Mariah Fredericks is the author of several young adult novels and has now graduated to a new genre.
In a New York Times book review, the writer said, “History comes alive when a character you think of as a friend is in the thick of the action. That’s how Jacqueline Winspear keeps her Maisie Dobbs series so fresh.”
We’ve all uttered the words “when the best laid plans” to summarize a situation when all our carefully made arrangements for a special occasion go awry and instead of enjoying a stress free vacation or a delightful family reunion we find ourselves dealing with total chaos.
It seems as though each passing day brings news of war horrors somewhere in the world. We are overwhelmed with news broadcasts filled with on-the-scene reporting, complete with film footage of the suffering men, women, and children caught in the tragedies.
Gardeners lead the numbers of readers devoted to Susan Wittig Albert’s character China Bayles, whose quiet life as owner of Thyme and Seasons, an herb shop in the small Texas town of Pecan Springs, is periodically interrupted by murder and mayhem.
Established author Sheila Connolly recently introduced a new series with the publication of Murder at the Mansion featuring Katherine Hamilton, a recently fired supervisor of a high-end boutique hotel in Baltimore.
Death by suicide is horrible: for the victim, the deceased’s family, and for those friends and acquaintances left behind. I know. One of my dearest aunts chose to end her life in 1976 after a period of troubles stemming from, I believe, an undiagnosed bipolar condition. But, whatever the cau…
In the late 1890s, society functions often included a tableau vivant, an elaborate staging by live models wearing elaborate costumes posed to represent a living picture. For example participants might recreate the paintings The Last Supper or Washington Crossing the Delaware. While the model…
America’s keen interest in the mysterious disappearance of the Lost Colonists of Roanoke continues to intrigue us today.
It seems almost bizarre today to think that a marriage between a young man and woman might be “arranged” by their parents and that prior to the wedding, they might never have met one another.
M.C. Beaton, whose true name is Marion (McChesney) Gibbons, has delighted readers for nearly 40 years with her mystery novels featuring Scottish policeman Hamish MacBeth and Cotswolds detective Agatha Raisin. She’s also penned a couple of dozen romance novels under various names and several …
Author Catherine Lloyd’s acclaimed Kurland St. Mary mystery series features Sir Robert Kurland and his wife Lady Lucy Kurland, a wealthy couple in early 19th century England.
We met Maggie Hope, American-born spy and code-breaker extraordinaire, several years ago in Susan Elia MacNeal’s first novel, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.
Charleston, South Carolina, aka The Holy City because of its multitude of churches, is one of the most beautiful, historical, and intriguing cities in the world. From its first-hand experiences in pre-Revolutionary War days down to the present, it offers something for everyone.
During the 1920s, the term “bright young things” was coined by the tabloid press to name a collection of bohemian young aristocrats and socialites, whose hedonistic lifestyles included elaborate fancy dress parties, elaborate treasure hunts, much drinking, and some drug use.
True lovers of mysteries, for the most part, adore the works of Agatha Christie, whose writing career spanned half a century at the time of her death in 1976. The English writer’s works include mystery novels, traditional novels, short stories, and plays. She created such memorable character…
One of the most beloved stories, read, reread, told, retold, and portrayed on the stage each holiday season, is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Donna Andrews’ series featuring blacksmith Meg Langslow of Caerphilly, Virginia captured my attention several years ago with the first book installment Murder with Peacocks. Following have been twenty-one more books, each featuring the name of a bird or something bird-related in their titles…
The frost is on the pumpkin, tree leaves are changing colors, and turkey breasts are on sale. All are signs of the approaching holiday season. So, too, are the new holiday-themed mysteries now appearing in local bookstores.
It’s always a delight to discover at new mystery series, especially one as unique and well done as that featuring Poppy Harmon and her fellow retirees in Palm Springs, California.
I pride myself on being able to identify the culprit in mysteries. Of all the literary genres, mysteries top my list of favorites. I’ve read them for over 60 years, from the Hardy boys to Agatha Christie. I even wrote my Master’s thesis on the works of Patricia Wentworth. I know of what I speak.
Charles Finch is the bestselling author of the Charles Lenox mysteries. Set in England in the mid-1800s, they include The Inheritance and A Beautiful Blue Death, the last of which was nominated for an Agatha Award.
It’s hard to believe that Katherine Hall Page has published twenty-four works in her Faith Fairchild mystery series. It seems like only yesterday readers were introduced to Faith in The Body in the Belfrey.
Molly MacRae launched the Highland Bookshop series last year with the publication of Plaid and Plagiarism, and I’ve looked forward to the second book since.
I can’t tell you when I fell in love with Jane Austen. I think it was somewhere between my junior and senior years at East Tennessee State University when I first began to give in to the maturity process and realized there was more to life than kegs of beer and partying all weekend long.
Described by the Houston Chronicler as “one of the most fascinating mystery writers today,” Martha Grimes has delighted readers with her Richard Jury series for several decades. For the most part, the books are set in England, each work bearing the name of a pub.
We’d be hard put to find someone unfamiliar with the story of Cinderella. From the cradle, we’ve known about the poor little cinder girl, her wicked stepmother and her mean stepsisters. Cinderella’s rags to riches story, complete with a fairy godmother, mice, and glass slippers has been film…
For several years, readers have followed the life of Maisie Dobbs, a young woman born into service in pre-World War I England. A brilliant child, she caught the attention of an aristocratic couple after being discovered reading in their library.
The Boston Globe called her “the undisputed grande dame of the modern mystery,”and the New York Times Book Review described her as “simply a wonderful writer.” The Los Angeles Times named her “The Queen of Crime,” the New York Times dubbed her “the genre’s most talented practitioner ever,” a…
Several years ago, noted historian and author Alison Weir began the monumental task of writing six sweeping historical novels, one for each of King Henry VIII’s wives. With the recent publication of Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen, Weir’s task is now half done.
Charles Frazier earned his rightful place as one of today’s leading writers with the publication of Cold Mountain, a bestseller that later earned Oscars for its film version. Set during the brutal days of the Civil War, Cold Mountain was followed by Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.
I recently reviewed The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes, first in a series of mystery novels and became interested in learning more about the real Mitford family who play such a role in the books.