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July 13

Death & Science in Tennessee: Carved in Bone, Jefferson Bass

*** Harper Collins, 2006 0060759828 (ISBN13: 9780060759827) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I was excited about reading this book because I thoroughly enjoyed Death’s Acre, written by Jon Jefferson and Dr. William Bass before they became Jefferson Bass. While this book was a great choice for the Mysteries from Every State Challenge, I […]

February 15

Meet the Author: Forty Years In A Day by Mona Rodriguez | Arbiter News

  Meet the Author: Forty Years In A Day by Mona Rodriguez | Arbiter News.

February 14

Novelist Chris Orcutt Shares Insight With Writers

Chirs Orcutt, author of the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, shares his insight on writing, inspiration, and selecting what to write about. Please check out his amazing article at our sister site, Arbiter News.   Read: “Paying Attention as a Fiction Writer”

January 19

Top 10 Read in 2014

2014 was an interesting year in reading.  According to my Goodreads reading challenge, I read 56 books.  Many were read for the “Mysteries From Every State Challenge,” three (Carthage, Shutter Island, The Round House) made it to my top 10.  The books are not in any particular order.   Moloka’i, Alan Brennert This novel was […]

June 18

Vast Arizona: The Blessing Way, Tony Hillerman

***3/4 Harper Torch, 1970 ISBN 0061000019 (ISBN13: 9780061000010) Part of the Mysteries from Every State challenge This was the first Tony Hillerman book I read, and I can say it was just what I expected: well written, entertaining, and very descriptive of the setting. The book starts with the discovery of a corpse in the […]

June 12

“Pretty” Rhode Island: The Sculptor, Gregory Funaro

**1/2 Pinnacle, 2009 ISBN 0786022124 (ISBN13: 9780786022120) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge This is the kind of book where the idea was better than the actual story. “The Sculptor” is a serial killer who disposes of his victims to replicate famous statues by Michelangelo by using real body parts for his creations. […]

June 09

Fear and Loathing in Colorado: The Shining, Stephen King

***** Hodder & Stoughton, 1977 ISBN 0450040186 (ISBN13: 9780450040184) Part of the Mysteries from Every State Challenge I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book, especially because I love the movie so much. However, no matter how much I like Kubrick, the book is much better. In the spirit of full […]

June 03

Tedium and cliché in Connecticut: Two Little Girls in Blue, Mary Higgins Clark

* Pocket Books, 2007 ISBN 0743497295 (ISBN13: 9780743497299) Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge  This is probably a book I should have put down after the first chapter. I can’t remember reading Mary Higgins Clark, but I thought that since she was so popular, the novel would be pretty good. WRONG! The story […]

June 02

Big Questions in New York: Carthage, Joyce Carol Oates

***** Fourth Estate, 2014 ASIN B00DJHKGUK Part of the Mysterious USA Mystery reading challenge Sometimes there are periods when nothing you read impresses you—and then a book comes along that just blows you away by the sheer talent of the writer. Some novels touch readers through story; others do it through language or plot construction. […]

February 22

Snowy, Remote Minnesota: The Vanishing, Wendy Webb

Hyperion, 2014 ISBN 1401341942 (ISBN13: 9781401341947) ***1/4 Part of the Mysteries from Every State Reading Challenge Julia Bishop has recently lost her husband, her friends, and her entire life. The “Bernie Madoff of the Midwest,” her husband had swindled hundreds out of their life savings before killing himself once his scheme was discovered. Hounded by […]