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Gretchen Archer on Road Trips, Super Spies & Double Knot

Gretchen Archer’s biography claims she is a Tennessee housewife who turned to a life of crime (fiction) when her daughters left for college. Don’t let the housewife title fool you. Gretchen Archer is a writer with mad skills, blending humor … Continue reading

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The Premise of a Mystery

A mystery needs a strong premise to succeed in today’s vast sea of manuscripts and newly published books. But what exactly is a premise? And how can you tell if the premise of your book is a good one? In … Continue reading

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Murder in Africa

MURDER IN EXOTIC PLACES, continued. by Elizabeth Buhmann Last month, I wrote about books set on the Indian subcontinent. How about books set in Africa? I have never been to Africa, but I’ve read Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari. The subtitle … Continue reading

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Murder in Exotic Places

By Elizabeth Buhmann I love to read murder mysteries that are set somewhere in the world that I have never been. Let me hasten to say that I do not care for such mysteries when they’ve been written by someone … Continue reading

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Mystery/Thriller Recommendations

It’s that time of year! A time for reflection on the past year and anticipation of the new. If you’re like me, you hear a lot of people mention a good book or movie and you think to yourself, “That … Continue reading

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Book Review: Burrows

By Valerie Chandler Burrows, the second book of Reavis Z. Wortham’s Red River series, is a page-turner and a satisfying read. In 1964, in North Texas along the Red River, young constable Cody Parker, recently back from Vietnam, has his … Continue reading

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