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Classic Spy Thrillers

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8 January 2019 • Mystery

Begin a new year by reading some of the best crime novels from years past. I invite readers of The Poisoned Martini to join me—online that is—in reading classic spy thrillers. These four titles appear on both the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time lists… Read More ›

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CNY Literary Festival

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The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is hosting its 1st CNY Literary Festival on Friday, November 30 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, featuring more than 30 local authors from the Central New York area. The event is for all ages with authors of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and children’s books. Join me for a celebration of… Read More ›

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Classic Spy Thrillers

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Begin a new year by reading some of the best crime novels from years past. I invite readers of The Poisoned Martini to join me—online that is—in reading classic spy thrillers. These four titles appear on both the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time and the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time lists… Read More ›

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Friday Cocktail: Bijou

Enjoy a jewel of a cocktail this Friday with the elegant Bijou! The Bijou is a classic cocktail dating back to the 1890s. Professional bartender Harry Johnson is credited with the drink’s creation which is French for “jewel.” Apparently, the colors of the ingredients reminded Harry of jewels: gin (diamond), sweet vermouth (ruby), and green… Read More ›

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Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2018?

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Following a look at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out the fantasy novels that were the most popular in 2018. Based on circulation figures at my local library, these were the most checked out fantasy titles in 2018. Some surprising entries ranked high on this year’s list… *** 10. The Invisible Library… 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 66

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Begin the new year with a renewed commitment to writing! Reserve some time to write each day. Perhaps that’s what action will happen in the photo below? A small round table set for two sits in a corner of a darkened restaurant, bar, or lounge. Especially reserved, but for who? Surely it’s not for a… Read More ›

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