Book Review: The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins

The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins My rating: 3 of 5 stars I took this Edgar-nominated mystery on vacation with me to while away the hours on a trans-Atlantic flight. It served that purpose well enough–the writing is good, the characters of Sheriff Quinn Colson and Deputy Lillie are appealing, and there is some snappy […]

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Book Review: The Art Forger

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro My rating: 4 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book while I was reading it. I loved the glimpse into the world of artists, museums, and galleries that it provided. The information about painting technique was very well woven into the texture of the novel, so it never […]

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Book Review: WANT NOT by Jonathan Miles

Want Not by Jonathan Miles My rating: 4 of 5 stars WANT NOT is a novel of ideas which nevertheless has plenty of compelling characters and some witty writing. It is told from the alternating points of view of three unrelated family groups: a young “freegan” couple squatting in an abandoned NYC building and getting all […]

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What is it about women and book groups?

What is it about women and book groups? I’ve belonged to my book group for ten years. As an author, I’ve visited many more–some that are run with as many regulations as the FDA and some that are as free-form as a Unitarian wedding. But they have one thing in common: they’re all made up […]

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Pet Peeves in Murder Mysteries & Thrillers

Writing murder mysteries has made it a lot harder for me to fully enjoy reading them. Like one magician watching the performance of another, I’m always looking for how the trick was pulled off, acutely aware of the sleight of hand and distractions that make a good mystery or thriller work. And when the machinery […]

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