• cozy mystery,  Mystery movie

    Glass Onion mini-review

    I loved Rian Johnson’s 2019 mystery film, Knives Out, which dealt with a family angling to inherit the wealth of a world-famous and elderly mystery author, played to perfection by the late Christopher Plummer. Daniel Craig played detective Benoit Blanc, who plunged into the maze-like mystery and collared the murderer. When I learned that Johnson was working on a follow-on movie featuring Blanc, I couldn’t wait to see it. Glass Onion debuted on Netflix on December 23 and my wife and I did a teleparty with our friend Brian, since we were all housebound because of an ice storm. Knives Out was set in a sprawling Gothic castle-like mansion, a…

  • Books,  cozy mystery,  libraries

    A Passion for Cozy Mystery

    When I first began reading mysteries, years ago, I started with Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton, and Robert B. Parker. I loved Parker’s Spencer. I also read some of the classics, starting with Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, Poe’s short story, “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and of course, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. But it wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that I read my first actual cozy mystery, On What Grounds, the first Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse mystery, after a friend recommended it. I loved the novel. It took place a coffeehouse in Greenwich village in New York City, and had humor, a little romance,…

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    Sharing Secrets at the Library

    When you’re a young child, everything in the world seems a secret. Why does it rain? Where do puppies come from? Why do the stars twinkle? How come I’m not feeling well? Some secrets are revealed early. Your mother will point out a cloud and say that that’s where the rain comes from, or your dad will say puppies come from mommy dogs. Then there are the “secrets”, like dinosaurs, fire truck, dump trucks, princesses and princes, sharks and so on. Grown-ups call that knowledge. They aren’t really “secret” in that they aren’t meant to be shared, except for the things grown-ups don’t want a kid to know, yet. Grown-ups…

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    Make Mine A Mystery

    Welcome to the new beginning for my author site. Changes have been afoot in my writing since fall 2020, and they are finally bearing fruit. I began as a fantasy and science fiction author, and eventually published seven novels, six fantasy and one space opera, as well as novellas in the 2018 Street Spells and last September’s High Moon. I am a long time fan of fantasy and science fiction. I’m also a long-time fan of mystery. I started out reading a mystery every so often. Sherlock Holmes, Poe’s “Murder in the Rue Morgue,” Kinsey Mallone, Lawrence Block and on. I idly thought about writing an historical mystery series set…