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#WhatImReadingNow: Good As Gone

Jane woke up and whispered, “Julie?” The room yawned around her. After two years of sleeping alone in her own bedroom in the new house, Jane no longer dreamed of the ceiling fan dropping onto the bed and chopping her up. The spiders, too, had vanished from the shadows; ten-year-olds don’t need to have the […]

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#WhatImReadingNow : Swiss Vendetta

The old man’s face was pale gray and his eyes were closed. Agnes saw the glint of a long knife in Estanguet’s hand and she leapt forward. He saw her and flicked the blade toward Arsov’s throat. She halted, the element of surprise lost. “He killed my sister,” Estanguet said. “Took the last family I […]

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The Bonus Round (2014 Edition)

I’ve been publishing a recap, every January (or February!), of every book mentioned in posts during the past year. It’s just a list of of books I talked about last year, here on the blog, and I present them as a cross-reference … in case you were thinking of reading one of them, say. Mind […]

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Short Saturday: Things You Should Know When Writing About Guns

This is probably not a post you would expect from me. I’m not a fan of guns in real life. (And that’s enough said; this column isn’t about politics.) However, I am a fan of learning, a fan of research, and a fan of veracity in fiction so I found this post from author Chuck […]

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The Bonus Round (2013 Edition)

I’ve been publishing a recap, every January, of every book mentioned in posts during the past year. (Except—whoops—I missed January this year. But maybe you did too? Man, that month went by fast!) Mind you, this is not a list of books I read last year (although there are some of those on this list); […]

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Word Count Matters

One of the first manuscripts I turned in as a freelance editor caused a minor panic at the publishing house. “This novel is too long,” the managing editor said in an email. “It’s 90K words. We contracted 75K.” (Let me tell you just how many fifteen thousand words are, kids, in case you have to […]

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Resources for Mystery/Suspense Writers

We’ve been talking about the mystery/suspense genre lately, and I wanted to bring you a quick little list of blogs* that will be of interest to those of you who write them, or think you might like to write them. These sites provide procedural tips—and also good ideas, jumping-off points for your next great plot. […]

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It’s a Mystery to Me!

I grew up in a house that very often had a card table set up with an ongoing jigsaw puzzle on it. Today you’ll find that jigsaw puzzle on my dining room table. I find them mentally stimulating—but also very relaxing. It’s a paradox! So … I love a puzzle. Which is why I love […]

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Short Saturday: Things I Wish I’d Known

Louise Penny is the author of the popular Inspector Gamache mystery series, set in the fictional village Three Pines, not far from Montréal. Readers of this blog know I’m a fan (see this or this, for starters). Penny has a new book out—How the Light Gets In, which debuted at number one on the New […]

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