Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s hoping you didn’t overdo the celebration last night, but if you did overindulge, take heart: hangovers don’t last forever, they only seem as if they do. Drink coffee and eat some spicy food (I recommend huevos rancheros) and you’ll be back in the saddle in no time.

However, if you were foolish enough to make a New Year’s resolution or two, I can’t help you. Resolutions made on New Year’s Eve rarely make it to Three Kings Day so either avoid them altogether, or make sure resolution is user friendly. Last year, I resolved to drink my way through every local brewery in Gainesville, tasting every IPA, Imperial Stout or lager I could get my hands on. As it happens, our little town currently had three excellent craft breweries so I haven’t yet hit my goal, but I intend to keep trying.

Here’s hoping 2018 is good to all of us.

 

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Dumb Witness

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Today I want to talk about dumb witnesses–and no, I’m not being politically incorrect! I’m using the word dumb in its original meaning, as in being unable to speak. In mysteries, a dumb witness is one that has witnessed a … Continue reading

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Magical Venice!

Venizia Do believe in magic? I do, but then I’m a writer, and writers are great believers in magic. We dream up stories, write them down and make them real–if that’s not magic, what is? But until recently I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Wicked Florida!

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I’ve always said that Florida is the ideal home base for a mystery writers–there are just so many interesting ways to plan a murder. This point was reinforced last year when I attended a fun exhibit at the Florida Museum … Continue reading

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Mixing Genres: A Dangerous Game

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Although I’d dreamed of writing when I was a kid growing up in Baltimore, life kept getting in the way of dreams, when it should have been the other way around. And so it was only after several careers, which … Continue reading

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April in the City of Light

The Eiffel Tower puts on a show! WHAT MAKES A CITY GREAT? I’m not sure what makes a city great, but I know a great city when I meet one. I’ve been fortunate to have visited some of the famed … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams

People often ask me where I get my ideas for stories. Of course, all fiction stems from the imagination and the simplest answer is that I make it up. But the imagination is not an bottomless pool of ideas–like anything … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween!

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I have a confession to make–I’m a horror gal. Since the day I discovered a pile of pulp mags under a bed in my grandparents’ house, I’ve been a shameless devotee of ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump … Continue reading

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A Visit with Mr. Dickens

Throughout his all-too-brief life, Charles Dickens was constantly on the move. By any measure, his list of residences is astounding. Perhaps he inherited this restless spirit from his father, who moved from pillar to post, usually one step ahead of … Continue reading

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The Detection Club

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As such things go, detective fiction is the new kid on the literary block. Unlike romance, which can trace its roots back to the middle ages, the detective story burst on the scene in 1841 with Edgar Allen Poe’s┬ádetective Auguste … Continue reading

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