5 Tips on How to Avoid Bad Books –

Busted – Okay, I confess . . . I did it . . . I bought bad books. Worse, as professional writer I know better. No Bad Books, or Are There? As an avid reader and prolific writer, I’m frequently conflicted when it comes to reading the work of other fiction authors. My initial reaction […]

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Book Review – Joe R. Lansdale’s The Thicket

An Ocean of Books, But . . .   Last book review I posted was  more than two years ago. You may well wonder, did he quit writing book reviews, or stop reading altogether. Although I’m busier these days, I haven’t changed my policy on reviewing books (see earlier blog). I do it only when […]

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Book Review – The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers

Knowledge Is Power –   In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive publishing industry authors need all the help they can get.  And to her credit, Barb Drozdowich has done all authors, including us mystery authors, an incredible favor, empowering us with her knowledge, wisdom and experience. I’ve had the exceptional pleasure of working with Barb […]

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Reading Habits of a Mystery Writer

Reading Habits of a Mystery Writer—   When I read fiction, which is almost every night, it’s in bed and I’m usually in the midst of three or four books, at once. The first stack on the headboard is the in-progress stack.  It currently includes: In the Shadow of the Master – Classic Tales by […]

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Book Review – KOP by Warren Hammond

Masterful Blend of SciFi and Noir Mystery – Is Warren Hammond a mystery writer or a SciFi author?  Damn the genre labels.  Mystery novel, crime novel, who gives a rat’s ass?  This is a great read, regardless of what you call it.  (Don’t get me started…)   Dark Side of Lagarto KOP reads like a […]

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Book Review: Rachel Thompson’s “Broken Pieces”

Sometimes the Truth Hurts –   As a mystery writer, I marvel at exquisite prose.  And Rachel’s prose dazzles, running the gamut from in-your-face to an angel’s chorus—doing it eloquently.  But this isn’t just about her moving prose, it’s about where Rachel takes you—her world.  It’s a world of cages, flutters and tears of blood.  […]

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Book Review – Duane Swierczynski’s The Wheelman

One Kickass Crime Novel – I had to put down one of Stephen King’s long-winded tales, as well as a Dean Koontz self-absorbed Oddity because I didn’t want to stop reading “The Wheelman.”  I’ll get back to those guys later, but for now I’m going to hunt down the next Swierczynski  crime novel—way more fun. […]

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