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While all the TV shows and commercials are depicting snow, here in L.A. it’s raining ash and debris. Happy holidays!
Because a smoke advisory is in effect, I have to stay inside and read. Luckily, cabin fever …

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Mystery and Mirth Mingle at Malice Domestic 2009

May 8, 2009 – 11:30 am | 5 Comments
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Malice Domestic is a mystery convention that takes place every year in the D.C. area., honoring the traditional mystery (no explicit sex or violence). The organization hands out the Agatha Awards, named for Agatha Christie. …

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Gillian Flynn’s Creepy DARK PLACES

May 5, 2009 – 11:21 am | 7 Comments
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When I received my copy of Gillian Flynn‘s Dark Places (out today), I yelped with joy because I’d been waiting three years for the follow-up to her superb, Dagger-winning Sharp Objects. My reaction is ironic …

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Tony Hays's Compelling KILLING WAY

May 4, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 2 Comments
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One of my contributing writers, Eric Edwards, a huge fan of the Arthurian legend, turned in this guest review of Tony Hays‘s new novel, The Killing Way.
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Billing The Killing Way as “An Arthurian Mystery” is …

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Crais, Parker, Winslow & Wambaugh discuss “Cops & Crooks in California” — Conclusion

April 27, 2009 – 8:28 pm | 7 Comments
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This is part two of my report on the “Cops & Crooks in California” panel held this past Saturday, April 25, as part of the L.A. Times Festival of Books. (Click here for part one.) …

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"Cops & Crooks in California" Panel at L.A. Festival of Books with Crais, Winslow, Parker & Wambaugh

April 26, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 14 Comments
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Remember in the ’70s when you bought K-Tel compilation albums because you didn’t want to buy a bunch of albums by different bands where most cuts were just filler? This past Saturday, at the annual …

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Angelina Jolie Carves Out New Role as Kay Scarpetta

April 22, 2009 – 9:49 am | 9 Comments
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I used to read Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series back in the ’90s until it started going downhill. After that major thing with Benton, I felt they became unreadable and Scarpetta just wasn’t fun to …

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THE COLD LIGHT OF MOURNING is Quite Warm

April 21, 2009 – 8:22 pm | 2 Comments
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Mystery books often have dark, ominous-looking covers full of shadows and doom. So you know you’re in for something different when you pick up Elizabeth J. Duncan‘s debut mystery novel, The Cold Light of Mourning. …

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Michael Connelly's THE SCARECROW is Plenty Scary

April 19, 2009 – 10:50 pm | 8 Comments
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Michael Connelly has a new book, The Scarecrow, coming out May 26 and needs no help from me to sell planeloads of copies. If you’re a fan, you’ve probably already pre-ordered a copy from Amazon. …

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Richard Jenkins to EAT, PRAY, LOVE with Julia Roberts

April 16, 2009 – 1:56 pm | 13 Comments
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I’m one of the gazillion people who loved Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love so I’ve been keeping tabs on the movie adaptation to see if it’s getting the proper care as it makes its trek …

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Interview: Nerdy Questions for Author Steve Amick–Part Two

April 13, 2009 – 8:50 pm | 5 Comments
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This is the conclusion of an interview with Steve Amick (click here for part one), who wrote the 1940s love story, Nothing But a Smile.
PCN: If a movie of your book had been made …

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Interview: Nerdy Questions for Author Steve Amick–Part One

April 12, 2009 – 7:04 pm | 12 Comments
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One of the reasons I started this blog was to spotlight writers/artists/actors who may not be household names yet but I feel deserve attention. Last month, I received Steve Amick‘s book Nothing But a Smile …

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Unplugging from the Culture

April 10, 2009 – 12:21 am | 6 Comments
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I haven’t written in the last few days because this is where I was. Went away for a little R & R in Desert Hot Springs where there’s no phone, TV or Internet, just lots …

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