The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell (Victorian Gothic Novel, 2018). First published in the UK, Laura Purcell’s 2nd novel is a compelling and subtle, ultimately satisfying Gothic tale of early Victorian England. Purcell opens the book with a telling excerpt from “The Song of the Shirt,” a poem from that era that recounts the poverty and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Thread"
Bad Things by Nancy Bush (Crime/Suspense Novel, July 2019). Veteran suspense writer Nancy Bush focuses her latest novel on a group of longtime friends with way too many secrets–most dating from their high school days. Ugly, even deadly secrets that even back then had cost one girl her life. Now they’re all around 30 and the […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Bad Things"
The coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel has been a weekly rollercoaster since we recently reopened on Saturday nights. Last week was very encouraging with a very decent number of paying customers, including people seeking guided tours of this small Pennsylvania coal town’s famously haunted late 19th Century hotel and buying some esoteric gift items/souvenirs. […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 21 September 2019"
Peach Clobbered by Anna Gerard (Cozy Mystery Novel, July 2019). This is the first in a new cozy mystery series, set in a small touristy town in Georgia. Although the author has published no less than ten previous novels, Peach Clobbered is the first to appear under this name. The earlier books, comprising three separate mystery series […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Peach Clobbered"
With Blair Murphy on a ‘secret mission’ (of a literary nature, possibly leading to something big–and yes, that is all that Our Glorious Leader would tell any of us), I was in charge of the weekly coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel. I was ably assisted by Synthia (in a black promotional t-shirt dating back […]Read more "COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 14 September 2019"
Green Valley by Louis Greenberg (SF novel, June 2019). Greenberg’s novel is about a near-future where most of the world’s people have rejected the whole idea of the high-tech, always-connected and always-monitored Information Age. The book opens about a decade after this overwhelming popular uprising against the surveillance state, up to and including a ban on […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Green Valley"
After taking a couple months off for improvements, Windber, Pennsylvania’s haunted hotel, The Grand Midway, has re-launched its weekly coffeehouse. The re-opening was last night, Saturday, September 7. We’ll be open each Saturday evening, 6 till (at least) 10 PM through Halloween. And since this coming Friday is the 13th, we’ll be doing a bonus […]Read more "REVIVING COFFEEHOUSE NIGHTS: 7 September 2019"