“My chief dislikes are crowds, loud noises, gramophones and cinemas.” I feel a particular kindredship with Agatha Christie. I too dislike crowds and loud noises. I’m not much for listening to loud music and even before covid movie theaters were hit or miss for me. I find that too often the movie volume is muchContinue reading “Snow Days of Mystery”
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“Home Before Dark” and why the “The Sound of Music” is ruined forever.
I read a lot of good books last year: “The Starless Sea,” “One by One,” “Eight Perfect Murders,” and more. But, of all the books I read in 2020, one stood out as my favorite read of the year. I won’t say it was the most literary, or most poignant, book I read last year,Continue reading ““Home Before Dark” and why the “The Sound of Music” is ruined forever.”
“The Postscript Murders” and how chocolate makes everything better
I have been an avid Elly Griffiths fan for years. I LOVE her Ruth Galloway series, and eagerly read the newest addition each year, so I was very pleased when I found her first stand alone novel, “The Stranger Diaries,” a couple of years ago. Color me shocked when a few weeks ago, I discoveredContinue reading ““The Postscript Murders” and how chocolate makes everything better”
“The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” and how lemons help fight misogyny.
I’m a bit behind the times, it seems. For months, I saw several people reading Grady Hendrix’s most recent book, “The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.” I’m not sure I would say I’m a fan of Grady Hendrix, but I did enjoy his “Horrorstor,” especially after I worked at IKEA for a whileContinue reading ““The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires” and how lemons help fight misogyny.”
“The Sanatorium” or how I got my groove back!
It’s been months since my last post; I moved, started a new job, made new friends, quit that job, moved again, all while trying to survive a global pandemic. (And some of that time spent in the then Covid capitol of the world.) I now live in a tiny town in Washington state, a townContinue reading ““The Sanatorium” or how I got my groove back!”
“The Hunting Party” and why the TSA thought my cookies were the bomb
A group of old college friends (and their someones) are spending New Years together, a tradition leftover from their college days. This year, they’re spending it in a beautiful and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands. They arrive just before a blizzard seals them off from the outside world. “On my good days, I persuadeContinue reading ““The Hunting Party” and why the TSA thought my cookies were the bomb”
“Supermarket” and the sadness of banana cream pie
“So this is how it feels to take a man’s life. Forced to kill for one’s own survival.” “I looked down at the puddle of blood by my feet, locking eyes with my reflection. Florescent lights flickered overhead. How’d I get here? I was just a dude who worked at the grocery store. Now hereContinue reading ““Supermarket” and the sadness of banana cream pie”
“The Turn of the Key” and creepy children
“Dear Mr. Wrexham, You have no idea how many times I have started this letter and screwed up the resulting mess, but I’ve realized there is no magic formula here. There is no way I can make you listen to my case. So I’m just going to have to do my best to set thingsContinue reading ““The Turn of the Key” and creepy children”
“Cemetery Road” and 9 hours of Iles
“I never meant to kill my brother. I never set out to hate my father. I never dreamed I would bury my own son. Nor could I have imagined that I would betray the childhood friend who saved my life, or win a Pulitzer Prize for telling a lie.” Marshall McEwan is an award-winning journalistContinue reading ““Cemetery Road” and 9 hours of Iles”
“The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural” and dolls that are definitely possessed
“From behind the curtains there still sounded the terrible high long-drawn scream… It died away in a horrible kind of giggle. Then there came the thud of a body falling…” “The Last Séance is a new collection of Agatha Christie’s short stories with supernatural elements and includes a story that had never been published inContinue reading ““The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural” and dolls that are definitely possessed”