July 30, 2017

Writers get lots of advice. Some of the best I’ve received is to study the works of other writers. And I’ve done just that, analyzing the character development, story structure, and styles of Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Dianne Emley, Sue Grafton, and many more....

May 14, 2017

Praise for 50 Shades of Cabernet:

“A comfortable armchair, a glass of Cabernet, and this sparkling collection of mystery short stories from a group of talented writers . . . total bliss!”

--Ellen Crosby, author of The Champagne Conspiracy

“Ah, Cabernet Sauvignon! Each bot...

March 12, 2017

It happens. Someone in your book group hated the assigned book and doesn't think it's even worthy of discussion. So the talk turns to soccer games and inexplicable spouses, teens, bosses, computers, etc.

But is liking the book even important?

Mickey Pearlman says “no.” S...

January 8, 2017

Murder on Tour is the travel-themed book group featured in the Hazel Rose Book Group series. The members each read a different mystery based on a geographical setting and gather to discuss their selections. They try to avoid spoilers but sometimes they slip!

Years ago,...

November 6, 2016

Hazel Rose, the amateur sleuth in my Hazel Rose Book Group series, is a romance writer. She joins an impressive list of fictional writer sleuths. Here are just a few:

Jo Bannister Dr. Clio Rees is a physician and mystery writer

Ray Bradbury’s unnamed writer and amateur s...

September 4, 2016

Theme book groups are fun. The members pick a theme, read a book of their choice based on the theme, and meet to talk about what they read. But beware: you’re in constant danger of going home with a runaway TBR list!

In the Murder on Tour group featured in Murder at the...