REVIEWED: Some Rise By Sin

Some Rise By Sin by Philip Caputo (Crime/Suspense Novel, 2017). This engrossing, if grim contemporary novel is set in and around an isolated desert  village in the foothills of Mexico’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Like so much of the country, San Patricio is being torn apart by a brutal drug war of a savagery on a scale that dwarfs even the […]

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REVIEWED: Crusader’s Cross

Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke. (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2005). People who’ve read my reviews know I like a wide variety of genres. And of course I have my favored authors. Many of these are very prolific, and that is certainly the case with James Lee Burke. I’m hardly alone in my enthusiasm for Burke, as he’s […]

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Not Gagging On It, Tonight!

Random Fun Fact of the Day: Fake movie blood tastes worse than real blood. Much worse. I know this from personal experience, for indeed that is yours truly: chomping down on rubber prop intestines and said unpalatable liquid in my role as a zombie in Blair Murphy’s Windber-centered low-budget movie, Zombie Dream. For addition poignant, […]

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Special Coffeehouse Tonight

The Shangra La Coffeehouse at Windber Pennsylvania’s famed and fabulous haunted hotel, the Grand Midway will be open tonight, from 6 PM till Midnight. As usual, it’s only $3/person for all the coffee you can drink. Plenty of used books, videos (including copies of the locally produced movie ZOMBIE DREAM), T-shirts and assorted odd gift items […]

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REVIEWED: Dead and Breakfast

Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury (cozy mystery novel, 2017). For once, I pick up the FIRST in a new series of mystery novels! Kingsbury, of course, is a veteran and highly successful writer with a bunch of popular series to her credit. But this one is the initial offering set in the Merry Ghost Inn. […]

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REVIEWED: Death of a Ghost

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton. (Mystery Novel, 2017). The above is the 33rd (!) Hamish Macbeth mystery novel by M.C. Beaton; the above is also the 1st of the series that I’ve read. The BBC did a series based on the books in the 1990s (which I’ve never seen, either). Coming in so late […]

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January 19 at the midway, part 2

The last movie of the coffeehouse night… Great rock n roll/coming of age movie! Meanwhile, I had a long heart-to-heart chat with a friend. Then a bunch of us got into Netflix (‘crack for TV/movie fans’)-especially including shows like The Magician. There was also talk of binging on various foods, Stephen King’s great book On Writing and the […]

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