Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs (Cozy Mystery Novel, December 2018). The fatal knifing of a shady (and widely disliked) attorney during a dress rehearsal for an amateur theater group’s upcoming holiday production of A Christmas Carol puts Suzanne, cafe co-owner and amateur detective into investigative mode yet again. its the eighth book in the Cackleberry Club Mystery […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Eggs on Ice"
The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel"
A Gathering of Secrets by Linda Castillo. (Mystery/Crime Novel, 2018). About two weeks ago I took a welcome break from some of the harsher and more violent books I’ve been reading for a gentler, even heartwarming older novel. That one presented a highly idealized, not to say whitewashed, vision of life among the Amish. Now, in […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: A Gathering of Secrets"
Shelved Under Murder by Victoria Gilbert. Cozy Mystery Novel, July 2018. The second novel in yet another cozy mystery series, this one revolves around library director Amy Webber. She also has a background in art history, which comes in handy here, even as she narrates the tale in a capable yet vulnerable and winning manner. Adhering […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Shelved Under Murder"
An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller (Contemporary Novel, 2010). I decided I needed a break in reading the batch of zombie novels I’m reviewing for another author’s website (check out dmdraper.com/reviews, if that interests you), I picked up a copy of this at my local library. it was a welcome, maybe even a necessary change of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Christmas"
I’ve done a couple freelance review articles for horror novelist DM Draper’s website in the past. But now I’ve been asked to review a number of well-received zombie-focused works. The first two have already been published. Here are the links: http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/cell-by-stephen-king/ http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/patient-zero-a joe-ledger-novel/ More such reviews will be forthcoming as are some new fiction pieces […]Read more "WRITING NEWS & RANDOM LITERARY HOUSEKEEPING"
I’ve been crazy-busy on a number of fronts, as a result this report on doings at the Grand Midway Hotel (and in particular the weekly coffeehouse) is a shameful four days late. My apologies. So anyway, the evening after Halloween night (when Syn and I donned costumes and gave out treats to passersby from the […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 1 November, 2018 (and what followed on Saturday, the 3rd)"