Curtain up on This First Line Friday

This past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but in these past few weeks I've started assessing some of the smaller, more trivial aspects of my life that were altered. For instance, in my adult life, this is the longer period of time I've gone without seeing a show in a theatre. Plays,... Continue Reading →

Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton and R.W. Green

At the tail end of 2019 longtime mystery and romance author M.C. Beaton passed away. The outpouring from fans was immense, and the realization that her two most famous detectives, Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, had nabbed their last murderers hit me particularly hard—I was actually holding one of her books when I heard the... Continue Reading →

If Every Day Was Christmas by Donna Ashcroft

There comes a point—usually during the couple of days following Thanksgiving—when, fueled by turkey and sweet potatoes. Strands of lights start illuminating all the cracks and crevices. There's a constant smell of cookies drifting from the oven. Yes, it's all a big fuss for Christmas, but I can't help it. Since it only comes once... Continue Reading →

Hope, Faith, and a Corpse by Laura Jensen Walker

One of the greatest challenges an author faces when writing a cozy mystery is crafting a main character who other people—sometimes complete strangers—actually want to talk to. It's not enough that the sleuth finds themself stumbling through a mystery. If they actually want to solve anything, people have to talk to them. There's all sorts... Continue Reading →

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