Happy Birthday to Leslie

Today is Leslie Karst’s birthday, and this is her virtual birthday party! In order to pull this off, we’ll need your participation, please…  First, jump out from behind some furniture and yell SURPRISE! Then help yourself to a signature cocktail… Dying for a Taste Daiquiri A Measure of Murder and Mojito Death al Fresco Frangelico Murder from Scratch Mai Tai   Next, it’s time to … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Leslie

Guest Chick: Debra Goldstein

We are thrilled to welcome back Debra Goldstein, author of the Sarah Blair Mysteries and more! Debra has generously offered to give away a copy of her latest book, A Treat Too Many–read on to find out how to enter. Love Cozies – Hate Cooking and Crafts As long as I can remember, I’ve read cozy mysteries. When I decided to write a book, my friends and … Continue reading Guest Chick: Debra Goldstein

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! Participation is simple: just visit the blog on the date below and bring any questions you have about the book, the series, the characters, the writing process, the research, or anything you’re curious about. The authors will be there to answer your questions. (If you don’t have time to read the … 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