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Tequila Mockingbird

Give a literary spin to your favorite cocktails. Author Tim Federle takes his love of cocktails and combines them with a love of literature.  What might some of the most famous books inspire?  “Pay proper homage to the world’s greatest stories and storytellers” with these inspired cocktails.  There’s “drinks for dames”, “gulps for guys”, “bevvies… Read More ›

Wicked Syracuse

Every city has its secrets… “Like any city, Syracuse holds secrets.  Some secrets are simply things that don’t get said, but others are juicy–the stuff scandals, soap operas and miniseries are made of.  If stalwart heroes made Syracuse a vibrant, growing city, so too did the miscreants that dot the city’s history.” Reading like the… Read More ›

The Agatha Christie Companion

People magazine called it, “Indispensable!” An entertaining and informative guide, The Agatha Christie Companion: the Complete Guide to Agatha Christie’s Life and Work is indeed indispensable.  Originally published in 1984, a revised, paperback edition was released by Berkley Books in November of 1989.  It is this paperback edition that is perhaps the rattiest book I own;… Read More ›

Hillary Waugh’s Guide

Take a guided tour of the mystery genre with this writing reference book, Hillary Waugh’s Guide to Mysteries & Mystery Writing.  Published in 1991, not long after I began writing mysteries, this was—and still is—a book I read for inspiration and ideas. The book is essentially a two-in-one guide.   The first part focuses on “The History… Read More ›

The Poisoner’s Handbook

As this site’s first book review, I’ve chosen the aptly titled, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Author Deborah Blum presents the true story of Dr. Charles Norris, Manhattan’s first trained medical examiner, and toxicologist Alexander Gettler and their efforts to create standardized methods for identifying… Read More ›

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