Variations on Reading

Most of the readers I know don’t just “enjoy” reading—we love it. Must read. Can’t imagine a day without it. With this in common, it’s very interesting to consider how differently we all do the same thing. Some favor routine: a favorite time and location, perhaps with a desirable beverage. And many people are fond of reading in bed, snuggled under a cozy blanket with … Continue reading Variations on Reading

Guest Chick: Susan Van Kirk

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Susan Van Kirk, president of the online chapter of Sisters in Crime (“Guppies”) and author of the Endurance Mysteries. A DEATH AT TIPPITT POND is the first in her new Sweet Iron Mystery series, and Susan has graciously offered to give an ebook of this much-anticipated mystery to one lucky commenter today!  Life’s Safety Features I live in a … Continue reading Guest Chick: Susan Van Kirk

Chicks on the Case Book Club

We love talking about books and we know you do, too, so… let’s talk together! The Chicks Book Club began with My Fair Latte by Vickie Fee in March, and there’s more to come. Please join us for discussions of the following books. 6/15 The Study of Secrets by Cynthia Kuhn 10/16 Murder in the Bayou Boneyard by Ellen Byron 11/30 Puzzling Ink by Becky Clark 12/11 Mimi Lee Gets a … Continue reading Chicks on the Case Book Club

Tiny Hobbies for Social Distancing

Social distancing mode may continue for awhile–and while it’s admittedly difficult, it may be the perfect time to develop some new hobbies. For those of us working from home (especially with added homeschooling duties) who may find ourselves with far less time than we had before, these are decidedly not the kinds of wonderful projects that others may have time to engage in, like planting … Continue reading Tiny Hobbies for Social Distancing

Fave Movies About Writers

As I write this, we’re hours away from the Oscars. The excitement around my house is palpable–by which I mean I’m breathlessly counting down the minutes until showtime and no one else gives a hoot. They had their Super Bowl last week, so they’re good. Anyway, by the time you read this, we’ll know who walked away with statues. Hope the films and nominees you were cheering … Continue reading Fave Movies About Writers

Cover Reveal: The Study of Secrets

The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries #5) finds Lila on sabbatical in a charming Victorian mansion, where she is drawn into a new mystery. In keeping with the title, I’m going to share a few secrets… First, although the covers in the series look alike at first glance, do you notice that each one has a slightly different collection of items on the right? … Continue reading Cover Reveal: The Study of Secrets

Almost The Holidays! (Or Maybe They Already Started!)

Whee! It’s that time of year again, when no one seems to agree on when holiday decorations should begin to appear around town. Stores have started putting out displays earlier and earlier, and inquiring minds want to know: does the sight of holiday decorations going up right after Halloween make you want to scream? Or does it make you want to run for your favorite reindeer … Continue reading Almost The Holidays! (Or Maybe They Already Started!)