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Covering a homicide trial as a journalist through the eyes of a crime writer

As I write this, I’m sitting on the floor outside of a courtroom as a jury deliberates somewhere in this building on the fate of a guy whose trial I’ve been covering since Oct. 2. It’s been a long time … Continue reading

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Books, Audiobooks, & Netflix by Matt Cost

There are so many formats of reading in the current world. I am presently reading Robbed Blind by Gerry Boyle, listening to Win by Harlan Coben on audiobook, and watching Longmire on Netflix. Does this count as reading three books … Continue reading

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Keeping a Series Character Alive

A reprise, but on my mind as I’m writing another Elder Darrow . . I recently came across a tweet from Lawrence Block praising John Sandford’s recent release in the Prey series, a fine police procedural set in and around … Continue reading

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“Goldenrod Whispering Goodbye” & Squirrels Eating Pumpkins

Sandra Neily here: It’s late fall and while I’ve written this season into my novels, today I’m inviting (virtually) two other supremely talented writers to share “fall” in inspired words. Song for Autumn In the deep fall don’t you imagine … Continue reading

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The Stinky Rose

I really love garlic. Enough to write about it in this post instead of talking up my new psychological thriller, THE ANCHORMAN’S WIFE (Level Best Books), which publishes 10/24/2023. In fact, I just came from a garlic festival this weekend … Continue reading

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by Jule Selbo It was a dark Tuesday night, first week of October, at the Topsham Library. The Mystery Game, set up by Topsham librarian Linda Meadows and MCW Kate Flora, was in progress. Barbara Ross, Dick Cass and I … Continue reading

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When you were a child, did you yearn to go blueberry picking with Sal? Were you thrilled when deep-water man Burt Dow, his seagull sidekick and his multi-colored boat the Tidley-Idley were swallowed by a whale? Have you made a … Continue reading

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What We’re Reading

Our group post this month is designed to share some of the books we’ve recently read and enjoyed. Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments. Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson: I’ve been rereading Lindsey Davis’s wonderful Marcus … Continue reading

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To Have an Opinion or to Not Have an Opinion by Matt Cost

It is vitally important to flesh out the characters in a novel. They must leap from the pages vivaciously like real living beings. And nobody is more important than that of the protagonist of the story. Nothing will kill a … Continue reading

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Owning an Island

You take the Laura B from Port Clyde, as if you were going out to Monhegan, but five miles out, your captain backs the boat into a tiny wharf off an island named Allen, in a narrow cut between it … Continue reading

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