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When the Rains Came…

Yet again, I’m skipping ahead to introduce the prologue to my planned seventh novel, When the Rains Came…  Unusual, at least for me, in that it’s the first book or story to be told in first person, something I’m not a huge fan of.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading books with first person narration.  It’s… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini – IV

Leap Day brings Part IV of the serialized original eStory written by yours truly exclusively for this website.  Future installments won’t be as long in appearing.  Although when’s the next Blue Moon…? Set in Syracuse, New York, in 1987, in The Poisoned Martini, Rick Gray is about to get a rude awakening.  He’d met an intriguing… Read More ›

The First Mystery I Ever Read

He wears a deerstalker hat and trenchcoat.  Equipped with a magnifying glass and his trusty detective manual, he searches for clues and solves cases.  No, not Sherlock Holmes.  It’s Detective Mole! I’ve long remembered that very first mystery story I ever read.  Well, bits and pieces.  I remembered it was a Detective Mole story.  He was investigating… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini – Part III

Here’s the long overdue Part III of the serialized original eStory written by yours truly exclusively for this website. Rick Gray and others will encounter the poisoned martini in this murder mystery set in Syracuse, New York, in 1987.  The police have recently solved the murders at the Syracuse Botanical Gardens.  Rick was a suspect in… Read More ›

A Weekend for Murder

Here is a look at the beginning of the prologue to my second original murder mystery novel, Death at Danforth House.  Edith Baxter–who appears in Death on Stoneridge (click here)–is among the select group of guests invited to a famous suspense author’s estate, and it is she who will solve the murder mystery to unfold…. Read More ›

The Organization of Writing

Looking over old pieces of mine this weekend, I’m struck again by a curious thing.  Grabbing readers from the very beginning of what you write can be of the utmost importance when crafting a story.  Yet is the beginning of what story you’ve written necessarily told in the best possible way? Take the following as… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini – Part II

Here’s Part II of the serialized original eStory written by yours truly exclusively for this website. Rick Gray and others will encounter the poisoned martini in this murder mystery set in Syracuse, New York, in 1987.  The police have recently solved the murders at the Syracuse Botanical Gardens.  Rick was a suspect in that case.  Now,… Read More ›

Murder at the Gardens – Prologue

I’m skipping ahead here just a bit.  I’m still fine tuning the prologue for my second novel, A Weekend for Murder.  In the meantime, since I mentioned my third novel precedes The Poisoned Martini eStory, I thought I’d present a look at the prologue for Murder at the Gardens. *** A lone person paced back and… Read More ›

The Poisoned Martini – Part I

It’s here!  Part I of the serialized original eStory written by yours truly exclusively for this website. Rick Gray (introduced here) and others will encounter the poisoned martini in this murder mystery set in Syracuse, New York, in 1987.  The police have recently solved the murders at the Syracuse Botanical Gardens.  Rick was a suspect in that… Read More ›

Meet Rick Gray

Jonah Richard Gray II is the eldest of Thaddeus Alcott’s grandsons.  Better known as Rick, this handsome twenty-two year old is passionate about photography, classic cinema, and martinis.  He has thick brown hair and blue-green eyes and has a lean, athletic build. Rick first appears in Murder at the Gardens, the third novel in my Mysteries… Read More ›

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