The Edgar Awards Revisited: 1984

An account of the women in Narco Noir and the various roles they play in both real life and fiction.

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The Edgar Awards Revisited: The Sculptress by Minette Walters (Best Novel; 1994)

The Sculptress is the first book I’ve read by Minette Walters, but it certainly won’t be the last. I was surprised to learn that it’s only the second book she’d written, quickly following on the tail of her 1992 debut novel, The Ice House. Walters’ writing draws you in at once. It’s clear when you…

Book Review: A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber

Winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber is a psychologically riveting read that introduces Lizzy Barber as an outstanding new voice in suspense fiction. British author Lizzy Barber makes her fiction debut with the suspenseful novel A Girl Named Anna. Barber, a former English major from Cambridge University, had concentrated…

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Book Review: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

In One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski, Allison Simpson is offered a job house-sitting a beachfront home, but she never expects to embark on a search for a missing woman from 30 years ago…

Five Murderous Baking Trends

I’m constantly on the hunt for interesting baking trends to work into my mystery series. I want readers to feel fully immersed in the sensory world of an artisan kitchen when they step into the pages of my books. I want you to be able to smell herbaceous rosemary flatbread charring in a wood-fired oven,…

Book Review: The Fifth Column by Andrew Gross

If you look up the literal translation for ‘the Fifth Column’ the resulting definition is: ‘a group of people who undermine a larger group from within’.  Taken within the confines of the latest release by author Andrew Gross we are talking about German operatives and Nazi sympathizers operating within the United States during World War…

Cooking the Books: Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay

I’ve read quite a few books from Jenn McKinlay’s Cupcake Bakery mystery series for this column, but this has been my first of her Library Lover’s, and I have to say that I was completely blown away. Perhaps it’s just the subject matter, or perhaps it’s the slightly more serious tone of this series, but…

Supernatural, the Final Season (Spoilers and Predictions Ahead)

Here is my not-so-secret secret guilty pleasure: I love the television show Supernatural. In 2013, our older daughter was home on holiday break from college, and one night she wondered if I’d like to stay up and watch a show I’d never heard of—Supernatural—though by then the show had been on television for eight years.…

Book Review: Takes One to Know One by Susan Isaacs

Takes One to Know One by Susan Isaacs is a bitingly wry and ominously thrilling novel about a former FBI anti-terrorism agent turned Long Island housewife whose curiosity leads her to investigate a boring coworker that ends up opening a case far more dangerous than she could have imagined. Thirty-eight-year-old Corie Geller has it all:…

Book Review: What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr

What Rose Forgot is a wild and crazy ride. Rose Dennis, born in 1952, would undoubtedly appreciate the appropriation of Steve Martin’s signature phrase.  Not that there’s anything funny about Dennis’s predicament. She’s on the lam from somewhere—she’s not sure where—clad in a hospital gown and she’s dehydrated and delirious. Perhaps she’s dreaming: “I’ve fallen…

Book Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear. The term “elevator pitch” is a reference to the amount of time a fledgling writer/singer/performing artist would have if they were stuck…