Author Archives: Richard Cass

About Richard Cass

Dick is the author of the first two entries in the Elder Darrow Jazz Mystery series, In Solo Time and Solo Act, the story of an alcoholic who walks into a dive bar in Boston . . . and buys it. Solo Act was a Finalist for the Maine Literary Award in Crime Fiction, in 2017 and In Solo Time won the award in 2018. Dick serves on the Board of the Mystery Writers of America's New England chapter and lives and writes in Cape Elizabeth.

Everything’s a Threat If You Look at it Right

First off, many many thanks to MWPA for selecting In Solo Time as winner of the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction for 2018. I’m both honored and humbled, knowing the caliber of the writers we have here in Maine. Second, … Continue reading

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Native to What?

So, once again, we come to the Silly Season—no, not the annual return of the summer people driving like soused nonagenarians down the wrong side of Commercial Street, but political primary season. I notice that, this time around, a lot … Continue reading

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Serendipity Favoring the Semi-Prepared Mind

As we move from snow season to mud season to tree-trimming and roadwork season, I found myself stuck in traffic on Route 77 yesterday thinking about serendipity.  When I attended college, the school’s President used to give a speech at … Continue reading

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Raves and (Minor-Key) Rants

I’m fond of a show that appears on Public television on Friday nights that comes out of WGBH Boston. It’s called Beat the Press and does quick hits on various journalism stories of the week. I’m particularly fond of a … Continue reading

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Like Frozen Ice?

Back when I was investigating graduate schools in pursuit of becoming the World’s Oldest Living Graduate Student ™, I came across an odd description of the University of New Hampshire’s Master’s program in English and Writing in a comment online. … Continue reading

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Orts: OLLI, Sentences, and a Couple of Reviews

Lots of orts this month and no central theme, a reaction no doubt to the cold, then thaw, then cold again. I’ve enjoyed the class I’m facilitating that introduces Maine Mystery Writers to students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute … Continue reading

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Chasing the BHAG

It is axiomatic that January means goal-setting for a lot of people. For a lot of years, I’ve given myself a list of things I’d like to accomplish in a given year, some personal and some professional, but as time … Continue reading

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