Are You Okay?

Are you okay this morning? Did you survive Halloween, full moon, time change, and the small earthquakes in Oklahoma, Texas, California,  and Alaska? Take a deep breath, look around, and enjoy this first day of November–a brand-new month, a momentous month for several reasons. Happy birthday to all my readers whose birthday comes this month. […]

The Gold at Day’s End

The Gold at Day’s End

  There’s something about the late afternoon, just before the supper hour, when the day is winding down  and the light lies golden and still through the windows. There’s a hush, a silence in empty rooms, a quiet acceptance that the day is over and soon the sun will slip beneath the horizon. Memories return […]

A Little Philosophy and Murder

A Little Philosophy and Murder

Sometimes, Ned, Pat and Jackie are philosophers. As my friend Jane once said, good friends are doctors and scientists and, well, I’m not quoting her correctly, but most of all, friends are there for each other. So, these three have their own thoughts about what causes a person to go bad. This is from Moonstruck […]

An Upside Down Prayer

An Upside Down Prayer

A Prayer of Cyrus Brown “The proper way for a man to pray” said Deacon Lemuel Keyes, “and the only proper attitude is down upon his knees.” “Nay, I should say the way to pray,” said Reverend Dr. Wise “is standing straight with outstretched arms and rapt and upturned eyes.” “Oh, no, no, no.” said […]

It Must Have Been the Moonlight

It Must Have Been the Moonlight

  The day started in an ordinary fashion. Nothing about it made Ned McNeil think an innocent phone call would plunge her into a dark secret and set her among some of the most dangerous people she had ever encountered. Maybe it was the moonlight. People said that a full moon did strange things to […]

An Open and Shut Case

An Open and Shut Case

To the authors who read my blog: As you write your new book, do you find that you have some chapters you prefer to other chapters? To the readers who read my blog: As you read a cozy mystery, are there chapters that stand out to you? And then, of course, there are favorite parts within each chapter. […]

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