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Someone Always Knows, by Marcia Muller; Feels Phoned-In

Someone Always Knows is the 32nd Sharon McCone mystery, written by Marcia Muller. In addition to the McCone series which started in 1977, Muller has written several other series, including a history-mystery series co-written with her husband Bill Pronzini. I … Continue reading

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Things I’m Thankful For, 2017

2017 hasn’t been a great year in many ways. That makes it even more important that I take a few minutes to reflect on things I am thankful for. I’m thankful for all the first responders who came to northern … Continue reading

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Now I Want to Write Grimm FanFic

After re-watching BBC America’s brilliant SF show Orphan Black, my next re-watch was NBC’s urban fantasy police procedural, Grimm. Grimm is good fun and I am enjoying it although it is at nowhere near the level of Orphan Black or … Continue reading

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

I recently read the debut novel by Matthew Sullivan, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. You will probably find this book in general fiction, but you might find it in the mystery section. If you do, we aware that there … Continue reading

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Visiting Auburn

Auburn sits in the Sierra foothills about forty miles northeast of Sacramento. In November, it glows with reds, yellows and the dark greens of evergreen against a blue sky, or, as we had, a blue sky filled with brush strike … Continue reading

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Riverdale is off the Rails

I thought the first season of the CW’s Riverdale, based on the Archie comics, was promising. The second season’s overarching plot includes a crime lord who has just returned home from jail, a masked serial shooter and fear-driven mobs. The … Continue reading

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My Locus Byline

I had a short article appear in Locus, the trade magazine for science fiction and fantasy. Locus provides market reports, market updates,  convention reports, interviews and reviews. The article was a recap of HawaiiCon 2017. It ran just shy of … Continue reading

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All Hallows Read After Action Report

Trick-or-treaters started earlier than usual on my street; the first ones showed up at 5:30 and the sun hadn’t even set yet. They were tots, and I think the parents were hoping to keep to a semblance of a routine.  … Continue reading

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An Evening of Scary Stories

Friday, October 27, Copperfield’s in Petaluma hosted a “scary story night” book launch of Word Horde’s latest anthology, Tales From a Talking Board. The fourteen stories (nearly) all contain some form of divination but, as the title implies the most … Continue reading

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Cash on the Barrelhead? Maybe Not

A few months ago I posted on Facebook about a strange occurrence at the Peet’s Coffee closest to me. I buy coffee beans there. More than half the time – probably seventy-five percent of the time –I pay cash. Maybe … Continue reading

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