When You’re Down and Out, When You’re On the Street*

Don’t miss mystery writer/blogger Margot Kinberg’s timely post!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

ShelterWhere do you go if you have to escape a domestic abuser in the middle of the night, with nothing but car, keys and kids (if you even have a car)? What if you’ve run out of money and have no place to live? What if you’re a teen who’s been thrown out of your home, or who’s had to escape an abuse situation? Your first thought might be to go to the home of a friend or relative. But if that’s not an option, what other choice have you got?

For many people, the answer is a shelter. There are different kinds of shelters, of course. Some are municipal, some are run by charities, and others by individuals. And they vary greatly in safety and quality. But they’re all integral parts of a system where people sometimes fall through the proverbial cracks. And they can, quite literally, mean the…

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Mysteries – Reader Survey!

A Reader’s Survey on Mysteries — please visit and participate. Quick & Easy!

Lit World Interviews

If you haven’t answered the Survey Questions yet, we still need more responses. It doesn’t take long.

Here we are on LitWorldInterviews with our first of many Genre oriented surveys. The success of our previous survey “Why do people stop reading a book?” and the response in the comments prompted a more detailed evaluation of the topic.

Please reblog and sharethis with as many people as you can so we have a lot of responses to make the data we share as accurate as can be expected.

We need at least 100 responses or there’s no reason to post the results.

This month’s survey is the genre of Mystery.

Thank you to the following 19 bloggers for making our previous survey such a success by reblogging the survey:

James Glenora

Aurora Jean Alexander

Juliette King

Stevie Turner

Linda G. Hill


Wendy Anne Darling

Adele Marie Park


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C’mon, Let’s Get Cozy!

A hardboiled mystery writer comes out of the closet and admits he enjoys cozies!


Okay, it’s ’fess up time. I like cozy mysteries. There—I said it—this big bad former Marine who writes hardboiled mysteries enjoys curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot tea and losing myself for a few hours in the Land of Cozies. Uh, make that my recliner, and scratch the tea. And make it a cold beer or three fingers of single malt Scotch instead. There, now I’m all set and ready to enjoy!

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As a change of pace I thought today I would show my feminine side (can I do that?) and feature a few of my favorite cozy authors and their books. And so, in no particular order here are a few of my favorite cozy authors and series.

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2Connie Archer, aka, Connie di MarcoMs. Archer is the author of THE SOUP LOVER’S…

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Is My Timing Right?*

Another interesting article from mystery writer/blogger Margot Kinberg!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

TimingAn interesting post from FictionFan, at FictionFan’s Book Reviews, and the comments we exchanged, have got me thinking about timing. Many different sorts of things can affect what we think of a book we’re reading. There’s the obvious things such as plot, characters and so on. There’s also the matter of personal taste. We’re all different in the sorts of stories we enjoy.

But another, subtler, factor in how we feel about a book is arguably the timing of when we read that book. For the reader, timing can have an impact in several ways. For instance (and this is the sort of thing FictionFan and I were ‘talking’ about), if you read a book when it first comes out, it may feel fresh and new. That can add to your enjoyment of a novel. That’s especially true if the novel adds an innovation to the genre, or…

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An Interview with Paul D. Marks

A current Shamus Award finalist picks the brain of a former Shamus Award winner! Don’t miss Max Everhart’s interview with Paul D. Marks at Motive Means Opportunity!


motivemeansopportunityIt’s our great pleasure to have Paul D. Marks, Shamus Award-winning author on MMO today. Read about his writing process, how to write cinematically, the difference between noir and mystery. . .and much more! Check it out!

LAMMO: White Heat won the Shamus Award back in 2013. I really dig the setting (Los Angeles during the Rodney King riots) as well as Duke Rogers (the P.I. protagonist).  Did you have the setting/context in mind first, or the character? How did that whole book “come together”?

Paul: It’s kind of like the chicken and egg question, isn’t it? And after all this time and so many words under the bridge also a little hard to remember. But setting and context are always important to me. People have said that Los Angeles (in particular) is like another character in my books and stories. I think the character of a city influences…

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To Market, To Market

Don’t miss mystery writer Kait Carson’s post on the marketing dilemmas today’s writers face!


Today’s blog will be short and sweet—stop that cheering—I can hear you!

There used to be a saying that “writers write, that’s what they do.” It was true at one time. Back in the days of the big however many houses when author marketing was largely handled by the publicity and/or marketing departments of the author’s house. Back in the day, the marketing department arranged the publicity, bought the ads and air time, sold the books not only to bookstores (there were a lot of them pre- ereaders), but to book clubs and book of the month style clubs. A well-known writer’s book (and even books of lesser known writers) were splashed everywhere. At least for a few months. Alas, no more.

Yes, there are still big houses—I think we are down to four, although it may be three. Hard to keep track. And to some extent they do some…

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Be sure to check out writer Marina Sofia’s blog. Inspiring!

Some people have published books, while others have proferred excuses. Some people say: ‘Yes, I want to write’, others say: ‘Yes, but I don’t have the time’.  Which is…

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You Can Run a Household*

Read Margot Kinberg’s delightful post on the importance of secondary characters in mystery fiction!

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

HousekeepersWouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone to manage your household? The cleaning chores would be done, the dry cleaning would be sent out and picked up, the food would be purchased, cooked, and served, and perhaps even your household accounting would be done. That’s the life people live when they have a skilled housekeeper.

A recent comment exchange with Kathy D. and with Tim at Solitary Praxis has got me thinking about the role of housekeepers in crime fiction. And housekeepers are certainly woven through the genre. It makes sense, too, when you consider that housekeepers have been part of the social and economic structure of many societies for a long time.

In days past, of course, people of means (and even plenty of people who weren’t extremely wealthy) had household staffs (cooks, maids, drivers, nannies, and so on). The housekeeper supervised those people – not always an easy…

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