Category Archives: Brenda’s Posts

The Stack

Here it is folks, my Christmas Stack. My family and friends know what I like, and bless them, they come through year after year. I received a boodle of wonderful books this holiday season, perfect timing because with Covid surging … Continue reading

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O Tannenbaum, Revived!

When contemplating this month’s blog post I re-read a few of my past December offerings and decided this evergreen one, originally published on December 19, 2019,  deserved a reprint.  The ongoing pandemic has, of course, forced some changes in how … Continue reading

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Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories 2021

During my teenage years I went through a long period when I immersed myself in the short stories of great writers such as Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin and John Steinbeck. I read their full-length books as well, devoured … Continue reading

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New England Crime Bake Update

The ongoing pandemic is forcing us to ask the same plaintive question we’ve been asking since March, 2020— is whatever it is we’ve been yearning for actually going to happen? Is there a suitable outdoor venue so our favorite concert series … Continue reading

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I Read Ruth Moore

I’ve been re-reading Ruth Moore lately, inspired to revisit her novels by a familiar bumper sticker I spotted when we were in Deer Isle in May looking for migrating warblers. These blue and white declarations of literary loyalty are a … Continue reading

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Putting Food on the Page

When writing my own stories and reading those written by others, I’m always keen to know what the characters are eating. This has nothing to do with the fact that like many of us in the culinary paradise that is … Continue reading

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So, What Cha’ Doing This Weekend?

A bevy of top-notch crime writers will be in Maine this weekend and we writers and readers of crime fiction get to hang out with them. Virtually, that is. Maine Crime Wave is tomorrow. It’s happening on Zoom, and as … Continue reading

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How a Post-Pandemic Road Trip is like Writing a Book

This past weekend my spouse and I set doubt and fear aside and took a road trip. Like many others who live distant from kin, it had been a too long since we’d seen our families in person. We kept … Continue reading

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Writing After The Pandemic

I’ve been thinking lately about a literature class I took in high school that focused on the work of some of the most well-known writers of the early twentieth century. While the old-school denizens of the English Department marched us … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Margaret Maron

When I met Margaret Maron at Bouchercon in Raleigh in October, 2015, I not only had a fan girl moment, I announced to her that I was having a fan girl moment. She laughed and took my hand and told … Continue reading

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