Crime and PUNishment

Crime and PUNishment

Crime fiction comes in all sorts of flavors, and it can be harder to tell one sub-genre from another than a green apple Jelly Belly from a kiwi flavored one. Luckily, publishers are savvy enough to slap titles on the books that give readers broad hints about the...
Courage in the Air

Courage in the Air

Since I decided to blog about courage in its myriad forms, it seems like people everywhere are talking about eschewing fear or having more courage. A friend of mine’s New Year’s resolution was “No fear!” and the columnist Maria Hinojosa wrote a stirring essay about...
Life Has Make-Up Tests

Life Has Make-Up Tests

The new year handed me a test of courage this week and I flunked it. Big time. But then I took a make-up and maybe redeemed myself a little. Here’s what happened: Best Mystery Novel Since … I received a request from an on-line acquaintance I’ll call “Q” to blurb...
Shadowboxing with Irony

Shadowboxing with Irony

Talk About Ironic I’m a novelist, so I dabble with irony on a weekly, if not daily, basis.   I like the sting at the end of a short mystery, the reversal in the middle of a thriller.  Think serial killer falling victim to a serial killer.  Or animal rights activist...