Category Archives: Notes

Stepping In Half-way Down the Block

Recently I read a mystery translated from Swedish, by an author who’s become a bestseller here in the US. It was the fourth book in a series that featured the same main character, but I found it to be a … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger

I was the guest writer today on the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine blog, “Something Is Going to Happen.” I decided to write about a police technique I encountered through the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Police Training Institute at the … Continue reading

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Homophones – the Land Minds of Writers

(and yes, that won was on purpose, as was that one.) It’s rare that you can scroll through a day’s worth of Facebook posts or memes without seeing a homophone – a word that’s pronounced the same way though it’s … Continue reading

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One of Twenty

Last Wednesday morning, I checked my emails and found one from Janet Hutchings, the editor of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine with the subject line “Congratulations.” The last time I received an email from her with that introduction was when I … Continue reading

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After the Golden Years

At my movie review blog, I’ve been combining my love of movies and mysteries by doing lists of the 10 best mystery movies for each of the past 5 decades, after the golden age of the 1930s through the 1950s. … Continue reading

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Broadchurch – An Appreciation

Recently BBC America aired the 8-part mystery Broadchurch, originally presented in England by ITV, an independent competitor of the BBC. Rather than wait a week between episodes I DVRed the series so I could watch it back to back. It … Continue reading

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The First Profiler

The case that began criminal profiling has faded in memory, replaced by newer bombing horrors such as the Boston Marathon Bombing or the attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. But those cases were solved in a matter … Continue reading

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Two Wonderful Words

Today I added two wonderful words to the manuscript I’ve been writing: The End. After  a very intensive 3 months, I have a complete first draft – working title: The Stable – that runs 98,000 words – 380  pages using … Continue reading

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Explosions and Implacable Investigations

In light of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, I thought some background on explosives and the investigative techniques used to track down bombers would be helpful. The main difference between an explosion and a simple fire is the rate … Continue reading

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A New Short Story Available Online

You can now read one of my stories on-line. I’d written earlier that my submission was chosen as a runner-up in the Legal Fiction contest held by the Journal of Legal Education, the publication of the Southwestern Law School located … Continue reading

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