BOOK REVIEW: Shelved Under Murder

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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Christmas

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 […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Proposal

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary/Romantic Novel, 2018). Successful freelance writer Nikole (Nik) Paterson has been dating a self-involved and shallow LA actor for only 5 months. It’s totally casual and that’s fine with her. A bad ‘serious’ relationship a few years back has left her gun-shy about the very idea of love. Baseball isn’t her […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Johnstown Girls

The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George. (History-Related Novel, 2014). On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 two journalists with a major Pittsburgh newspaper are in search of fresh angles for a series of articles on the subject. Ben Bragdon and his younger co-worker Nina Collins plan to feature an […]

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WRITING NEWS & RANDOM LITERARY HOUSEKEEPING

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 […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Inglorious Basterds. 2009. Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent. 2 hrs., 33 mins. Tarantino’s typically over-the-top and gory, yet quite entertaining wish-fulfillment vision of how World War Two should’ve ended is long and episodic, yet also so fast-paced and (yes) accomplished that one doesn’t mind the […]

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