A Bookstore a Month

I started out with a grand plan to visit a new bookstore or library each month of 2020. We all know how that worked out. My bookstore for January was McIntyre’s in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a lovely independent bookstore with a huge mystery section. I was even able to participate in an author’s eventContinue reading “A Bookstore a Month”

Have you read Damaged Goods?

Occasionally I like to post a review of a book I have read recently. Damaged Goods by Jack Everett and David Coles is a great one. The following is the review I wrote for Suspense Magazine: Damaged Goods opens as Robert Cleghorn is chopping a tree in his brother Alan’s front yard. While he musesContinue reading “Have you read Damaged Goods?”

Thanks for Great Review of Hotel Saint Clare in Suspense Magazine

Hotel Saint Clare by Kathleen Heady A young woman rises from the sea and steps out of the waves with seaweed twined in her long hair. Although it sounds like the resurrection of a goddess, it is actually the opening scene for a mysterious tale. Two young boys collecting shells on the seashore tell theContinue reading “Thanks for Great Review of Hotel Saint Clare in Suspense Magazine”

A Full English Breakfast with Variations

On the first page of my novel The Gate House, the main character, Nara, bemoans having to prepare a full English breakfast at her aunt’s bed and breakfast. If you have not had the opportunity tuck into one of these artery clogging delights, I will describe it for you. A full English breakfast consists ofContinue reading “A Full English Breakfast with Variations”

The “Nature” of Setting

I have always wondered how a person’s surrounding affect they way they live. How is it different to grow up on the flat land of Illinois in the midst of corn fields and soy beans, compared to a city overlooked by an ancient castle (Edinburgh, Scotland), or the lushness of tropical trees and flowers. DifferentContinue reading “The “Nature” of Setting”