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Friday Cocktail: Barbary Coast

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29 June 2018 • Martinis

This Friday, experience the Barbary Coast in a glass. The Barbary Coast was the European term used from the 16th to 19th centuries for the coastal stretch of Northern Africa from present day Morocco to Libya. Barbary corsairs sailed the Mediterranean Sea during this period plundering merchant ships and raiding coastal towns. A tumultuous history… Read More ›

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Syracuse Mysteries on Sale

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The Poisoned Martini celebrates its anniversary this week. In honor of the event, both books in the Syracuse Mystery series will be on sale. This week, get Death on Stoneridge, the first book in the Syracuse Mystery series, for 0.99¢ on Amazon. Find out what happens when shots ring out on a seemingly quiet neighborhood… Read More ›

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Peril & Prayer: a Sister Lou Mystery

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“Sister Louise LaSalle, two murders in Briar Coast in three months—and you’re on site for both of them.” So pronounces deputy sheriff Ted Tate upon arriving at the scene of the crime in this second mystery by author Olivia Matthews. Welcome to Briar Coast, a not-so-sleepy town in Upstate New York. The sisters of the… Read More ›

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Friday Cocktail: Barbary Coast

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This Friday, experience the Barbary Coast in a glass. The Barbary Coast was the European term used from the 16th to 19th centuries for the coastal stretch of Northern Africa from present day Morocco to Libya. Barbary corsairs sailed the Mediterranean Sea during this period plundering merchant ships and raiding coastal towns. A tumultuous history… Read More ›

Fantasy »

Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2017?

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Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2017. Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out fantasy titles in 2017. It’s an unusually surprising list… *** 10.  Staked by Kevin Hearne — In the 8th… Read More ›

Stories »

Just One More Day

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I suppose it’s impertinent to post photos (and stories) about one’s pets, expecting anonymous others to care as much as the pet’s owner, or thinking they’ll be moved by what they see or read. But pet lovers understand, and there is a catharsis in sharing. So here’s my tale. My little Pekingese Ming-Lee passed away… Read More ›

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Writing Challenge 64

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The house on the hill, in the woods, set apart at the edge of town. What secrets (or horrors) are to be discovered within? It’s familiar trope, but one that’s endlessly fascinating. Our curiosities are piqued by who might live there and what stories they’ve lived. It is often a key setting/location in any story…. Read More ›

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