupied our … Read more

Dinner With Edgar

For those of you who have not experienced the thrill of an Edgar A. Poe banquet and awards ceremony, don’t think Oscars. But, don’t think Elks Club meeting or dentist convention either. The banquets I attended are from 1995 through perhaps 2000 or 2001. To be clear, I haven’t been to one for over a … Read more