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By Its Cover: Hostile Witness

Photographic covers, especially stunning ones of familiar places, attract attention. There’s something about a photograph that makes one wonder more about what is seen. Here we have a nighttime view of Washington, D.C. The lone figure of a woman in the foreground looks toward familiar monuments of the city. The lit landmarks, the light reflected… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Code Grey

Pets, particularly cats, often feature in mystery stories. This one’s a bit unusual in that it features a ghost cat. Mr. Grey was/is the name of Dulcie Schwartz’s late cat, and befittingly serves as the eponymous “grey” of the titles in the series. Presumably—although looking more corporeal—Mr. Grey is the cat on the cover who… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Tea with Jam and Dread

It’s scrumptious! What better way to market a culinary mystery than with something delectable on the cover? Perfectly tying into the title, tea and jam are served up on a plate. The jam—is it raspberry, strawberry?—on toast looks absolutely mouth-watering. But what’s this? Is that jam or specks of blood at the edge of the… Read More ›

A Cover Revealed

The moment I saw my first mystery novel’s cover—and as the publication of my first book neared—I began envisioning what the cover of my second novel could be. The first book with its stylish black-and-white image set a classic traditional mystery tone for the series. I liked the idea of featuring the victim on the… Read More ›

Well-Offed in Vermont

How shall I put this? I wanted to like this book—and to some extent I did—but ultimately I found it disappointing. Well-Offed in Vermont begins with Stella and Nick Buckley moving from NYC to Vermont. They’re just arriving at their new home, an 1890 farmhouse in need of a few home repairs, including the installation… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Murder in Bollywood

After spotting this mystery novel’s cover, I read the book blurb: ” ‘Someone at this table has killed before, and someone at this table will kill again.’ Nikhil Kapoor, Bollywood’s biggest film director, made this shocking proclamation to his friends one night. Sameer Ali Khan, Bollywood’s badshah, seethed with rage. Nyra Oberoi, filmdom’s queen-in-waiting, turned… Read More ›

Starship Traveller

Have you ever dreamed about exploring the furthest reaches of space? Fantasized about what it would be like to travel on a space ship like the one in Star Trek or to pilot one like those in Star Wars? What about being the captain of your very own ship? In this choose-your-own-adventure, a 344-page game… Read More ›

By Its Cover: Death on Demand series

How important is it for a book series to maintain the same look and feel? The open gateway to a cemetery—with either a church or mausoleum beyond the visible graves—first drew my eye. This nighttime scene with its full moon creates a chilling tone suggestive of the supernatural or otherworldly. And then there’s the title:… Read More ›

Blog Tour: Mystery Author Maia Chance

Fairy tales in their original forms can be quite…grim. These short tales full of wonder, magic, and “happy endings” continue to inspire our imaginations and our literature. In 2014, Snow White Red-Handed debuted with the opening/first lines: “Miss Ophelia Flax was neither a professional confidence trickster nor a lady’s maid, but she’d played both on… Read More ›

Top 10 Fantasy Novels of 2015?

After looking at last year’s top mysteries, it’s time to check out which fantasy novels were the most popular in 2015.  The following list includes a mix of high fantasy and urban/paranormal fantasy titles, all of which are shelved in the Fantasy section at the library where I work.  Based on circulation figures, these were the… Read More ›

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