Category Archives: Mystery stories

Guest: Author Iris Chacon

I knew that I had to ask Iris Chacon in as a guest as soon as I read her “Schifflebein’s Folly”. It was one of the nicest experiences I have had all year; a charming story so amusingly well-told that … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Jennifer Girardin

I met today’s guest online and was captivated by her varied and beautiful posts. Jennifer Girardin is the author of the Moriston House British Mystery Series, and many of her posts reflect that life. Welcome, Jennifer! Your posts are often … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Ten

This month I read a few books written by good friends, in addition to continuations of series I can’t seem to put down. Hairballs and Homicide by Ruth J. HartmanKitty Beret Cafe Mystery, Book 1Fellow sweet romance author Ruth J. … Continue reading

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Gettin’ It Down

This week The Hound asked: “Most of us (writers) will depart this earth with several unfinished manuscripts. Have you ever thought of what might become of them? Will someone in your family pick them up and FINISH them? [as the … Continue reading

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A Feel-good Movie? Elementary!

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What’s your favorite feel-good movie?” I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m not a movie watcher. I’ll stop what I’m doing when a movie clip is shown on tv or online, but I don’t often choose … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Colleen Gleason

A few weeks ago I posted my reviews for two YA steampunk stories. Both were in a fascinating series called Stoker and Holmes. The two protagonists are a pair of intelligent and resourceful seventeen-year-olds: Evaline Stoker is a vampire hunter … Continue reading

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It Was a Noir and Stormy Night…

“What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before?”  I’d like to be able to write a REAL mystery, an all-out head-scratcher from start to finish. A gritty, serious, police or even a spy novel. … Continue reading

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Branching Out as an Author?

I posed this week’s topic: What kind of book would you like to write that you haven’t tried before? I love to read most genres in the romance category, but the ones that usually keep me reading are those that … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eight

It seems that the busier I get, the more I read. As I mentioned last week, this is the way I de-stress. So since this was an insanely crazy month with my daughter getting married, I actually read more than … Continue reading

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